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What are you waiting for?


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Sep. 14, 2021 - 4:01 PM

When the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare") was being debated in Congress, some people worried that it would lead to "death panels" that would ration health care. There were cries about a government program that would determine if "you’re gonna pull the plug on Grandma." That never happened, but now we have "death panels" for a different reason.

In parts of the country, hospitals are running out of beds. As a result, they are having to choose which patients should receive full care and which patients with a lower chance of surviving should simply be made comfortable as they die.

In Texas, a veteran with a treatable condition died because there was no hospital bed available at a place that could treat him.

This shortage of hospital beds is because SARS-CoV-2, particularly the Delta variant, is sweeping the country and filling up hospitals.

Recently WXIA TV (Channel 11) reported that Newnan Hospital says it has requested the help of the National Guard in treating a surge of COVID-19 patients arriving at the facility who are "largely unvaccinated."

This could be avoided if enough people are vaccinated. If you're not vaccinated, you may help make the "death panel" problem worse. If you don’t have a medical reason for not getting the vaccine, what are you waiting for?

Not only can it help those around you, if you're not vaccinated, you're 11 times more likely to die of COVID-19.

Bill Boyd

Newnan