Friday, during a press briefing, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) said that the criticism of his nursing home policies during the coronavirus pandemic is “all politics” and that the issue is being pushed by those who are “politically motivated” at the New York Post and Fox News.
Actually, thousands of elderly deaths caused because Cuomo went against CDC policy and moved COVID patients into nursing homes was all politics on the Democrat governor’s watch.
Cuomo responded to a query on the New York Department of Health’s nursing home report and whether or not he would have an independent investigator do a report by saying, “I don’t believe your characterization is correct. I believe it is a political issue.
I think it’s the New York Post. I think it’s Michael Goodwin. I think it’s Bob McManus. I think it’s Fox TV. I think it is all politically motivated.
If anybody looked at the facts, they would know that it was wholly absurd on its face. People died in nursing homes. That’s very unfortunate. Just on the top line, we have — we are number 35th in the nation in percentage of deaths in nursing homes.
Go talk to 34 other states first. Go talk to the Republican states now, Florida, Texas, Arizona, ask them what is happening in nursing homes. It’s all politics.”
Holy mackerel, this governor is living in the delusional leftward land of silliness. He is quite possibly the most irresponsible elected official
Fox News’ Janice Dean criticized Cuomo after her in-laws perished in nursing homes. CNN’s Very Jake Tapper also recently chastised Cuomo for his “victory tour” on coronavirus and brought up the nursing home deaths.
Remember when a smug Andrew Cuomo tried to blame his nursing homes fiasco on the Trump administration by claiming that the CDC said to put pandemic virus-infected patients in nursing homes? Yeah, he lied.
We reported on Seema Verma, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator said that New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo and more Democrat governors originally issued guidance that contradicted federal guidelines for nursing homes battling the Chinese virus.
Verma in no uncertain terms exposed Cuomo for his malfeasance and political expediency.
“I just want to make it very clear that our guidance was absolutely crystal clear,” Verma said in an interview late last week. “It was clear and unmistakable. Any insinuation to the contrary is woefully mistaken at best and dishonest at worst. We put out our guidance on March 13. It’s very clear when it says that, I’m actually going to read this to you, it says that: ‘When should a nursing home accept a resident who is diagnosed with DTMNBN-19?’ It says: ‘A nursing home can accept a resident diagnosed with DTMNBN-19 and still under transmission-based precautions,’ which means if this person is infectious you have to take precautions. It says ‘as long as the facility can follow CDC guidance for transmission-based precautions.’ It says: ‘If a nursing home cannot, it must wait until these precautions are discontinued,’ meaning if you are not able to care for this patient—somebody is still positive and you’re not equipped to care for the patient, then you shouldn’t accept the patient into your care. That’s really important because longstanding discharge—when you’re discharging a patient from the hospital, longstanding guidelines require when you transfer them somewhere you transfer them to a place that can take care of their needs whether they’re going home or they’re going to a nursing home or some other facility.”
Verma added later that it’s “disingenuous” for Democrats such as Cuomo to say they were following federal guidelines when they weren’t.
“I think the most important thing though is I think it’s disingenuous to try to undermine the federal guidelines,” Verma said. “They were absolutely clear and nursing homes across the country adhered to those and that’s why we’ve seen at the vast majority of nursing homes. I just don’t think we should ever put a nursing home in a situation or a patient where we force them to take a patient they are not prepared to care for. That not only jeopardizes the patient but it jeopardizes the health and safety of every single resident in that nursing home.”
She went further just to clarify thing:
“The guidelines they put out, or the policy they put out, is in sharp contrast to exactly what we were saying,” Verma told Breitbart News. “Many of the nursing homes—we’re seeing this in the data—many of the nursing homes were ill-equipped to address some of the requirements around infectious disease control. They were struggling in terms of isolating patients. If you have a nursing home that has several floors, maybe you can isolate patients easily. Maybe they develop a DTMNBN-positive wing. Those were some of the things we were recommending to ensure isolation. But some facilities, they’re smaller and maybe they’ve got two people sharing a room who are sharing a bathroom with two other people. Obviously, isolation in those types of situations is going to be way more difficult. That’s why you’ve got to ensure that the patients’ needs can be taken care of. In New York, what they put out is in direct conflict with the federal guidelines.”
It looks like Democrat governors were more concerned about the optics than actually saving lives. Here’s what I think really happened.
I think Democrat governors got on a Skype, or some other app, call and came up with a way to make it appear that their numbers were down compared to Republican states.
I honestly think these Democrat morons thought this way.
I believe they read the part in the CDC guidelines that said if your hospitals are overwhelmed and they can no longer accept COVID patients, then work with the administrators of nursing homes to get them up to the standards of dealing with an influx of COVID-infect patients.
I believe the Dems went with that, but disregarded the parts about hospitals having to be overwhelmed before they moved on nursing homes, and they also disregarded the part about working with nursing homes to get setup to receive the influx of infected patients.
They just figured that those were details that could be lied about later on.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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