(ConservativeInsider.org) – As the COVID-19 Omicron variant begins to push hospitals to their limits once again, many people are heading to the emergency room hoping they can still nab a bed and receive potentially life-saving care. However, white residents in New York could face difficulty getting this assistance after a new memo outlined that a “non-white race or Hispanic/Latino ethnicity” is an increased “risk factor,” thus prioritizing them for access to medication and treatment.
A new memo from the New York Department of Health described how the state will distribute antiviral pills and monoclonal antibodies in the coming weeks. The statement identifies risk factors to prioritize care. While Americans expected underlying conditions like diabetes and heart conditions to be on the list, many raised eyebrows when New York also identified being “not-white” as a “risk factor.”
Understandably, some experts decried the policy. It also mimics one Minnesota recently published, stating that it violates Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as it’s a race-based rationing system.
One American shared another news article covering the issue:
— Chris 🇺🇸 (@Chris_1791) January 3, 2022
With these new policies sprouting up, many Americans are wondering if it’s acceptable or even constitutional for states, doctors, and hospitals to use anything other than a physical health condition to prioritize the receipt of coronavirus treatment.
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