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Having failed to bury news of his March 25 order prohibiting nursing homes from rejecting patients with COVID-19, Governor Cuomo tried blame-shifting. He was “following federal guidelines,” he claimed, citing a March 13 order from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The head of CMS rejects the claim.
“Under no circumstances should a hospital discharge a patient to a nursing home that’s not prepared to take care of those patients’ needs,” Verma said on Fox News Radio. “The federal guidelines are absolutely clear about this.”
We can read the fine print and decide for ourselves who is right here. Or we can think about this:
Though reports seem oddly cryptic on the point (typically saying “some states,” without saying which states), as far as I’ve been able to gather, every governor who had a policy of sending COVID-19-positive into nursing homes is a Democrat. We’re talking about at least NY, NJ, PA, MI, CA, MN.
I’ve been looking around, but have yet to find one Republican governor with a similar policy. (Correct me if I’m wrong, and I’ll gladly amend the post.)
What could account for this discrepancy? And why isn’t it in the news everywhere?Published in