Profit Before People: Coronavirus Edition

On the evening of March 23, the Lieutenant Governor of Texas, Dan Patrick, did an interview on Fox News and declared “No one reached out to me and said, as a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren? And if that’s the exchange, I’m all in.”

Of course, it’s easy enough for Dan Patrick to make that wager with his life – after all, what does he have to fear? Patrick is the Lieutenant Governor of the second largest state in the country; if he were infected with the coronavirus he’d receive quick testing and top notch medical care. The vast majority of grandparents and seniors in America would not receive such treatment. They’d have to pack themselves into hospitals that are becoming more overwhelmed by the day and likely wait days or weeks before even getting tested for the coronavirus. But this matters little to the Lieutenant Governor because the profits of major corporations are at risk!