You Need to Postpone Your Heart Attacks if You Live in a Red State

We’re hearing that Idaho hospitals are officially rationing care, but the same thing is happening in hospitals in many states. There’s a terribly alarming story at ProPublica providing several examples of people who lost their lives from treatable illness because the hospitals were overwhelmed with covid patients.

One boy survived a burst appendix after waiting for hours in an emergency room. Later his father tweeted,

If you want to keep your blood pressure down, don’t read the replies to the tweet. Lots of people either thought the father was lying or that the hospital was just incompetent.

In spring 2020, when covid was new, this was why the public health people wanted to “bend the curve” and slow the spread of covid. They wanted to keep the health care system from being overrun. Well, now it’s happening, in red states.

I just checked; here in St. Francois County we’ve got a 16 percent positivity rate, which is considered extremely bad. So far the hospitals seems to be functioning okay, but we probably have more hospital capacity here than a lot of other counties.

Along with Idaho, Alaska and parts of Montana have also gone “crisis care” mode, meaning you need to reschedule your heart attack there. But the boy with the burst appendix lives in Florida. A man in Texas was diagnosed with gallstone pancreatitis, which is serious but treatable, but it took so many hours to find a hospital that could take him he could not be saved.

Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times notes that Sarah Palin’s “death panels” seem to have finally materialized, in Republican states. In Idaho, hospitals are having to “triage” patients, and those less likely to survive simply are not going to get aggressive care. Hiltzik writes,

In recent times, the state has become known as a haven for those celebrating rugged individualism, but its leaders have bowed to that principle obsequiously. Back in March, several Republican officeholders attended mask-burning rallies across the state.

“We’re standing here today to rein back government,” one of the organizers said.

The state’s political leaders have scrambled to outdo each other to “protect” the citizens of Idaho from having to wear masks. The state has also been a slacker at reporting vaccination data, I take it.

People aren’t learning from any of this.

6 thoughts on “You Need to Postpone Your Heart Attacks if You Live in a Red State

  1. Stupid gonna stupid.

    A note to tRUMP MAGAts and other KKKonservatives,

    Please stop!

    I don't know about the rest of the liberals/progressives here, but I feel owned.

    Totally owned.

    "12 Years a Slave" owned!

    For the love of doG, stop trying to own us!

    (I'm kidding, you hapless, half/dim/nit/fuck-wits!  Stop doing what you're doing now, get the  vaccine, and live life in peace).

  2. Heard at the watercooler… When this Covid thing is over I'm still gonna wear a mask just so people don't think I'm a Republican.

    • Interesting how the "average" republican, and by that I mean those that don't go to the rallies, dress up as "patriots," wave guns around and call in death threats, and get violent at school board meetings, don't want to own the fact that they vote republican.  Its the shame at what their party stands for and does, which they cannot defend.

  3. "Conservative" Ben Shapiro, prompted by Larry Elder's wipeout in the California recall election, raised again secession for red states, saying "its the best hope for conservatives."

    I say let them go.  In fact, encourage them to leave and don't let the door hit on your collective behinds on the way out. Leave, and take your overflowing hospitals, anti-vax and resulting covid-19 death rates with you.  Take your lies, lunatic conspiracies, death threats and hypocrisies too.  Take your guns, lack of health care, pollution, mysogyny as well, all your fears, hatred and "freedumbs" and relieve blue states of having to subsidize your hell hole states.  Go on and live the consequences of your conservative ideas of freedom.  If this is your Utopia, you can have it, and rest assured, we don’t want it.

    But you know what?  Given the chance to secede they wouldn't; just like they run to the hospitals infected with covid when reality catches up with them after swearing science doesn't matter, only their myths of superiority and their sick, deluded idea of “politics” does, they couldn't survive on their ideology if left to their own devices.  

    Leave them to it.

    I am so sick of these people.

  4. I don't know what the big deal is with these anti-vaxers. After hearing that over 160 million people received the vaccine without reports of mass deaths or severe complications I decided to get the vaccine myself. All went well for me with only slight adverse effects, some fatigue, a little muscle soreness in my arm, and refrigerator magnets jumping off and sticking to me when I brushed against the refrigerator. Really, no big deal.

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