MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow got emotional Wednesday night talking about hospitals in the areas of the country hardest hit by Covid, with non-Covid patients having trouble getting treatment and staff having to make decisions about rationing care.
Maddow reported that Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R-AK) had just announced that Alaska was declaring its hospitals to be shifting to “crisis standards of care.” She explained that this was a type of rationing of care, where people who were “less likely to survive get moved down the priority list” to get an ICU bed or certain types of treatment or therapies.
Maddow was blunt about what this meant for other patients:
[I]n an effort to save as many human lives as possible, these hospitals now