Vaccine resistance has opened the genuine possibility of health care rationing
Medical workers at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida, work to stabilize a COVID-19 patient. - John Pendygraft/Tampa Bay Times/TNS

A year and a half into the pandemic, the long-feared specter of rationed health care — that is, the delay or denial of medical treatment to some patients who need it because there simply aren’t enough resources to go around — is perilously close to becoming reality. As unvaccinated coronavirus victims overwhelm hospitals, some states are edging toward allowing doctors to decide which patients get immediate care and which don’t. It could affect not just coronavirus patients but medical care across the board. Frustrated calls to put the willfully unvaccinated at the end of the medical line are u...