We’re in our 10th week of the Coronavirus lockdown rules. Civil dissent is growing over the length and breadth of the lockdown.
At their worst, the lockdowns “forcefully reduce the income of people at low risk, while simultaneously increasing virus exposure for those at high risk.” Those states that forced the discharge of hospital patients to nursing homes resulted in widespread deaths
Everyday life restrictions have impoverished millions of people, while America’s rich are at little risk of poverty. In the words of Peggy Noonan,
“Our news professionals the past three months have made plenty of room for medical and professionals warning of the illness. Good, we needed it, it was news. They are not now paying an equal degre[...]
We’ve seen, if not experienced, protests. They have a particular cadence. “What do we want?” (Fill in the demand) “When do we want it? Now!”
So, six weeks into Governor Newsome’s statewide shelter order we’re seeing protests. Thousands of people protesting stay-at-home coronavirus restrictions. What we don’t see are, but only hear a little about, are the multi-billion-dollar industries seeking new coronavirus restrictions – restrictions against people who may have been civilly wronged during the pandemic.
California nursing homes and the California Assisted Living Association want restrictions from any administrative sanction or criminal or civil liability for any injury or death or loss allegedly resulting from the[...]
There’s an old adage that bad facts make bad law. It makes sense. Crafting a law to deal with an extreme case may fit the particular case but can endanger constitutional and vested rights if applied to more common circumstances.
We have this going on right now in the COVID-19 pandemic. The Wall Street Journal reports “the number of U.S. coronavirus-linked deaths in long-term care facilities including nursing homes has eclipsed 10,000.” More than 30% of Los Angeles County COVID-19 deaths were residents of long-term care facilities. And, the California Department of Public Health released information that more than 3,000 cases were reported among patients and staff members in 258 facilities.
So, it’s pretty clear that we h[...]