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ICYMI: HIGHLIGHTS FROM WAYS & MEANS HEARING ON THE NURSING HOME CRISIS; REP. REED PUSHES FOR ANSWERS, OUTLINES SOLUTIONS MOVING FORWARD

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Washington, June 26, 2020 | comments

Yesterday, Rep. Tom Reed led a detailed review of Governor Cuomo’s disastrous nursing home policies and discussed solutions to keep our nation’s parents and grandparents safe during the Ways & Means Health Subcommittee hearing.  

An excerpt of Reed’s opening remarks is copied below. 

“While many states, 45 in fact, chose to follow CDC guidance regarding nursing home regulations, a small group of governors made fatal errors that directly exposed the elderly to COVID-19 and placed our most vulnerable population in harm's way. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo, in my home state of New York, enacted a series of disastrous policies that directly lead to the deaths of thousands of our state’s parents and grandparents.”

Reed’s full statement can be found here

Important highlights from the hearing include:

1. “I think that was a mistake.” 

After trying to play with percentages to sugarcoat New York’s horrific death toll, we pressed the Democrats’ star witness for answers. He admitted what Governor Cuomo did was wrong. 

The Democrats' star witness then misconstrued the CDC's guidance in an attempt to defend Governor Cuomo, but he failed to read the entirety of the CDC’s guidance.

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As PolitiFact noted in their fact check, “the CDC warned nursing homes to keep COVID-19 out of their facilities and said nursing homes can admit coronavirus patients, but only if they are able to properly care for them.”

Politifact goes on to say, “However, in the month following the [NYS] March 25 advisory, nursing home operators felt that they had no choice but to accept these patients.”

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2.  "We knew from the beginning that that [order] could have a devastating impact on our nursing home."

As a hospital and nursing home administrator for Schuyler Hospital, witness Rebecca Gould saw first hand the ramifications of New York’s deadly edicts. 

LINK HERE

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3. “You were on our daily hospital calls...When the March 25 order from NYS was issued...were you in any way consulted?” 

“No, I was not.”

Rebecca Gould also spoke to how Governor Cuomo ignored the medical community when he issued his deadly March 25th order. 

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4. Reed and witness Rebecca Gould discussed how moving forward, a comprehensive strategy and real solutions are needed to keep our nation’s parents and grandparents safe. 

The two noted the importance of keeping COVID-positive residents separated from COVID-negative facilities, ensuring COVID-positive seniors receive the best possible care at facilities equipped to treat them, and better coordination through regional health networks. 

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