Haha that's a funny one, the "GDP negative people". Next thing would be that we rank the help people get or not according to their GDP positiveness. ICU only for those with GDP positiveness above X with X depending on the number of ventilators. The bigger the crisis, the more people start dropping off the list of those that can be helped. GDP is king. But it actually starts to sound a bit like what would probably happen in a stressed communist country to me, maybe like North Korea. It might be a practical solution to the problems in terms of GDP, but otherwise (socially etc) it would be totally unacceptable in the first world. To me it still sounds that we should have just done whatever they did in Taiwan and South Korea, at least paid a bit more attention. It doesn't sound like whatever they did impacted GDP in the same way it it has in the US and Europe. And on top of that fewer people died there as well !
It's a pity that all "the news" seems to be reporting on is the total number of (new) cases and total number of (new) deaths. Never any percentages and rarely in context with previous days which would give you an idea of "where we are" on this curve.
We already rank people by how much they contribute to GDP, it's called money. We also already have medical systems that will only treat if you pay and plenty that prioritize based on how much you will pay. This is not a function of socialist or communism but capitalism. Medical systems that treat everyone are not capitalist but socialist. But even socialist health care will make choices base on an individuals worth to society, refusing some treatments past a certain age or as is being discovered in Italy refusing any treatment for some people when the system is overwhelmed.
Socialism is an interesting system. Don't think it has ever really worked out. The problem is those that take seek more and more till the burden is too high and the amount of people that get taken from gets too few. The system ends up collapsing, becomes unworkable. It makes perfect sense why that should happen, because it is so far removed from natural law. In nature if you don't pull your weight, make a mistake or become sick, then that's it, your dead. I am not saying that is something to be admired, but it is the condition that allowed us and everything else to exist. Do you think given that is what formed us would it be wise to completely undo or counter act it?
Taiwan does seem to have done something right, but then there is other Asian countries with few cases who are just not testing really at all. I think masks played a big part. I think reacting to it earlier did also. The problem though is with no immunity, they are susceptible at any point to another outbreak. The first suppression event on the virus, with lock downs etc, is already predicted to have cost as much had we done nothing. Given the small scale of spread with no large amount of immunity this could easily be repeated 100's of times, but by about the 4 times most of society would collapse or at least a coup or revolution would occur. So you had better hope if you liked life before then some other strategy is adopted.