Pure Evil: Cuomo Now Claims Nursing Home Scandal “Never Happened”

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Andrew Cuomo claims nursing home scandal never happened

Andrew Cuomo is determined to memory-hole the biggest scandal his administration has ever caused: a March 25 advisory which ordered nursing homes to admit COVID-positive patients.

The order stated: “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 flatly prohibited nursing homes from testing their residents returning from hospitals for COVID.”

As a direct result of this order, over 4,500 COVID patients were sent to their deaths in nursing homes throughout New York. New York state put the number even higher, at almost 6,300 in a July report.

Businessinsider.com reports: But after the state’s nursing homes became out-of-control COVID hotspots, in May the Department of Health (DOH) quietly scrubbed the edict from its website. 

And yet, Cuomo this week said that nursing homes taking in COVID-positive residents directly from hospitals “just never happened.” 

Speaking with Finger Lakes Daily News, the governor insisted that because the state had so effectively and quickly flattened the curve there was never a shortage of hospital beds. Therefore, Cuomo says, there was no need for nursing homes to take COVID patients. 

Again, the state’s own report says the opposite. 

This is some Trump-level gaslighting. 

Cuomo’s selling a “leadership” brand. But leaders take responsibility for their mistakes.

It’s no surprise that Cuomo continues to dismiss concerns over the nursing home fiasco. He’s got a reputation to protect.

Cuomo’s early-pandemic daily press conferences provided a respite for the state and the country from President Trump’s chaotic, lying, conspiracy theory-riddledaddresses to the nation. 

He became a coronavirus hero, feted by other governors, lauded on the talk show circuit, and granted a regular guest spot on his brother Chris’ nightly CNN show. 

It appears to have gone to his head. 

Cuomo’s got a book coming out in less than two weeks called, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which his publisher says “tells the riveting story of how he took charge in the fight against COVID-19 as New York became the epicenter of the pandemic, offering hard-won lessons in leadership and his vision for the path forward.”

If it strikes you as odd that the governor of the state which has been most-devastated by the pandemic is publishing such a book when we’re nowhere near the end of the pandemic, it gets a whole lot stranger.

Under pressure to explain the thousands of nursing home deaths which followed the DOH order, Cuomo’s administration investigated itself and ultimately issued a report in July, absolving itself of all responsibility. The report instead blamed nursing home staff and patients’ families for spreading the virus. 

Though the state estimated about 6,600 nursing home deaths, AP said the number could be almost 11,000. But we don’t know, because the Cuomo administration is being maddeningly secretive with its data.

Cuomo has since rejected outright any calls for an independent investigation as “ugly politics,” even though a number of prominent New York Democrats have also called for a non-state agency to investigate. 

In an attempt to get to the bottom of the issue, the fiscally conservative-leaning Empire Center for Public Policy in August filed a Freedom of Information Law request asking the DOH for the states’ records regarding COVID-related nursing home deaths. The DOH requested an additional two months to search for the records, prompting the Empire Center to file a lawsuit to expedite the process.

The suit alleges that the DOH already is “hiding” the data “without justification.” 

Rich Azzopardi, a senior adviser to the governor, told the Albany Times-Union that the suit is “nothing more than a publicity stunt from an arm of the far-right advocacy industrial complex looking to ‎distract from the many, many failings of the federal government during this pandemic.”

A partisan motivation for the lawsuit is entirely possible. But it’s also irrelevant. 

The facts remain that the state hasn’t been transparent with its data regarding nursing home deaths, and both non-conservative media outlets and Democratic lawmakers have also been agitating for that same data. 

There’s no reason for any of this. 

It’s possible that Cuomo was working with the best available information and guidance from the federal government when the March 25 nursing home order was issued. That the order was quietly rescinded in May demonstrates that the state knew it was a mistake.

All the governor had to do was take responsibility for a well-meaning error at the start of an unprecedented crisis, as a true leader would, and the controversy goes away. 

One thing’s for certain, when Cuomo says “it never happened,” he’s not telling the truth. 

(I reached out to Gov. Cuomo’s office for comment or clarification, but have not yet received a response.)


    • Yes and throughout the world of corporate governments patients in nursing homes have no defense against ” euthanasia ” Saying you dont want to die or struggling or ir trying to escape doesn’t stop them Thats fascism .

  1. They all ALL deny that the real purpose of nursing homes is to gain total control over the inmates estate and to kill them .They all lie through their devious deceitfilled teeth .They lie about the fact they have been killing patients at 3 am with a shot of methadone ,BECAUSE that’s the most economical time to dispose of their client in readiness for the next repository to be immersed in their duty of care. Then they have the gall, yes they do , to act shocked than old geriatrics are dying in nursing care Only to get more money to build even more and pay higher wages to the administrators of their sicial.responsibility. And yes some would want euthanasia ,but ive known many who did not and were just murdered .Even the husband of claimant Grand Duchess Anastasia , history Proffesor someone or other ,the son of the Dean i think of UCLA ? or anorher respectable uni said,straight out that the nursing home who captured her after he helped her escape ” medically murdered ” her Theyre doing it all over the world as business as usual .

    • Professor Manahan I think. She who was the subject of the longest running court case in the history of the world, 33 years, said often ” many people want me dead ” .As soon as she was ” legally murdered ” then very quickly down came the berlin wall and pronto communism was disbanded in ussr .

      • Jack helped her escape after ” they ” had her put into a home against both his and her wishes .The authorities took her Jack helped her escape and they were hunted down by the state police and she was arrested at gunpoint and taken back A terrified old woman about 82 or 3 years old who was married to a professional man and they lived in a prestigious home in University Circle with a full time butler and money was no problem for cleaners or whatever .They took her at gunpoint as she tried to run for her LIFE. And the state said nothing

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