Hillary Clinton Thanks Andrew Cuomo For “Keeping People Safe,” But Thousands of Nursing Home Patients Died

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 26, 2020   |   1:02PM   |   Washington, DC

Hillary Clinton yesterday issued a tweet thanking New York Governor Andrew Cuomo” for supposedly “keeping people safe” during the coronavirus. But her tweet and praise for the pro-abortion governor totally ignores the thousands of nursing home residents who died and for whose deaths he is personally responsible.

“I’m missing our Chappaqua Memorial Day parade today while also feeling grateful to leaders like @NYGovCuomo for making responsible decisions to keep people safe,” the pro-abortin former presidential candidate tweeted.

Conservative writer noticed the tweet and grumbled how Hillary clearly ignored the massive scandal in the Empire State:

The lack of self-awareness is something to behold.

Aside from Clinton’s tweet showing no commemoration of anyone who died protecting the nation and instead showing pictures of her and Bill laughing with Cuomo, Cuomo’s asinine policies requiring nursing homes to take in COVID-19-positive patients likely caused an epidemic in itself.

A recent analysis by the Associated Press showed that at least 4,300 of these patients were sent back following Cuomo’s March order, presumably thereafter infecting thousands of others.

Cuomo signed the order that sealed their fate, but he is now attempting to deflect blame for killing thousands of nursing home residents who perished because he signed an order requiring nursing homes to accept coronavirus patients.

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In March, as the coronavirus crisis broke, pro-life leaders urged state and federal leaders to protect people who are elderly and have disabilities from medical discrimination. Instead, Cuomo signed the order on March 25 that has resulted in thousands of deaths in nursing homes.

People who live in nursing homes, including the elderly and people with disabilities, are at greater risk of dying from the virus; and Cuomo’s order led many to question whether it would do more harm than good. But it wasn’t until over 5,000 seniors died that Cuomo finally reversed the order on May 11.

Yet states like Pennsylvania that had similar orders have seen a large number of nursing home deaths as well, while states like Florida have not because pro-life Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis did not issue that kind of mandate.

DeSantis prohibited visitations to assisted living facilities and nursing homes. In addition, Gov. DeSantis prohibited nursing homes and long-term care facilities to [allow] COVID-19 patients who were discharged from hospitals to be returned to their facilities. He established COVID-19 dedicated nursing homes. In addition, he required comprehensive screening of staff and vendors entering these long-term care facilities. Testing and contact tracing was a priority for all Florida residents in addition to providing precious PPE [personal protective equipment]. Impeding those who were fleeing from other states where there was community spread of this virus was also important.

Elaine Mazzotta, a nurse whose mother died last month of suspected COVID-19 at a Long Island nursing home, blames Cuomo for issuing the order.

“The way this has been handled by the state is totally irresponsible, negligent and stupid,” she said. “They knew better. They shouldn’t have sent these people into nursing homes.”

Norbert Michel, director of the Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal that Cuomo really is to blame.

“The nursing home policy [in New York] was insane. The state was basically sending someone to an early grave. … If it is the case that the infection was already widespread before anyone knew about it, the state was still literally sending people back into it,” he said.

And nursing homes opposed Cuomo’s order.

The Long Term Care Community Coalition in New York opposed the Cuomo policy of sending COVID-19 patients back to nursing homes.

Similarly, the American Medical Directors Association, in a March 26 statement, said: “Unsafe transfers will increase the risk of transmission in post-acute and long-term care facilities, which will ultimately only serve to increase the return flow back to hospitals, overwhelming capacity, endangering more healthcare personnel, and escalating the death rate.”

Whether Cuomo’s policy was an oversight, stupid or criminal, Connecticut’s Governor Lamont got it right when he said: “I think, especially in a crisis, the buck stops right here.” But Cuomo won’t take responsibility.