By Letter to the Editor on March 24, 2020.
Most lifeboats on most ships are a waste of money and space most of the time. But on the rare occasion that a crisis arises, you need them. On every ship, all the time. After all, the White Star Line didn’t bother “wasting” space and money for lifeboats on an unsinkable ship.
Then the Titanic sank, and there wasn’t enough capacity for all the drowning people.
I can’t help thinking about that when I think about the UCP’s cuts to health care, trying to make the system more “efficient.”
If we stretch the system to the limits of its capacity in ordinary times, what happens when an emergency arises? An hour after we hit the iceberg is a bit late to start building lifeboats. (And the UCP isn’t even doing that now. They’re mostly just doubling down on their positions and drilling holes in the boats we do have.)
Nowadays, it’s generally agreed upon that the White Star Line was dangerously greedy and irresponsible. The UCP is even more culpable, because they’ve got 108 years of hindsight that they didn’t learn from.