Commentary: The rationing of human worth
It seems like a lot of NBA basketball players have tested positive for the coronavirus. I’m glad none of them have gotten deathly ill, and I’m particularly glad that no members of the Chicago Bulls, my hometown team, are said to be sick.I figure this greatly increases the odds that I’ll get the treatment I need to recover if I get sick and have to go to the hospital. I figure if a power forward and I show up in the emergency room at the same time and the doctors perceive that they can only treat one of us, I’m a goner.I mean, he’s a prime specimen. He might even have a shoe deal. And I’m just ...
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Civil rights leaders to DeSantis: Don't allow state to withhold care from disabled
MIAMI — As fears of a catastrophic shortage or ventilators and other life-saving medical equipment loom, Florida’s federally funded watchdog for disabled people is urging Gov. Ron DeSantis to ensure that, faced with unimaginable choices, doctors and hospitals don’t engage in “eugenics” as they ration care.Florida would not be the first state to develop guidelines for distributing respirators, beds and medication during a local or state shortage.Alabama, Kansas, Tennessee and Washington already have drawn the ire of civil rights groups that claim those states are adopting protocols that permit ...
Captain Comics: Meet Marieke Nijkamp, the author who unlocked Barbara Gordon in 'The Oracle Code'
Fans of Barbara Gordon, Commissioner Gordon’s daughter, know the strengths of the character. Her determination, tough-mindedness and eidetic memory led her to be effervescent Batgirl in 1967, and then, after being shot by The Joker and confined to a wheelchair, the omniscient Oracle in 1989. She’s back to being Batgirl in current DC comics, but the time in the chair is still part of her history.She’s an extraordinary character. You may have admired her, as I have. But you don’t really know Barbara Gordon until you read “The Oracle Code.”“Code” is written by Dutch author Marieke Nijkamp, a long...
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States, hospitals grapple with medical rationing
WASHINGTON — Over the weekend, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a reminder that people with disabilities have the same worth as everybody else.That the agency felt compelled to issue such a directive reflects the anguishing choices that American medicine has begun to confront: When medical personnel, equipment and supplies are limited, who gets lifesaving care and who doesn’t?The HHS bulletin appeared to respond to a complaint filed with the federal agency last week by Washington state groups that serve people with disabilities. The groups argued that a draft of an emerg...
Naomi Ishisaka: Coronavirus shows everyone what people with disabilities have known all along
It seemed to happen in the blink of an eye. Accommodations that people with disabilities had requested for years were implemented nearly overnight.Jobs that were supposedly impossible to accommodate from home could suddenly be worked remotely. Employees who felt sick were no longer asked to prove it with a doctor’s note; they were given the benefit of the doubt and paid to stay home. Telemedicine, or the ability to get health care remotely, was quickly supported with millions of dollars from the federal government.These changes were, of course, due to the coronavirus pandemic, which turned wha...
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