Eileen Appelbaum and Rosemary Batt: About a third of hospital emergency rooms are staffed by doctors on the payrolls of two physician staffing companies owned by Wall Street investment firms.
Brian Biery: In downplaying the value of Medical for All, Joe Biden threw the Italians under the bus by disparaging both their healthcare system and response to the pandemic.
Wim Laven: It is one thing to lie about the size of his inauguration crowd—are you going to believe Trump or your lying eyes?—but it’s life and death for all of us when he exaggerates, misleads, and outright lies about all aspects of this public health emergency
Mark Karlin: Like most Americans I worry about the health of those around me, but I do not have the courage of these healthcare providers, their sheer determination to do service to try and save lives.
WJ Astore: In the spirit of trickle-down economics, expect a few drops of assistance to the poor and buckets-full of support for the rich.
Mark Naison: if the vast majority of Britons were not willing to make incredible sacrifices, the society would have collapsed and the government would have been forced to surrender to the Nazis.
Mel Gurtov: To proclaim that Trump aims at “total victory” is empty political rhetoric when the figures on infections and deaths show a pattern more like Italy than Korea.
Kary Love: Those entrusted with the defense of the lives of the people, having expended the nation’s treasure on wars abroad while neglecting defense at home, ought to be investigated and, if negligent, held responsible.
James Preston Allen: The next time someone tells you that government should be run “like a business,” place them in isolation for 14 days
Robert Reich: Instead of a public health system, we have a private for-profit system for individuals lucky enough to afford it and a rickety social insurance system for people fortunate enough to have a full-time job.
Maria Morris: This week, the ACLU SoCal sent letters to L.A. County courts and jails, and Adelanto and Mesa Verde immigration detention centers calling for effective plans to prevent and manage COVID-19.
Michael Krikorian: I respect him so much and, most importantly in these times, I trust him completely. The guy exudes a nearly long gone quality of pure honesty, of being a good person.
John Peeler: Personal qualities that we have seen in Donald Trump for more than three years have come back to bite us in this crisis.