Cuomo on Nursing Home Scandal: 'Older People Are Going to Die... That is Going to Happen'

Chris Menahan
May. 18, 2020

Governor Andrew Cuomo responded to a question about his scandalous decision to force nursing homes to take in coronavirus patients by waxing poetic about the nature of life and death.


From RedState:
Q. What do you say to families inside of nursing homes and they are looking for accountability? They would like to see justice. For example, I just interviewed a family of three siblings. They’ve had two nursing home losses within a few weeks of one another on two separate floors of the same facility here in Albany. They felt so much solace when you got up and talked about Matilda’s Law. They said, “great, we’re protected,” our loved ones are going to be okay because of Matilda’s Law. And then their loved ones passed away because they couldn’t get the testing. So they are looking for accountability and they feel that they were failed. What’s the comment to that?

CUOMO: Yeah. The comment is this, and I have those conversations all day long, with people who’ve lost people, right? We lost 139 people yesterday in hospitals. Who is accountable for those 139 deaths? How do we get justice for those families who had 139 deaths? What is justice? Who can we prosecute for those deaths? Nobody. Nobody. Mother Nature? God? Where did this virus come from? People are going to die by this virus. That is the truth. Best hospital system on the globe, I believe we have. Best doctors, best nurses, who have responded like heroes. Every medication, ventilators, the health system wants for nothing. We worked it out so we always had available beds. No one was deprived of a medical bed or coverage in any way. And still people died. Still people died. Older people, vulnerable people, are going to die from this virus. That is going to happen. Despite whatever you do. Because with all of our progress as a society, we can’t keep everyone alive. Despite everything you do. And older people are more vulnerable. And that is a fact and that is not going to change…Why do people die? Who is accountable?...

Q. [Inaudible] feel that if the mandates were currently in place right now, that we’ve all been talking about in here, were in place from the get-go, they feel that their loved ones might still be here.

CUOMO: I don’t...look people rationalize death in different ways. I don’t think there is any logical rationale to say they would be alive today...
What is criminal negligence?

What is criminal culpability?

Can politicians be held responsible for their criminally negligent actions or are we in a post-justice world where politicos can never be held responsible for anything?

We knew at least back in February the elderly were the most vulnerable to this virus, yet Cuomo and other Democratic governors ordered nursing homes to take in CV patients in March and only reversed their decisions after the media started reporting on all the deaths that were piling up.

There was nothing "inevitable" about old folks in nursing homes getting this virus -- politicians like Cuomo and Rachel Levine literally sent it to them (of course, Levine's mother was taken out of harm's way before the orders came down).

Nursing homes in Pennsylvania account for "nearly 70 percent of the coronavirus-related deaths statewide," CBS Pittsburgh reported earlier this month.

At least a third of the 15,000+ deaths in New York were in nursing homes, though we don't know the exact numbers now because they quietly stopped reporting the real numbers after this scandal broke.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis fortified nursing homes right off the bat and hasn't seen anywhere near the deaths that Democratic states which did the opposite have.

There's nothing metaphysical about this. This is unquestionably the biggest scandal of the entire corona-crisis and the Democratic governors and their political lackeys who gave these orders need to be held accountable.

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