Economy

“It’s a joke”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Trump regime made a big show of sending two of the Navy's hospital ships, the U.S.N.S. Comfort and U.S.N.S. Mercy, to ports in New York and Los Angeles respectively, but it would apparently be a mistake to think these ships were doing much to help.

The ships are suppose to take patients with other conditions so area hospitals can focus on responding to patients infected by the coronavirus, but there's so many restriction and a list of conditions the ships won't treat there's hardly anyone on them at all.

The ship’s 1,000 beds are largely unused, its 1,200-member crew mostly idle.

Only 20 patients had been transferred to the ship, officials said, even as New York hospitals struggled to find space for the thousands infected with the coronavirus. Another Navy hospital ship, the U.S.N.S. Mercy, docked in Los Angeles, has had a total of 15 patients, officials said.

If I’m blunt about it, it’s a joke,” said Michael Dowling, the head of Northwell Health, New York’s largest hospital system. “Everyone can say, ‘Thank you for putting up these wonderful places and opening up these cavernous halls.’ But we’re in a crisis here, we’re in a battlefield.” [...]

“It’s pretty ridiculous,” he said. “If you’re not going to help us with the people we need help with, what’s the purpose?”

If we're being "blunt," the purpose is to look like Trump is doing something.

It's not clear exactly what specific conditions the hospital ships won't treat, but there is a list of nearly 50 conditions they aren't accepting according to the New York Times. That's nearly 50 in addition to not accepting virus patients.

A Pentagon spokesperson said today that some restrictions will be lifted so more patients can be transported to the ships but, during his daily press briefing, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he has no knowledge of them lifting restrictions.

The Trump regime is poorly coordinating and in some cases -- like in the case of procuring medical equipment -- outright refusing to coordinate. And I don't think anyone is under any illusion at all that things wouldn't be different if New York were a red state with a Republican governor.

American conservatives have 'owned the libs' directly into a worse disaster that will come for them, too.

  • Christopher Foxx

    “American conservatives have ‘owned the libs’ directly into a worse disaster that will come for them, too.”

    That sentence applies to 99% of what “conservatives” have done for the last 25+ years.

  • muselet

    I understand the Navy’s caution—a hospital ship is a cramped environment, so a communicable disease would spread like wildfire—but hospitals have run out of space and hospital staff are dangerously overworked. Surely there’s a way to reduce the bottleneck without compromising safety (I have no doubt civilian health authorities and the Navy can and will hash out a solution).

    At the same time, this positively reeks of Donald Trump seeking revenge on New York for not groveling enough.

    And Trump’s unofficial business model has always been to overpromise and underdeliver.

    –alopecia

    • Tony Lavely

      “And Trump’s unofficial business model has always been to overpromise and underNever deliver.”
      FIFY

  • Aynwrong

    “And I don’t think anyone is under any illusion at all that things wouldn’t be different if New York were a red state with a Republican governor.”

    It isn’t just Trump.

    When hurricane Sandy slammed New Jersey and the state needed federal emergency funding congressional Republicans once again suddenly discovered the value in their alleged fiscal conservatism, including the late Senator Tom Coburn who was nicknamed “Dr No” within Congress due to how often he voted downed federal spending bills. Yet later on when it was his home state of Oklahoma slammed by tornado damage he was Jonny On The Spot with publicly calling for federal disaster relief. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul pulled the same shit when it was the state of Texas in need of assistance but got their fiscal hand wringing on for Puerto Rico.

    They’re not patriots. They’re Republicans. The two should never be confused.