New reports claim that campaign donations of over a million dollars from a hospital trade association may have been behind NY Gov. Cuomo’s infamous nursing home order that resulted in 15K* COVID deaths.
The WSJ explained that one trade association may have too much power over the NY State politicians Governor:
“Look closely at a questionable Empire State health-care policy, and you’re liable to find the fingerprints of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNHA), the hospital and health-system trade group that is one of the most influential forces in New York politics.”
According to the Journal, the (GNHA) was came up with and sold the idea to the Governor, which resulted in the lame-brained March 25, 2020, order. In this infamous NY Health Department directive, Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered: “No resident shall be denied readmission or admission to a nursing home solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. Nursing homes are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 before admission or readmission.”
Thanks to the Cuomo approved decree, GNHA hospitals got out of treating the most serious CoronaVirus patients. Still, nursing homes were forced to become petri dishes for growing and spreading the virus, killing losing thousands of seniors. And the same reports claim that it wasn’t the first reward to the hospital association provided by the Governor:
The NY Post reported the results of an exclusive audit of campaign donations to Cuomo by OpenTheBooks.com, which explained that the Governor’s rewards to the GNHA began way before CoronaVirus began to infect the state.
An exclusive audit of campaign donations to Cuomo by OpenTheBooks.com shows disturbing links with industry bodies which demanded the disastrous order forcing nursing homes to admit COVID-infected patients hospitals didn’t want.
Overall, the audit shows a “systematic pay-to-play culture in Albany,” says Adam Andrzejewski, CEO of OpenTheBooks.com, a nonprofit which has compiled a comprehensive database of US public sector expenditure
Most disturbing is $1 million in donations from the Greater New York Hospital Association to the governor’s re-election campaign in 2018, plus other generous in-kind support (…) A few days before the 2018 election, Cuomo approved a multibillion-dollar Medicaid rate hike for hospitals and nursing homes, which the association had lobbied for, and which allowed them to settle a pay dispute with the union.
As the pandemic began to spread across the country in February 2020, Cuomo appointed GNHA board member Michael Dowling and the now happy union President Dennis Rivera to co-chair the Medicaid Redesign Team. Those who believe in coincidences may believe Mr. Dowling’s $5,000 donation to Cuomo and the union’s $15,000 donation given just six weeks before their appointment had nothing to do with their new state positions.
Then in March, “despite warnings from doctors that the move represented ‘a clear and present danger’ to other nursing home residents, Cuomo issued his directive. During the same time, New York’s seniors were sent to their deaths, the hospital beds in the Javits Center, and the USN Hospital Ship Comfort hospital went unused.
Too many New York State seniors succumbed to COVID-19 in nursing homes. Cuomo’s March 25 order was just plain stupid, but if it was tied to politics, it is criminal. While there is no definitive proof it was a quid pro quo, the circumstantial evidence makes the order smell rancid. And perhaps the connection is the reason that Cuomo won’t allow an independent investigation of what happened. Based on this information, an independent investigation is even more necessary.
*Note: the number of NYS nursing home deaths is still unknown. The state has an estimate, but it is bogus. Unlike other states, New York will not count a CoronaVirus death as a nursing home death if the patent has left the premises before they pass. For example, if a patient catches China Virus while living in a New York State nursing home and is sent to a hospital where they die, in NYS, it does not count as a nursing home death.
Cross-posted with The Lid
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