Americans are now dying from Covid at more than four times the rate of their neighbors to the north, the Canadians, and almost three times the rate of the Brits, according to a report in The New York Times this week (from which the graph is taken).
This “eye-wateringly high” death rate is attributable to not enough people being vaccinated, due, in part, to a lack of trust in government – a fair point.
But there’s something else driving Covid deaths and disease and it’s crucial: the lack of universal healthcare. The Times article doesn’t mentioned it but it was caught by the sharp eye of physician Eric Reinhart, who posted the following tweet yesterday:
A report by Public Citizen backs him up, saying, “Hundreds of Thousands of Deaths and Millions of Infections Would Likely Have Been Prevented Under Medicare for All” – and these numbers date back to March 2021.
They conclude with a stark warning:
We need to be prepared for the next pandemic, and we can’t be under the current for-profit system. The time has come for a health care system that guarantees health care for everyone in the U.S. The time has come for Medicare for All.