I just finished reading the story of the federal ruling that nursing home patients in Indiana can no longer choose their health care providers based on race. On the surface you’d say well that seems right.
Does it though? Its bad enough getting squirreled away in a nursing home and losing your freedom and self-esteem but not even being allowed to state who can or cannot touch you? Nursing homes can be total shitholes and to that I can testify from personal/professional experience. Some of the pitfalls that are nursing homes led to laws actually allowing patients the right (among other rights) to choose their care givers,regardless of how someone else feels about the criteria they use.Indiana,the state where the case arose,had one of the widest interpretations of the federal statute aggressively bowing to patients rights and desires.
Anyway Brenda Chaney has won the day as it has been ruled that HER civil rights were violated when a white patient was on record to not have black caregivers and Ms. Chaney had to go find a cracker to pick up the fallen bigot.I don’t get that part at all. Nothing seems to be said that her job was tied to this issue nor does it seem she was headed for trouble after doing what she had to do.
You see I am honestly confused here. I get how I can’t be allowed to DENY care to someone,but why can’t people refuse care from me?
The latter actually happened to me. Back in my paramedic days my good and oh so professional attention was vociferously denied by a Hasidic Jew in NYC. I was there secondary to a 911 call with NYC/EMS 18Y. It turned out to be a questionable psych call but we still ended up being tied up while we waited for the “kosher bus”, aka a private service Jew only ambulance,to arrive. The doctor on board was very polite,almost apologetic as he nodded and released back to the backlogged system that is NYC 911 CAD.
As sad as it is that we have folks that have preferences of who can and can’t touch them it is even sadder in my opinion when the state tells you to shove it.The full truth on this is proof of that, seeing as certain other folks will continue to be allowed to use the law and its loopholes. The other sad part of this story is one is supposed to fight off the belief that Ms.Chaney and her lawyer did this out of desire for $$$$$$ as opposed to any real concern for civil rights. Sadly I’m one of those folks that say it’s all about the $$$$ and recognition.