Distracted from Important COVID Questions

As you read around about COVID-19 in Rhode Island, doesn’t it seem as if important questions aren’t being answered… or even asked?  What, for example, are those counted in the COVID-death category in Rhode Island actually dying from?  Surely if the governor can get specific about the handful of people who tested positive after a specific party among a particular group in a single town she can give us at least an aggregated sense of the fatalities.

Or consider this bit of a recent Providence Journal article:

If current trends continue, Raimondo said, the state’s hospitals will be filled up in three weeks, requiring the state to open its field hospital in Cranston.

Unlike in the spring, hospitals are being stressed not only by an influx of COVID-positive patients, but also by patients hospitalized for other reasons.

Why can’t our hospitals accommodate this sort of a season?  Is it really a COVID thing or something else?  As I noted in the spring, back when insiders were pushing Obamacare, they talked about how important it was to take away the influence of the market because obvious things could then be done… like reducing the number of hospital beds in Rhode Island.  (Is that how this works? They say we need government control so the state can limit the number of hospital beds, and then when there’s a crisis, they claim government needs the power to tell us how to live so we don’t overwhelm the system they created?)

Or maybe the incentives of government healthcare, such as Medicaid, Medicare, and ObamaCare, are part of the problem.  And what about illegal immigration?

Nobody’s asking these questions.  Everybody’s simply accepting the blame-your-freedom rhetoric that Halloween is to blame… or soccer-player parties.

One suspects distraction from a more-full picture is deliberate.  Given the choice, Americans might very well choose not to sacrifice their holidays, their businesses, and their children’s education so as to maintain the fiction that a rapidly socializing government can manage complex systems like healthcare.

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