The Biasness of the Healthcare System during the Covid-19 Pandemic
The covid-19 pandemic shook the world when it first hit in 2019. It proved to be more than a health crisis as it disturbed all country sectors and the global economy. The pandemic also exposed some of the government’s weaknesses, especially the health department. The political cartoon represents how the healthcare system is biased against certain groups of people in the community, especially during the pandemic. It terms them as ‘underlying conditions.’ according to the cartoon, the most affected groups were the poor, black people and nursing home residents during the pandemic, yet the healthcare system downplayed it. The cartoon approaches the issue of biases in the health system using an interviewer interviewing a healthcare operator.
The cartoonist tries to create an emotional appeal by introducing a hospital bed and labeling the names of the disadvantaged groups on it. This picture is meant to capture the reader’s attention and persuade them to connect their emotions and relate to the discrimination that heightened during the pandemic against these groups of people. It stirs pity and empathy towards the poor, black people and nursing home residents. With logos, reason was achieved through the healthcare system trying to hide the unfairness that black people, the poor and the nursing home residents by generalizing the issue. The image depicts the social problem that has been in existence for a long time and was felt even more during the pandemic. In the picture, the healthcare uses the ‘underlying conditions’ to represent being poor, black or a nursing home resident, which is unfair and inconsiderate.