2020-04-14 12:18:22

My 92-Year-Old Mother's COVID-19 Experience Shows Me How Rotten Our Health System Is

As the United States leads the world in both reported COVID-19 cases and death toll, hospitals at other coronavirus hot spots around the country are reporting dire conditions as they deal with a surge in critically sick patients.

"We have to ask ourselves why, in a country that spends so much money on healthcare, are we still having problems producing the most basic equipment, [such as masks, gowns and tests]," says Democracy Now! co-host Juan González, who describes how he struggled to get his own 92-year-old mother tested when he took her to the emergency room in New Jersey.

"It is just an outrage that this discontinues bedeviling a country as wealthy as ours, and I really believe it is part of this whole situation of this neoliberal view of how to run the market."

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