(HorizonPost.com) – Optics — how things look to an outside observer — are very important to any person in the public eye, especially politicians. Apparently, nobody is more aware of that than New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D). He’s at it again; this time, he’s involved in the deaths of thousands of the most vulnerable people in America.
When the COVID-19 pandemic reared its ugly head in the United States early in 2020, the need to deal with it and contain the virus’s spread was paramount. This disease has proven that it can take an extreme toll upon the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions.
The Washington Post published a March 11, 2020 article indicating the novel coronavirus had already “caused deaths of the 60-plus-year-olds stretching across the cities of China to the metropolises of Italy and now the United States.” By that time, both the governments in Paris and Rome had already advised people to avoid visiting their loved ones in nursing homes.
Based on this known information, one would think the governor of one of the union’s most populous states would use it in his decision-making. On or about March 25, Cuomo signed an executive order that said these facilities could not refuse to admit patients who tested positive or were suspected of being so, thus proving one wrong.
The state Attorney General — and fellow Democrat — Letitia James, released an extensive report on January 28, 2021, which serves as a rebuke of the governor’s administration and health department. By twisting semantics, the number of deaths related to stays in nursing homes has been grossly understated.
In practice, only the people who actually died within the facilities were counted as mortalities, omitting those who were so sick they had to be transported to the hospital and died there. The report says the homes underreported the number of deaths by as much as 50% because of this loophole.
Infections spread and residents sickened within these facilities. The homes specifically avoided higher mortality rates by off-loading dying patients to hospitals. Of course, the governor accepts no responsibility and instead blames… that’s right, former President Donald Trump.
In the months that followed Cuomo’s edict, in the words of a Bloomberg columnist, the governor “conned the national media.” The fawning became so great that he even received a special Emmy award for his daily briefings, but now, it looks like it should have been for his acting abilities.
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