Governor Andrew Cuomo is blaming nursing homes for following an order issued by his health department in March to house COVID-19 patients in the facilities, which has resulted in an explosion of deaths in nursing homes across his state.
“The obligation is on the nursing home to say ‘I can’t take a COVID-positive person,’” Cuomo claimed at a recent press conference – adding that it is the responsibility of the nursing home to say if they are “too crowded,” “too busy,” or if they do “not have enough PPE” to house COVID patients.
“If they say ‘I can’t take the person,’ they can’t take the person so that’s how it works,” Cuomo said.
However, Cuomo is misrepresenting the actual text of the orders issued by his administration. Cuomo did not give nursing homes any choice but to take COVID-19 patients in a move that would go on to earn him a great deal of scrutiny.
“No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the [nursing home] solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19,” the order read.
“NHs are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or re-admission,” it continued.
Unfortunately the Nursing Homes didn’t have a choice. pic.twitter.com/v7pOA46tBD
— David Catlett (@DavidSpacewad) May 27, 2020
Cuomo is deflecting blame after widespread outrage over his administration’s order that has doomed many of the most vulnerable New York residents to painful, miserable, lonely deaths.
Big League Politics has reported about the “blood” that is on Cuomo’s hands for putting the elderly at risk:
The Health Department of New York made a deadly decision on March 25 when it forced nursing homes to take in people who held a positive diagnosis for coronavirus in certain cases.
It was determined by the state of New York that these coronavirus patients were “medically stable,” but in actuality, they were far from stable. They still carried the disease that could be easily passed to others in these crowded facilities.
The New York Post reported that in one particularly morbid case, coronavirus patients were admitted to a nursing home in Queens with body bags accompanying them.
“My colleague noticed that one of the boxes was extremely heavy. Curious as to what could possibly be making that particular box so much heavier than the rest, he opened it,” an executive from the nursing home said to The Post on Thursday.
“The first two coronavirus patients were accompanied by five body bags,” the whistleblower added.
The body bags would soon be filled with corpses as coronavirus swept through the hospital among the most vulnerable population. Thirty residents would die from coronavirus-related in just days after the first COVID+ patients were admitted at one nursing home alone.
“Cuomo has blood on his hands. He really does. There’s no way to sugarcoat this,” the health care executive said.
“Why in the world would you be sending coronavirus patients to a nursing home, where the most vulnerable population to this disease resides?” they added.
Cuomo will never take responsibility for the deadly impacts of his failed public policy regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
Billionaire Mike Bloomberg Pays $16 Million in Fines of Black and Hispanic Felons to Enable Them to Vote
Billionaire and former New York City Mayor has raised $16 million dollars to pay off outstanding fines of Black and Hispanic felons in Florida, according to reporting from Axios on Tuesday. Florida restricts the voting rights of convicted criminals until they’ve paid off fines levied for their crimes by the criminal justice system.
It appears that Bloomberg’s fine repayment initative was only available to Black and Hispanic felons. Axios reported that to qualify for Bloomberg’s money, applicants had to have outstanding fines of less than $1,500, be already registered to vote, and to be Black or Latino.
White felons need not apply.
The program has reportedly already cleared the fines of 32,000 felons in the state, enabling them to vote in the election. It erases the punitive aspect of the court system’s fines, which were levied in the first place in order to require convicted criminals to personally make amends for their actions.
Bloomberg’s felon bailout giveaway is legally questionable, and Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz has requested that Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody investigate what he’s doing. If he’s paying felons to vote for any one specific candidate, Bloomberg is in violation of campaign finance rules and could be liable to serve jail time .
#BREAKING: I'm calling on the Florida Attorney General to launch an investigation into @MikeBloomberg for potentially engaging in bribery and vote buying in the state of Florida. pic.twitter.com/2pAjZlAwSh
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) September 22, 2020
“The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy and no American should be denied that right,” said a Bloomberg spokesperson when asked about the fine repayment initiative. But it doesn’t seem as if the failed Democratic primary candidate is willing to buy back the voting rights of individuals who might be less inclined to vote for Joe Biden in November.
Bloomberg already tried and failed to buy the nomination in the Democratic primary, and now he’s trying to buy the crucial swing state of Florida for Joe Biden. Corrupt oligarchs should not be allowed to abuse the political system with impunity.
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