MSNBC’s ReidOut host Joy Reid showed in 2021 that she was unrelenting in her use of dangerous and incendiary rhetoric, so it was no surprise when, on Tuesday night, she argued critics of Dr. Fauci were “pro-Omicron armchair physicians” and unvaccinated Americans should receive lower pay and less (or no) medical care when ill compared to the vaccinated.
Joined in the endorsement of communism was MSNBC medical contributor Dr. Lipi Roy, who donned a “Fauci” t-shirt to prove her seriousness as a doctor while the two suggested Fauci critic and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) wasn’t a true doctor because of his accreditation and “insane, atrocious vitriol.”
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Reid opened the segment wth soundbites of Fauci denouncing Paul and critics writ large for threatening his life and using the last two years “for…political gain” to which Reid lamented was proof of “Republican endgame: playing politics with people’s lives” with “pro-Omicron armchair physicians” supposedly harassing Fauci (when they should be bending to his will).
Going to Roy, Reid lamented that “we’re not having a rational conversation about this pandemic anymore” due to unvaccinated people and demanded “those of us who are rational about it” find a way to live on their own.
Roy first brought up the Fauci vs. Paul affair, saying she was “shocked” by it and that Paul’s not a real physician “because he does not exude any of the qualities that doctors and nurses possess, empathy, compassion, and a penchant for science and data to drive health care policies.”
Due to his “insane, atrocious vitriol directed towards a lifetime public servant…like Dr. Fauci,” Roy added it’s led “people like me and my fellow health care professionals double down on what we are doing.”
Reid replied by suggesting Paul is a fake doctor, arguing he “create[d] his own accreditation” and “didn’t get it from, like, a regular place,” so “I wouldn’t let him operate on me if I was desperate.”
The conversation then moved to rationing care and examples of how to punish the unvaccinated, such as fines and forcing the unvaccinated to pay for Covid tests in Germany, paying unvaccinated people less in their jobs like IKEA in the U.K., and charging the unvaccinated “up to 50 percent more” for health insurance like companies do for smokers.
Roy eventually said she wasn’t going to “giv[e] up on” them, but she largely agreed with Reid that they should be marginalized and placed on “a triage list” so they’re given less attention whenever they become ill (click “expand”):
[T]here are many possible interventions that we can impose on the people who choose — continue to choose to be unvaccinated, increased insurance premiums, creating a list — or a triage list, so when people come to the hospital, maybe one of the first questions we ask is, are you vaccinated, and then that will direct them towards a certain type of care because we already do that. I can guarantee you, when a patient comes in with shortness of breath, like my dad, he got hospitalized three times the past two years with shortness of breath, but related to his congestive heart failure causing pulmonary edema. The first question they asked almost every time is, are you a smoker?
I mean, he’s not and it didn’t direct the care. But these are — there are several things that we can do. But I’m not giving up on the people that remain unvaccinated, Joy. We still need to get them vaccinated. I think we need to find other measures and mandates and other measures to really get them to get vaccinated.
No word on whether Reid and Roy believe the unvaccinated should be denied care if they become ill with something other than Covid or need other medical attention, such as for broken bones or depression.
Going to break, Reid said she has “given up” and wants to go all-in on “people” who “have done the right thing for two years.”
She then capped things off with this:
At a certain point, the people who have done all the right things need to get to be able to live their lives normally and if people don’t want to get vaccinated, they need to be willing to kick in and pay for their own risk…[Y]ou want to jump out of a plane? You pay for that risk. Don’t make the rest of us have to pay for it and lose our health system.
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