The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Government Cuts Covid Funding

Mar 28, 2022

The government’s Covid program that reimburses doctors and medical providers for the cost of testing, treating, and vaccinating the uninsured is set to end in early April. In 2020 there were about 28 million people without insurance, according to the Census Bureau. But even those who are insured will have to weigh whether or not they can afford to seek treatment. Think about those with large deductibles on their insurance. Maybe they can access testing and early treatment but are afraid of large medical bills.

Covid is not over. New variants keep appearing on the scene. But it is clear that the government doesn’t consider it their problem. Not them, and not the wealthy class that this government represents. Their problem is “getting people back to work” (of course, to raise their profit margins). They are taking advantage of the fact that people are tired of Covid. They are hoping the population will agree to live with Covid or die with Covid forever more. The ruling class is ready to accept more Covid losses just as they accept over 60,000 deaths from seasonal flu each year.

Covid may not be a problem for the government and the wealthy but it sure as hell is a problem for ordinary people, for workers. We are tired of Covid. The government has done precious little to stop Covid in its tracks.

If workers were in charge of making the decisions that affect our lives, we could come up with all sorts of ways to combat Covid. Imagine going to the local pharmacy and getting your free Covid test and if you test positive, the pharmacy gave you antivirals to treat it, right then and there, as just one example.

We know how to run things efficiently and we know how our lives work, better than any politician. We just need to be in charge of the money and the health care system! Taking profit out of it is Step One.