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Response to Ford_Prefect (Reply #10)

Wed Sep 15, 2021, 10:53 AM

13. That complicates the funding and cost analysis

since some folks have been sick longer than others, and would have gotten sick before being eligible for the vaccine, or were unable to get the vaccine because they were sick, or so on. There is differing local guidance on this. Some long COVID sufferers have gotten better after taking the vaccine because it helped their immune system get stronger enough to fight off an existing infection.

Many of the government programs to pay for treatment were temporary with the expectation that people would be vaccinated and this pandemic would end soon. So there are news stories of patients getting exorbitant hospital bills they can't afford. And then families get bills after a loved one died.

It would be a miracle if the US somehow got enough support to pass single payer after this experience. I'm thinking of Europe after WWII.

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