ANALYSIS / OPINION:
The core of the cruelty that defines New York Governor Andrew Cuomo continues. As many claim, their policies are responsible for the shocking number of deaths in nursing homes in the state.
In response to a reporter who asked about the situation, Mr. Cuomo stated: [President Trump] worked so that we always had beds available. No one has been deprived of a bed or medical cover in any way. And yet people died. Still, people died. Older, more vulnerable people will die from this virus. It will happen despite what you do. Because, with all our progress as a society, we cannot keep everyone alive. "
Janice Dean, a senior meteorologist at Fox News, was not impressed by Cuomo's observation. Both in-laws died of coronavirus complications in a New York nursing home. She replied on Twitter: “Translation: it is not my fault, although I approved the order that patients recovering from coronavirus could return to assisted care homes. And then it spread like wildfire to the most vulnerable people that we must protect. …
Dean is not the only person to argue that this happened, despite what Cuomo did, but because of what he did.
The policy of requiring coronavirus patients to go from the hospital to a nursing home, regardless of whether they still have the virus, while banning nursing homes from refusing them, was even more disconcerting, considering that the federal government had sent the ship Comfort hospital to provide additional support and beds, in addition to establishing the Javits Center as a huge field hospital with 1,700 additional beds.
None of these facilities have been used to a large extent, leaving almost 1,000 beds empty at any one time. There was literally no reason to send committed elderly and infirm to older and infirm environments, and all existential reasons for not doing so.
Recently, this column noted Cuomo's surprisingly cold comments to frightened small business owners and unemployed New Yorkers that they should stop complaining and apply for jobs as "essential workers". This kind of contempt for the common person doesn't just appear as a unique outburst of benign apathy. Now, this even more illustrative example of Cuomo's brutality is finally being discussed, at least in some sectors.
New York City council member Joe Borelli told Fox News: “The truth is that on March 25, the Cuomo government made a decision in the form of a written policy that prevented nursing homes from rejecting patients that were testing positive for COVID-19. , the disease caused by the new coronavirus, when returning home to the elderly. "
That order specifically stated: “No resident will be denied readmission or admission to NH [nursing home] only based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. "
New York is now reporting more than 5,400 coronavirus-related deaths in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, a number that many believe is underreported. As outrage continued to rise, finally, on May 10, Cuomo effectively reversed new rules requiring, in part, that hospitals not lay off anyone in a nursing home without confirming that they are free from coronavirus. But the question about the obvious recklessness of his original policy became all the more urgent because of his response to the question on Sunday.
Did Mr. Cuomo's attitude that the victims of the virus die "no matter what you do" informed his decision to send them back to asylums? Didn't he want to "waste" a bed elsewhere in these supposedly hopeless cases? When did this attitude infect your thinking? Perhaps he believes that his excuse exempts him from responsibility. He would be wrong.
Michael Goodwin, of the New York Post, tells us: “Meanwhile, nursing home executives complain that Cuomo should have known that his mandate would be a murderer, but they were never consulted and received no notification before being flooded by infected patients. . As one owner said, longtime residents started "falling like flies" soon after. The same executives do not go public with their complaints because they fear that Cuomo will punish them with fines and withdraw their licenses. "
In his play, Goodman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, calls for a federal investigation with a designated US attorney using a grand jury to find answers and seek justice. In addition to New York City's Borelli calling for an investigation, New York Republican MP Nicole Malliotakis wants an independent federal investigation into Cuomo's nursing home application, Fox News reported.
In addition, New York Republican MP Elise Stefanik is also calling for an independent federal investigation. She told Fox & Friends: "The governor took executive action forcing positive cases of COVID into nursing homes, there was no transparency in terms of informing the elderly, workers or family members if there were positive cases. did not tell the public how many elderly deaths came from nursing homes. …
The reaction was severe, but what we all deserve is responsibility and justice. Cuomo's infamous March order made no sense unless he decided that executive orders would grant him the power to be a panel on a man's death. Only a federal investigation will provide answers that everyone can trust.
• Tammy Bruce, president of Independent Women & # 39; s Voice, author and contributor to Fox News, hosts a radio program.