As she tried to control the desperation in her voice, the nurse at Charity Hospital in New Orleans described on CNN the working conditions she and her colleagues were facing a few days after Hurricane Katrina — without electricity, they had to ventilate patients by hand; without water, they had to leave patients lying in feces. Later, reporters told how healthcare professionals were forced to “black-tag” patients — deciding who would receive care and who would be left to die. As I watched ...

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