Gov Cuomo refused to buy ventilators in 2015 despite knowing they’d be needed

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Betsy McCaughey, Chairman of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths is a former lieutenant governor of New York. In a column on the 18th, she pointed out that Governor Andrew Cuomo refused to buy enough ventilators to cover a pandemic, even while he had the funds back in 2015.

A severe case of coronavirus attacks the lungs and makes it impossible to breathe without a ventilator. New York has 16,000 too few ventilators and Governor Cuomo made that call in 2015, McCaughey writes.

Instead of buying ventilators, he “asked his health commissioner, Howard Zucker to assemble a task force and draft rules for rationing the ventilators they already had.”

“That task force came up with rules that will be imposed when ventilators run short. Patients assigned a red code will have the highest access, and other patients will be assigned green, yellow or blue (the worst) depending on a “triage officer’s” decision. In truth, a death officer. Let’s not sugarcoat it. It won’t be up to your own doctor. ”

“Cuomo could have purchased the additional 16,000 needed ventilators for $36,000 apiece or a total of $576 million in 2015. It’s a lot of money but less than the $750 million he threw away on a boondoggle “Buffalo Billion” solar panel .”

“The task force claimed there was no point in buying ventilators because there’s also a shortage of doctors and nurses trained to use them. Five years ago, that problem could have been fixed, too. Even now, the National Disaster Medical System can send staff to hot spots like New York.”

“But in New York, rationing ventilators should be unnecessary. The state knew of the shortage, had the money, and should have bought the lifesaving equipment, instead of making a plan on who should live or die.’

We’re sure the MSM will be right on this.

In 2015, Cuomo was in Puerto Rico concerned about their healthcare:


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herbert r richmond
herbert r richmond
2 years ago

As usual all these loud mouth Democrat Gov. are hypocrites especially this one.

Zigmont
Zigmont
2 years ago

A little off topic and maybe tinfoil hat, Gov. Cuomo gives a daily press briefing on this coronavirus, he gets full coverage from MSNBC.CNN,FOX with no commercial breaks, all his briefings are right before the Whitehouse has theirs on coronavirus, he goes into specific detail of what he is doing for New York and what else needs to be done, my impression from watching him a few times was a performance of someone running for President…………… he gets more coverage then Biden, has anybody seen Biden lately?? Is Cuomo the DNC’S Chosen One for the convention because they Know Biden doesn’t have a chance of beating Trump?????

M.Dowling
M.Dowling
2 years ago
Reply to  M Dowling

I mean hat

Matron Malice
Matron Malice
2 years ago
Reply to  Zigmont

I have been thinking the same thing. It’s deliberately set up like a Presidental press conference. They know that Biden is useless and are, I think, trying to weasel Andrew into position to be the nominee. Idiots will vote for him because CNN and MSNBC says he’s “Presidential”.

Tim Kuehl
Tim Kuehl
2 years ago

Cuomo will be up for reelection in 2022 and this should be a campaign issue for his opponent. Of course this will be called mud slinging as it always is when a Democrat’s dismal record is brought up. But even if the media manage to squash it, the NY voters will hopefully remember.

Built For The Future
Built For The Future
2 years ago

Now you see why preps are never a bad idea. It’s not kooky or conspiracy minded, it is thinking ahead.
I’m getting a huge kick out of family members and their Fakebook feeds chock full of coincidence theories.
So glad that I avoid the cesspool of social media where lovers of self spy on themselves and someone else profits off of it.
If Saint Greta isn’t too busy walking across the Atlantic we could use some globull warming over here as it is snowing.

Craig
Craig
2 years ago

But gosh…he’s a man of the people. He cares about us.