The official policy decisions of the New York Department of Health have enacted a “triage policy” regarding the distribution of therapeutic treatments for COVID-19 infection that actively discriminate based on race and ethnicity to promote “equity.”
Commentators have pointed out previously that the government medical establishment institutes policies that discriminate against white to promote “equity.” New York policy makes the discrimination open and blatant.
The state described its announcement as responding to a “severe shortage” of oral antivirals and monoclonal antibody treatments. It establishes a set of requirements for eligibility to receive treatment products owned and controlled by the state. The list includes common factors such as age, weight, and symptoms. The requirements include “non-white race or Hispanic/Latino ethnicity” as an eligibility factor.
The policy says that “longstanding systemic health and social inequities” constitute a significant risk factor for an individual of severe illness or death from the virus.
Patients must meet all of the stated criteria to be eligible. They have to be of a certain age and have qualifying symptoms. However, “non-white” or Hispanic patients do not have to meet all listed criteria because their race or ethnicity is considered a qualifying risk factor was standing alone. Such persons are given a preference for treatment above all “white” or “non-Hispanic” patients.
It is considered likely that the New York policy will draw legal challenges, as denying medical treatment based on race or ethnicity appears on its face to clearly violate established precedents construing the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment over several decades. In any event, openly discriminatory policies enacted by state governments certainly work to increase the division between citizens nationwide and public distrust in public health organizations.
As things are currently proceeding, state and local governments are relying on professional medical journals as intellectual justifications for adopting unconstitutional discrimination as public health policy.