A Look Ahead To Government Healthcare…

…with a side helping of “Blue Minnesota always tries to emulate New York”.

City-run nursing homes in NYC became wretched hellscapes during the worst of the pandemic:

“It was just heartbreaking,” said one of the RNs, a mom of four from Wisconsin who spent about 17 days at the Coler Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center.

“Patients were in deplorable conditions — very, very dirty, bed sores, terrible odors,’’ the FEMA-contracted nurse, 38, told The Post.

“During my shift, I was placing my initials on the adult diapers. When I would return the next day, the patients would have an additional adult diaper on over the one with my initials on it, saturated urine through both and through the sheets.’’

She and several other nurses, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they tended to coronavirus patients in the facility’s long-term-care section.

The virus-sickened patients were already living at the site when the nurses arrived and not among the COVID-19 sufferers who were ordered sent to the facility by Mayor Bill de Blasio because of a shortage of hospital beds amid the pandemic. The patients brought in from the outside were put in a separate wing of the site that had been closed.

The conditions were a direct result of Governor “Fredo” Cuomo and Mayor “Ratso” DiBlasio’s bureaucratic d**k-measuring contest back in March – further proof that politics is not just (as Kevin Williamson says) the worst possible way of allocating scarce resources, but in times of crisis, the deadliest as well.

17 thoughts on “A Look Ahead To Government Healthcare…

  1. I was under the impression that MN had taken some sort of pole position in kill grandma at the rest home derby. Like NY(C) has learned not to admit the sick into rest homes (after many deaths), but MN is in a hold-my-beer phase of this. How Wally seems to avoid a national reputation in this regard is a puzzle.

  2. Worst. Elites. Ever.
    We would be in the same place with the pandemic now, though with a booming economy, if we had just done what sensible people have done in past pandemics: wash your hands frequently, avoid crowds, and protect the at-risk population.
    It’s not rocket science, it is just common sense.

  3. Look, it’s sad. In fact it’s tragic, that Governor Walz ordered infected patients placed with at-risk seniors, knowing there was a great risk they’d all die. But he had no choice.

    Governor Walz relied on the finest scientific expertise available, the U of M computer model that confidently predicted a surge of Covid cases which would overwhelm the hospitals, killing 75,000 Minnesotans of all ages, from 6 months to 91 years, if he didn’t take steps to keep hospital beds open. So yes, old sick people were intentionally sent to make other old people sick, in order to keep the hospital beds open for the surge of cases that is coming. Right around the corner. Aaaany day now.

    And look – the policy worked! 75,000 Minnesotans have not died. In fact, fewer than 1,000 died and they were mostly old and sick people who were going to die anyway. People in nursing homes die all the time; a few extra deaths on the margins is nothing to get excited about.

    It’s astonishing to me how ungrateful people can be. Here we have a man whose bold policies saved the state, who bravely withstood the barrage of criticism from every corner, whose vision and leadership is an inspiration to all, and yet the ankle-biters are never satisfied. “You killed Grandma, boo hoo.” Well, if that’s the price that must be paid to rescue five million people from the reckless incompetence of the Trump Administration, that’s a price the Governor is willing to pay.


  4. I thought Chris was the “Fredo” of the Cuomo family? Not sure who Andrew would be then? Sonny? Definitely not Michel or Tom.

  5. So, there you are, got your RN. Things are slow in Wisconsin, so you agree to help out in NYC. And find that conditions are similar to a Calcutta jail. I hope some of the visiting RNs took lots of pictures and documented things. Project Veritas is likely the only group that would actually report on it though.

  6. It’s also been reported that all the out-of-state RNs, and the volunteers from Samaritan’s Purse that opened a field hospital in Central Park, are getting dinged for state income tax for the time they were there.

  7. NW – I don’t think that’s unusual. When Wisconsin LEO were brought in for the 2008 RNC, they got hit as well. Not that I’m arguing for taxes, but I’m sure NY needs all they can get.

  8. Feces, urine, insect vermin, rats, stomach churning odor, general filth…

    The staff was imported from decent, American states, so naturally they were horrified with the conditions. But assuming most of the patients were New Yorkers, the conditions probably didn’t seem any different than those they had lived with all their lives. As long as they had free cable TV, they’re good to go.

  9. This chopper;

    Ha! Reminds me of the movie “Good Morning Vietnam”, where Robin Williams character meets a bunch of grunts out in the bush. One black soldier says that he’s from Cleveland, to which William’s character replies; “Oh, well then you find Vietnam is just like home then”, or something along that line.

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  11. Now that we learn The Great and Wonderful Walz has pulled a Fredo by stuffing nursing homes with Covid patients, one has to wonder why.

    “Why? Sputter, sputter because the model warned us that a surge in Covid patients would overwhelm our ability to treat them, that’s why you stupid peasant.”

    Minnesota has 10,504 staffed hospital beds. As of yesterday, the cumulative total of hospitalization was 2,308 and the number of patient actually in the hospital was 550. Covid patients were sent to nursing homes because the model predicted a surge that never happened. This was a disaster created by a bad model and carried out by incompetent decision makers blinded by the model.

  12. Greg, saw this in today’s Red Star:

    “The state has an immediate capacity of 1,261 ICU beds, but 1,034 were filled as of Wednesday by patients with COVID-19 or unrelated health problems.

    According to the Junta’s daily briefing, there’s currently 212 people in ICU with bat flu. That means there’s 822 in ICU with not bat flu. I’d bet my next paycheck many are Negro joggers with gunshot wounds.

    Oops…there I go, “noticing” again.

    But I digress. My point is, the various arms of the reprobate state and media are so anxious to keep everyone bullshitted, they’re stepping on each other’s Bullshit stories.

    No wonder nitwits like D_K are flailing around like spastic monkeys.

  13. “Immediate capacity.” Yes, standing there waiting, ready for you.

    But the Governor pointed out in his press conference after the first two week order that we had been successful in expanding the ICU bed pool. We have an additional 1,000 stood up within 24 hours, and a third 1,000 within 72 hours. That’s enough beds to meet the model’s predictions of need except we were short of ventilators, back-ordered because Bad Orange Man or something, so the lockdown had to continue.

    We have plenty of beds to meet both current AND projected needs.

  14. Before the epidemic hit, it’s worth noting that there were only about 400 ICU beds in the state. Good to see that the private sector is indeed capable of addressing needs this way, and I’m glad that we now have some margin.

    It strikes me, however, as the nation’s dealing with its third or fourth epidemic in the past 20 years, that maybe, just maybe, we ought to have facilities that could be dedicated to treating the victims of epidemics, including a quarantine of the people treating them. Maybe combine it with small ERs/obstetrics wards in more remote areas–“hospitalettes” that could reduce accident and maternal mortality in good times, and in bad times, could prevent epidemics from getting totally out of hand. (e.g. “it’s a place for people who really shouldn’t go back to nursing homes”)

  15. Minor quibble, bikebubba – in his first press conference announcing the first Stay Home order, Governor Walz said Minnesota had just 235 ICU beds in the entire state.

    He didn’t mention that’s because we have a statutory moratorium on building more.

  16. Quibble gratefully accepted. Scary thing is how cheap it could be to get real ER, obstetrics, and quarantine capability outstate–along with jobs that small communities would love. Much cheaper than putting half a million Minnesotans out of work and killing hundreds in nursing homes.

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