Politicizing Medicine

Is there nothing that Trump and the Republicans won’t do to spin the truth and to politicize everything and anything?

I read this in today’s morning paper:

Republican political operatives are recruiting “extremely pro-Trump” doctors to go on television to prescribe reviving the U.S. economy as quickly as possible, without waiting to meet safety benchmarks proposed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

A resurgent economy is seen as critical to boosting Trump’s re-election hopes and has become a growing focus of the White House.D2906051-568C-4B0A-939C-353218FA9D4FI wonder how hard it will be to find unscrupulous doctors that the Trump administration and the GOP operatives will be able to payoff to lie to the American public.

Probably not hard at all.

One-Liner Wednesday —The Economy and the Dead


“The economy will bounce back, dead people will not.”

New York City physician, Dr. Lipuma Roy

COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise in the United States, but Donald Trump is eager to get the U.S. economy going again so as to bolster his chances for reelection in November.  He wants to open up America for business as early as May 1st and seems to have little regard, much less empathy, for the human toll of this pandemic, which is why Dr. Roy’s words above resonate with me.

And that brings me to my second one-liner of the day, this one from former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.

“I’d rather be six feet apart than six feet under.”

Written for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

One-Liner Wednesday — Business as Usual


“I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.”

Donald J. Trump

A World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson told a press conference in Geneva yesterday that there has been a “very large acceleration” in U.S. coronavirus cases in recent days.

Yet the American president, despite warnings like these from the WHO that the United States could soon become the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic, wants to return the country to business as usual by Easter.

Further, Trump has predicted that, on Easter Sunday, there will be “packed churches all over our country.” He added, “I think it would be a beautiful time, and it’s just about the timeline that I think is right.”

This is something that virtually all doctors, epidemiologists, and health experts agree is exactly the wrong thing to do if we want to “flatten the curve” of this highly contagious and easily transmitted disease.

It’s obvious that the current president of the United States is more eager to prop up the faltering U.S. economy in order to reinvigorate his re-election campaign than he is in saving the lives of American citizens.

Written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.