The story of Jon Verrier is a sad one. Verrier went to a New York City emergency room in the West Bronx to get treated for a rash. Eight hours later he’s found stiff, cold, and dead in the waiting room. The worst part?
A spokesman said an in-house review found “all guidelines were met,” but an ER worker told WABC-TV the policy should be changed. “There’s no policy in place to check the waiting room to see if people waiting to be seen are still there or still alive,” said the ER worker.
You read that right. There’s no policy to check to see if you’re sitting in an emergency room NEXT TO A DEAD PERSON. And Verrier’s wait time wasn’t all that unusual; the average wait time for that particular hospital is 306 minutes, compared to the 137 minute countrywide average, according to Medicare statistics. But that is the state of our health care system–if you don’t have insurance, there’s a good chance you’ll be treated like you don’t matter.
On yesterday’s show #TeamBlackness discusses the most recent idiocy to come out of Rand Paul’s mouth, a new app that lets white people experience the everyday racism of being a minority, and why it’s not so bad that Hilary Clinton hasn’t driven a car since 1996.
The Morning Crew discusses a disturbing story about female inmate sexual abuse in an Alabama prison (27:00), the soft, pink gun for ladies (37:41), pajama jeans (49:03), and specialized boob deodorant (57:00).