MCViewPoint

Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Posts Tagged ‘health care workers’

To Mitigate Racial Inequity, the CDC Wants To Vaccinate Essential Workers Before the Elderly – Reason.com

Posted by M. C. on December 19, 2020

Part of the reason for this, according to a CDC report, is to mitigate and racial and ethnic “health inequities.” Older Americans are disproportionately white, whereas the essential worker category includes a larger percentage of racial minorities and low-income people.

“Older populations are whiter, ” Harald Schmidt, a professor of ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, told The New York Times. “Society is structured in a way that enables them to live longer. Instead of giving additional health benefits to those who already had more of them, we can start to level the playing field a bit.”

https://reason.com/2020/12/18/vaccine-cdc-essential-workers-elderly-racial-covid-19/

Robby Soave

Deaths from COVID-19 are overwhelmingly concentrated among the elderly, and thus it would seem obvious that vaccinating older Americans should be a top priority. Yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released guidance suggesting that millions of essential workers should receive the vaccine before many people 65 and older.

Part of the reason for this, according to a CDC report, is to mitigate and racial and ethnic “health inequities.” Older Americans are disproportionately white, whereas the essential worker category includes a larger percentage of racial minorities and low-income people.

“Older populations are whiter, ” Harald Schmidt, a professor of ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, told The New York Times. “Society is structured in a way that enables them to live longer. Instead of giving additional health benefits to those who already had more of them, we can start to level the playing field a bit.”

It’s not as if there’s a consensus that this is the right thing to do. The Times notes that this approach “runs counter to frameworks proposed by the World Health Organization, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and many countries, which say that reducing deaths should be the unequivocal priority and that older and sicker people should thus go before the workers, a view shared by many in public health and medicine.”

Indeed, this is a prime example of progressive thinking on racial justice leading otherwise intelligent people to take a position that actually hurts racial minorities. While it’s true that the 65-and-up demographic is somewhat whiter than the general population, there are still millions of elderly people of color, and they have by far the greatest risk of dying from COVID-19—the age skew of the disease’s victims is extreme. A policy of vaccinating police officers, firefighters, and grocery store employees before the elderly is clearly suboptimal, even from the standpoint of just trying to save as many people of color from dying as possible.

“The decision here is to not prioritize vaccinating them, but to instead vaccinate a different, less vulnerable group of people and then assert that this creates some kind of abstract collective racial benefit,” notes Matt Yglesias in a terrific post on this subject. “There have been a lot of takes lately about woke liberals prioritizing symbolic racial issues over the concrete needs of non-white people, but this idea really takes the cake.”

As Yglesias explains in greater detail:

Basically, if you take 1,000 prime-age Americans you’d expect to have 150 African-Americans in the pool versus about 100 if you take 1,000 senior citizens. So in that sense, vaccinating essential workers promotes racial equity because you’re giving shots to more Black people. But since the infection fatality rate for senior citizens is at least 10 times the rate for non-seniors, you’re not actually saving Black people’s lives this way. You’re opting for a strategy that leads to more Black deaths and more white deaths than the “vaccinate seniors first” strategy, but deciding that it’s better for equity and this is what ethics requires.

There are other problems with vaccinating essential workers before senior citizens, in that the former is an expansive and debatable category. Depending on who gets counted, some 70 percent of the workforce can be deemed essential, though restricting it to just “front line” workers gets that percentage down significantly, according to the Times. And while it’s true that vaccinating people in the workforce who are most likely to spread the disease to others could be a sound strategy for ultimately preventing deaths, this is a complicated approach and the current supply of vaccines is inadequate.

Yglesias recommends vaccinating health care workers, and then going by age: 85 and up, then 80 and up, then 75 and up, etc. This idea has a lot of merit, especially when the vaccine supply remains limited.

Ultimately, it’s up to the states to determine who gets vaccinated first; the CDC’s guidance is only a recommendation. Still, it’s regrettable that the CDC has embraced an approach to racial equity that might keep people in need of the vaccine from getting it first.

Be seeing you

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

America’s Newest Gods – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on June 16, 2020

If you are a physician, a registered nurse, an EMT, a hospital orderly, a
nursing assistant, a home health aid, an LPN, a lab technician, a
phlebotomist, a physician assistant, a medical equipment cleaner, an
ambulance driver, or you work in a hospital, nursing home, or
morgue—thank you for doing your job.

No one should be deified just for doing his job. If you think that you
work too many hours, think that you don’t get paid enough, think that
your job is too dangerous, and think that you aren’t appreciated as much
as you should be—then find another job.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/06/laurence-m-vance/americas-newest-gods/

By

First it was the military, then the police, and now health care workers. The American trinity is now complete.

