ALLISON DINNER/AFP via Getty Images Cornell Law professor William A. Jacobson is suing the acting commissioner of the New York Department of Health in order to stop the state from providing COVID-19 treatments based on race.
Jacobson, acting on his own behalf and not as a member of the Cornell community, filed the lawsuit last week, writing on his website, Legal Insurrection, that “I am serving as the plaintiff in this case because whether or not medical treatment should be provided should not be decided by the color of someone’s skin. I call on New Yorkers of all races and ethnicities to unite against these discriminatory government guidelines.”
As The Daily Wire reported , multiple states, including New York, issued guidance that prioritized treatment based on race, letting certain medical comorbidities take a back seat.
“In New York, racial minorities are automatically eligible for scarce COVID-19 therapeutics, regardless of age or underlying conditions. In Utah, ‘Latinx ethnicity’ counts for more points than ‘congestive heart failure’ in a patient’s ‘COVID-19 risk score’—the state’s framework for allocating monoclonal antibodies. And in Minnesota, health officials have devised their own ‘ethical framework’ that prioritizes black 18-year-olds over white 64-year-olds—even though the latter are at much higher risk of severe disease,” the Washington Free Beacon reported .
Further, as The Daily Wire reported , New York’s triage stated that “Non-white race or Hispanic/Latino ethnicity should be considered a risk factor, as longstanding systemic health and social inequities have contributed to an increased risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19.”
As Jacobson noted, America First Legal demanded acting commissioner Mary Bassett end the racist preferences, but the New York Health Department defended them.
“I have now filed a class action lawsuit as the named plaintiff in the United States District Court in and for the Northern District of New York, […]
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