Rich and Famous Sides of the Pandemic and Healthcare

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Common people have been preoccupied with stay at home and self quarantine. The people that empower the rich and famous can only imagine how these glorified inductees are weathering the pandemic storm.

Billionaire record producer David Geffen posted a photo of his quarantine confines: a sprawling superyacht estimated at some $590 million. “Sunset, last night…isolated in the Grenadines avoiding the virus,” he wrote. “I’m hoping everybody is staying safe.”

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We all know celebrity in America can get you just about anything money can buy. Look at our president as a shining example of buying the executive branch of the United States.

A star-studded navel-​gazing has come as the coronavirus brings into stark relief the inequities in our health care system. Our headlines now include daily announcements from celebrities—Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Idris Elba, and multiple players on NBA teams—about their Covid-19 status. In the meantime, the rest of us await news of when we’ll even have access to those tests.

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Wealthy politicians like Rand Paul, the first US senator to test positive for the virus, have also figured into the rich-versus-the-rest-of-us divide. He repeatedly noted he was asymptomatic when tested, while others who were visibly sick have been refused testing, with sometimes fatal results. A recent Reuters report documented this disparity. “At least 100 executives and other New Yorkers of means had easy access to testing,” it stated. “These people paid a $5,000-a-year membership fee for a medical concierge service in New York City.” The New York Times noted that stars are “used to receiving preferential treatment at Los Angeles medical centers” and that “many A-listers use LifeSpan, a private practice.” Another firm, Private Health Management, has six-month plans available to those who can afford the $80,000 price. These services are far out of reach for most of us, especially the 100 million Americans who cannot work from home because they hold jobs in manufacturing, service, delivery, and the gig economy.

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As of late America receives a daily brief from our president on the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) developments. He sometimes reads with his head bent down from a sheet of paper. While reading he interjects his style of political rhetoric, but you can tell this stressful side of this presidency is beginning to wear on his mental and physical stamina.

Access to elite healthcare and prompt healthcare response time depends on how deep your pockets are. Like it or not this is America, where capitalism defines who gets what, when.James Frasure's InnerKwest®

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