Since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. soldiers have been idolized as heroes, applauded on airplanes, praised for keeping us safe, worshiped in churches, and thanked for their service ad nauseam. Where U.S. soldiers go, how long they stay, whether they should go, or what they do when they are there doesn’t seem to matter to most Americans. It doesn’t seem to matter how many widows and orphans our soldiers make, how many bombs they drop, how many civilians they kill, how much infrastructure they destroy, how many bullets they fire, how many missiles they launch, or how many of “the enemy” they injure, maim, or kill.

With the advent of the coronavirus madness earlier this year, the American god of the military seems to have been forgotten.

For many years now conservatives have talked about supporting the local police. You know, the local police who carry out no-knock raids, the local police who engage in asset forfeiture, the local police who are militarized, the local police who issue tickets to motorists for not wearing seatbelts, the local police who pull over motorists in order to meet their monthly ticket quotas, the local police who carry out the drug war, the local police who entice people to commit crimes to entrap them, the local police who arrest people for victimless crimes. And now, in the age of Covid-19, the local police who run people out of parks for the crime of taking their children to playgrounds.

Since the dreadful incident in Minneapolis regarding George Floyd, the god of the police seems to have fallen out of favor.

But never fear, Americans have new gods to worship. America’s newest gods are health care workers. Now, unlike the military and the police, it is generally not the health care workers who have elevated themselves to godhood. But elevated they have been—and reverenced, honored, and adored while they have been deified. We continually see signs telling us thank health care workers for their service. They are working odd hours and long shifts, we are told. They are facing disease and death, we are told. I am not on Twitter, but I have seen the hash tag #healthcareheroes. The Internet is full of articles about how to help health care workers:

7 Easy Ways to Support Health Care Workers During COVID-19

9 Ways to Support Healthcare Workers Right Now

6 Ways to Help Health Care Workers During Coronavirus Pandemic

8 Ways You Can Support Healthcare Workers Right Now

In Michigan, “families are encouraged to step outside their front door and shine a flashlight toward their nearest hospital and to also change porch lights to a blue light bulb to show support for health care heroes and first responders across Southeast Michigan.” All across the country, people have been encouraged to applaud health care workers.

Time for a reality check.

Health care workers have always worked odd hours and long shifts. It’s part of their job. Health care workers deal with disease and death all the time. It’s part of their job.

But this is different—they have never battled the coronavirus before!!!

Yes, but they have battled real diseases and conditions like cancer, pneumonia, heart disease, meningitis, stroke, diabetes, herpes, asthma, kidney disease, tuberculosis, and well as life-threatening accidents. The coronavirus doesn’t even compare to these things.

If you are a physician, a registered nurse, an EMT, a hospital orderly, a nursing assistant, a home health aid, an LPN, a lab technician, a phlebotomist, a physician assistant, a medical equipment cleaner, an ambulance driver, or you work in a hospital, nursing home, or morgue—thank you for doing your job.

But let’s not forget to also thank those who drive a cab, work in a coal mine, fly airplanes, work in a hotel, collect the garbage, work in a convenience store, drive trucks across the country, crawl into attics for pest control, catch fish, grow food, raise livestock, provide tech support, deliver pizza, unclog drains, build houses, write apps, and install new roofs.

If you work at all, thank you. Thank you for working to earn a paycheck and helping the free market to work.

No one should be deified just for doing his job. If you think that you work too many hours, think that you don’t get paid enough, think that your job is too dangerous, and think that you aren’t appreciated as much as you should be—then find another job.

Be seeing you

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

Bill de Blasio: NYC Preparing to Furlough, Lay Off Essential Workers

Posted by M. C. on May 7, 2020

Give me free money or you will die.

Extortion:

Extortion (also called shakedown, and, in a legal sense incorrectly, exaction) is obtaining benefit through coercion. In most jurisdictions it is likely to constitute a criminal offense; the bulk of this article deals with such cases. Robbery is the simplest form of extortion.

What did he expect from a total lockdown?

de Blasio is pretty dumb even by communist standards.

https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2020/05/06/bill-de-blasio-nyc-preparing-to-furlough-lay-off-essential-workers/

by Katherine Rodriguez

Democrat New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that he would have to begin to furlough or lay off essential New York City employees if the city does not receive federal stimulus funds to fill budget deficits caused by the coronavirus.

“Right now what I’m staring down the barrel of, and cities and states all over the country, people are either acting on furloughs and layoffs or preparing for furloughs or layoffs of the exact people who have been the heroes in this crisis who we should be celebrating and supporting — first responders, the health care workers, the educators,” de Blasio said on CNN’s New Day.

“How are we going to support these people who we need if we don’t have any money?” de Blasio asked.

The New York Democrat has said in the past that cuts to the workforce would be used only as a last resort.

President Donald Trump told the New York Post in an exclusive interview Monday that Democrat-run states like New York that are cash-strapped should not expect to be bailed out because it would be unfair to Republican states.

De Blasio has had to change his expectations on other things related to the coronavirus as well.

De Blasio recently announced that New York City’s public schools would be revising its grading system for most of its students for the duration of the pandemic.

Be seeing you

 

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »