I wrote yesterday how cumbersome bureaucracies and foolish regulations have hindered an effective response to the coronavirus.
This isn’t because governments are run by bad people. Some of them probably are that way, of course, but the real problem is that politicians and bureaucrats are dealing with a perverse incentive system.
They’re largely motivated by power, money, publicity, staffing, and votes.
And that leads to some very unfortunate outcomes, as Betsy McCaughey explained in her syndicated column.
Landing in the hospital on a ventilator is bad. But worse is being told you can’t have one. …learning that the state’s stockpile of medical equipment had 16,000 fewer ventilators than New Yorkers would need in a severe pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to a fork in the road in 2015. He could have chosen to buy more ventilators. Instead, he asked his health commissioner, Howard Zucker to assemble a task force…
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