President Biden in his big injection-to-work speech:
Third, if you wonder how all this adds up, here’s the math: The vast majority of Americans are doing the right thing. Nearly three quarters of the eligible have gotten at least one shot, but one quarter has not gotten any. That’s nearly 80 million Americans not vaccinated. And in a country as large as ours, that’s 25 percent minority. That 25 percent can cause a lot of damage — and they are.
The unvaccinated overcrowd our hospitals, are overrunning the emergency rooms and intensive care units, leaving no room for someone with a heart attack, or
pancreitis[pancreatitis], or cancer.
A 25 percent minority is causing “a lot of damage”. It is causing this damage by “overrunning” hospitals and “leaving no room” for heart attack and cancer patients.
Naturally, that is a shameless and blatant lie. There is no extraordinary pressure on US hospitals. The southern subtropical states are having their flu season but it is nothing they can’t cope with, and the season is already receding.
An overview of Florida hospitals which is supposed to be the ground zero for US Covid right now shows that there is plenty of hospital capacity still available.
In places, emergency rooms are overcrowded but this is nothing out of the ordinary, but is a permanent feature of the US health system. Hospitals do not earn their best money on emergency procedures so that is not where they invest. Also, many people who do not have great medical insurance seek routine treatment in ERs stretching the waiting times.
That heart or cancer patients are having a more difficult time getting care now simply isn’t the case (except to the extent that patients are now having to jump through PCR-test and/or vaccine hoops, and that in places there is a greater-than-usual staffing crunch attributable to quarantines for the asymptomatic and resignations over vaccine requirements).
What is the case, is that heart and cancer patients had a much harder time getting treatment during the first wave in 2020, and that this was artificial, aka man-made. It differed from state to state but in many of them authorities intervened to order hospitals to free up as much “capacity” as possible. This meant releasing non-Covid patients early, being far more reluctant to admit them, and canceling numerous pre-scheduled procedures. This was an even bigger problem in Europe dominated by outright state-operated hospitals but it happened to a lesser degree in the US as well.
The intervention by mind-virus fanatics meant things like that your life-saving cancer-removal surgency was postponed indefinitely (sometimes until it became too late to operate) or that your chemo treatments became less frequent or were interrupted entirely. In New York ambulances even became more reluctant to save heart attack victims. Their protocols for when they should attempt resuscitation were tightened lest survivors end up occupying too much precious bed space. Screenings also became a thing of the past, meaning a cancer that might otherwise have been picked up at stage 1 or 2 might now be picked at stage 3 or 4.
On top of it all, the populace was advised and implored to stay clear of hospitals to preserve “capacity” almost at all cost. The result was that “in the early months of the pandemic, some hospital departments were nearly devoid of the heart, cancer, stroke and other patients who populated them before.”
Once the beds were free, the anticipated COVID mega-wave failed to materialize and hospitals operated half-empty. (In Britain, which has been the most forthright with the numbers, it was 60%.)
So not only had numerous heart and cancer patients been manipulated into not seeking care, or denied care that they sought, thus condemning some of them to die — but it was also all for nothing. Later COVID seasons proved that resorting to such measures had been unnecessary and without benefit.
And countries and states that did not lock down proved that it would have been unnecessary even without lockdowns. (South Dakota weathered a very nasty second wave without lockdown and without abandoning heart and cancer patients, and yet did not somehow “run out of hospital capacity”.)
So now you have the same authoritarian virus cult fanatics who caused at least tens of thousands — if not hundreds of thousands — of extra deaths from non-COVID illnesses now accusing whom of “causing damage” and of having “cost all of us”? The unvaccinated. That is to say, precisely those people who are most likely to have been anti-lockdowners, and against their killer schemes all along.
Talk about trying to scapegoat someone for something that precisely you are guilty of.
We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us. So, please, do the right thing. But just don’t take it from me; listen to the voices of unvaccinated Americans who are lying in hospital beds, taking their final breaths, saying, “If only I had gotten vaccinated.” “If only.”
No, your refusal to let go of your demented cult and your deranged Maoist dictatorship has cost all of us.