King-Harbor hospital in Los Angeles just lost federal funding and will be closing after failing a must-pass federal test. This has been a long time coming, and was triggered after “a series of patient deaths was linked to serious lapses in care by nurses and other staff members.”
May 2007: A 43-year-old woman dies after writhing in pain for 45 minutes on the floor of the hospital’s emergency room lobby. Hospital staff ignore her; a janitor mops around her. The events are captured on videotape and receive national attention.
Sounds like some Third World hellhole of a hospital, doesn’t it? It’s hard to comprehend how things got so out of control, even after the city and county poured in tens of millions trying to fix it.
I mean, how can a major hospital be allowed to fail in a supposedly world-class city? A bridge collapses in Minneapolis, subways flood in New York City, and now a major hospital is closing in L.A. Our infrastructure and support systems are endangered and crumbling.
A real good first step would to be stop spending hundreds of billions on war and use that money to repair and rebuild the country instead.