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Editor’s Thought Bubble: Literal death panels are in our future

By: - January 8, 2021 10:04 am

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While the nation’s attention this week has understandably been on the violence in the nation’s capital incited by the president and his sycophants in the Republican Party, the pandemic has continued to rage virtually out of control in Arizona. Today, there were 11,658 new COVID-19 cases reported. How bad is it? Today is the seventh day (all since November) that we’ve passed the 10,000-case mark in a single day. December was already our worst month on record, and January isn’t shaping up to be any better. In all, there have been 596,000 confirmed cases and 9,938 lives lost in our state. Our hospitals continue to be overwhelmed and face the prospect of rationing medical care — that big boogeyman of the anti-Obamacare hysteria will come to fruition because our Republican president and governor so thoroughly mismanaged a public health crisis and displayed such utter callousness and contempt for the very people they were sworn to serve and protect.

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Jim Small
Jim Small

Jim Small is a native Arizonan and has covered state government, policy and politics since 2004, with a focus on investigative and in-depth policy reporting, first as a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, then as editor of the paper and its prestigious sister publications, the Yellow Sheet Report and Arizona Legislative Report. Under his guidance, the Capitol Times won numerous state, regional and national awards for its accountability journalism and probing investigations into state government operations.