The Reason for California’s Covid-19 Crisis

California has a hyper-efficient health care system that usually runs well, Olga Khazan reports in The Atlantic. But it’s in trouble in the pandemic. The state is experiencing a shortage of ventilators and overwhelmed ICUs. Khazan reports:

The health-care system in California is fraying because the state has tried to run its health system efficiently. The principles are simple: Keep patients out of hospitals, funnel people to primary-care doctors, and don’t build hospitals you don’t need. In normal times, that strategy would make perfect sense. Typically…