Suffering in the US due to COVID-19 is brought to you in part by the Democratic Party, their supporters, and their Republican allies
Make no mistake about it: we are in this mess now as a direct result of the policies supported by both parties that own the government. I mean "own" literally: the two parties having members occupying approximately 100% of elected offices in the country are, officially, corporations. Their control over our government is ownership in the most fundamental sense.
People in the US are losing their livelihoods and their lives, right now, because of inhumane policies. Let's go through the two worst, shall we?
Employer Sponsored Health Care
Companies that are large enough to offer health insurance often self-insure. What does this mean? Simple: every time someone files a claim, the payment made by the insurance company is, ultimately, made by the company the individual works for. The insurance provider listed in the individual's benefit plan is an administrator for the company-funded program.
Why this is inhumane
That's simple, too: there is a perverse incentive and feedback loop that operates. The perverse incentive is to reduce costs. The feedback loop is that this incentive exists simultaneously in both the company and the insurance provider, with a direct connection: the insurance provider is incentivized to reduce costs to their customer (the employer) so that they can keep their contract, and the employer is incentivized to reduce costs because it improves the bottom line. The result is that quality of care is dis-incentivized in favor of protecting profits. Companies literally don't care if workers die (they cease being a cost, and can be replaced) and insurers don’t care for similar reasons: one less expense.
Social safety nets
This includes anything from Section-8 to SNAP to mental health support. All of these are in a shambles thanks to a persistent, 40 year effort to defund and modify them to benefit private administrator corporations. These initiatives were started by Ronald Reagan, but every single president since then has expanded and "improved" them (i.e. made them better at being worse for the people they were meant to serve and better at lining the pockets of wealthy individuals corruptly skimming from them), including Bill Clinton and Barack Obama--key Democratic figures.
Why this is inhumane
It's fairly self-evident: without strong social safety measures in place, the most vulnerable among us suffer. Worse, their suffering is extended and made worse specifically for the purpose of making already wealthy individuals wealthier. Without a strong system of employment insurance, financial assistance for necessities like food and shelter, and mental health services, the poor and those who need assistance to simply care for themselves cannot take time off for illness or to care for sick family, they are dependent on their job(s) in a way very much analogous to the serfdom of feudal times, and large-scale economic catastrophes disproportionately affect them negatively.
What does this have to do with COVID-19
It's a simple exercise in deduction.
Tying health care to employment leads to widespread, severe shortcomings in care when employment drops, especially if it drops rapidly in a time of widespread disaster such as a pandemic. Individuals who are suffering when things are (supposedly) going well suffer even more!
Having poor, underfunded, inadequate social safety measures in place acts as an exponential multiplier for individuals already impacted by the shortcomings in health care. More of these individuals will get sick, get sicker for longer, and more of them will die.
Who has supported these inhumane things?
The list of proponents of these policies is basically the list of leaders of both parties: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, etc. Their prominent supporters (e.g. Markos Moulitsas, Sean Hannity) aid and abet their political policies--they're just as responsible for the system we have today as the politicians they promote and support.
We are in this situation not because mean Republicans refuse to help Democrats enact policies, but because Republicans and Democratic politicians together, in coordination with their supporters, work to enact the policies we have today.
I am so sick of Democratic operatives and partisans trying to shove the load of dogshit that "republicans won't cooperate". The goddamn democrats are complicit.. End of story.
Many people who are dying in this pandemic didn't have to die. And their deaths are on the hands of these politicians and their enablers.