Texas’ uninsured rate is highest in the nation. “And 20 percent of all uninsured children in the U.S. live in Texas.”
Millions have low wage and multiple gig jobs to make end meet. Mostly the types of jobs that have no healthcare benefits. Then millions more lost their insurance when let go due to COVID.
Yet hospitals are packed treating ICU patient in the pandemic. Weeks in many cases. Paying for this is impossible for many without coverage. Bankruptcies will provide income security for lawyers. But others will lose homes, cars, savings.
Plus hospitals are losing money. Rural hospitals especially. Many of those had been, or were close to, closing.
Testing COVID can cost hundreds which would be truly difficult for the laid off. And not everyone has been getting unemployment because they fall through the cracks of being gig workers or part timers.
In my tiny opinion, as a nation not only were we caught totally unprepared, but we flat out cannot handle a major crisis. And certainly not a pandemic.