The Spark

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

Chicago:
Closing Clinics in a Pandemic

Sep 14, 2020

Cook County just announced that it plans to close two public health clinics on Chicago’s South Side—in the midst of a pandemic. Moreover, the clinics are in Bronzeville and Woodlawn, serving the city’s black community, which has born the brunt of the pandemic. Eighty percent of patients at the county hospital system lack health insurance, or are covered by Medicaid.

The County says services will be consolidated into a South Side hospital. But they know full well that making sick people travel farther means some will not receive care.

And of course, in closing the clinics, they plan to lay off 130 workers.

A local union official asked the right question when he said: “Is this the time to be cutting back positions?”