How a Well-Meaning Health Policy Created California’s Coronavirus Nightmare

The state’s hyperefficient health-care system runs pretty well — unless a pandemic strikes.

A patient rests in a corridor waiting for a room at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, California on January 3, 2021. Photo: Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images
An ambulance crew waits with a patient outside the Coast Plaza Hospital emergency room during a surge of coronavirus cases in Los Angeles on December 26, 2020. Photo: David Swanson/Reuters

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