Teen Who Died of Covid-19 Was Denied Treatment Because He Didn't Have Health Insurance

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    eridani
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    https://gizmodo.com/teen-who-died-of-covid-19-was-denied-treatment-because-1842520539

    A 17-year-old boy in Los Angeles County who became the first teen believed to have died from complications with covid-19 in the U.S. was denied treatment at an urgent care clinic because he didn’t have health insurance, according to R. Rex Parris, the mayor of Lancaster, California. Roughly 27.5 million Americans—8.5 percent of the population—don’t have health insurance based on the latest government figures.

    “He didn’t have insurance, so they did not treat him,” Parris said in a video posted to YouTube. The staff at the urgent care facility told the teen to try the emergency room at Antelope Valley (AV) Hospital, a public hospital in the area, according to the mayor.

    “En route to AV Hospital, he went into cardiac arrest, when he got to AV hospital they were able to revive him and keep him alive for about six hours,” Parris said. “But by the time he got there, it was too late.”

    The name of the urgent care clinic that refused to treat the teen has not been released. Mayor Parris explained in his YouTube video that the 17-year-old is believed to have had no underlying conditions that may have contributed to his death.

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    HassleCat
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    People are going to ridiculous extremes to avoid admitting that Medicare for All would reduce the incidence of such tragedies. Some people question the facts. Others blame the victim. Many just stick their fingers in their ears and repeat, “I CAN’T HEAR YOU! I CAN’T HEAR YOU!” It’s quite possible M4A would not have saved this guy, but anyone can see M4A improves the chances of good outcomes for millions of Americans, and at a lower overall cost. Well, no. I am wrong to say anyone can see it. There are many people who refuse to see it. I can sort of excuse the Fox News addicts because their condition probably qualifies as a disability. The deniers who stun me are those who keep refuting M4A because they insist that Obamacare is the be-all, end-all solution to health insurance. They insist there are no gaps, no holes, no problems of any kind. And the problems we do have, the problems that don’t exist in the first place? We can fix them by electing Joe Biden. So there you go. Vote blue and no more teenagers will die!

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    a little weird
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    But sadly I fear this will be a common story.

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