Coronavirus Laid Bare Flaws in the American Healthcare System

Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Kimberly Wyss, from Ventura, California, dons surgical gloves aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy. Mercy deployed in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts and will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan M. Breeden)

he coronavirus crisis, which has killed more than 16,000 Americans, has laid bare the flaws of America’s for-profit healthcare system. I’ve been criticizing the health care system for years and knew when the virus hit American shores, it was going to be a disaster. In March, Italy struggled to cope with the strains the disease put on its hospitals and they have a system where…



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Manny Otiko

Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.