Won't work here. Hospitals being forced to turn people away or deny care due to rationing would be instant major news, both on television and online. Americans won't stand for that, but they'll be forced to swallow it. The cultural idea that we can just forget about the virus and it's going to magically disappear would be embarrassing if it weren't so very dangerous. But learning the hard way--if we learn at all--is yet another time-tested American trait.