Coronavirus

White House Blames Hospitals For Failed Virus Response

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

You may have read that the Trump regime is proposing that we deploy the National Guard to collect data from hospitals and report it back to state authorities and the federal government, but why would they do that?

They appear to be blaming hospitals for our surging outbreak of the virus as, in the words of one Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) official, hospitals are too slow.

Thousands of hospitals “do not report sufficient data at the frequency required to work COVID preventative measures,” one administration official reportedly wrote internally last week, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. The email’s author, Coast Guard Vice Adm. Daniel B. Abel, is part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 response.

A Friday draft of a letter from the administration to governors, obtained by the Post, asked them to use the National Guard to collect this information.

I'm not qualified to say that inadequate reporting by hospitals has not contributed to the outbreak, but I can look at the regime talking about "preventative measures" and quietly laugh inside my head.

What preventative measures? The federal government hasn't done anything. Trump wore a mask for a photo-op over the weekend, but the regime still hasn't asserted any level of control or leadership. We have no national response. States that are currently experiencing large outbreaks had no "preventative measures" in place. That's why it's happening in the first place.

The idea that we need the deploy the National Guard because hospitals can't do their jobs is, at least in my eyes, another attempt to scapegoat someone else for the Trump regime's failures.

“Given our track record of being cooperative to evolving data requests, it’s perplexing that the possibility of using the National Guard has been suggested,” American Hospital Association President Rick Pollack told the Post. “It makes no sense. Certainly the expertise of the National Guard can be used in a more productive way.”

  • b2blog

    First good idea I’ve heard from the feds. NG makes sure data collected is consistent, removes burden from the hospitals. The military loves paperwork. As long as they don’t get in the way.

  • muselet

    Hospitals just aren’t hustling enough for Vice Admiral Daniel Abel’s taste. Which might possibly be a matter of concern if the federal government were actually mounting any perceptible preventive measures with regard to Covid-19.

    Using the National Guard made sense at the very beginning of the pandemic, when hospitals—especially in New York City—were overwhelmed, since they could take some of the load off hospital staff. What does the administration expect the National Guard to do now, to expedite the reporting of data? Work as data-entry clerks?

    Also, does anyone else think this administration has a creepy obsession with the military? Not every problem can be solved by deploying armed people in camouflage uniforms.

    And Rick Pollack is a very polite man. If it had been me, every third word of that statement would have been an obscenity.

    –alopecia

    • Draxiar

      It’s another lazy attempt at optics in my opinion.

      “Oh look he’s deployed the National Guard! He’s a tough hombre getting things done!”

      MInd you, they wouldn’t likely know what’s getting done but optics don’t need results other than looking like something.

  • moldilox

    centralizing data on the plague would allow any number of schemes to use the numbers politically, the data is sketchy enough as it stands (see FL numbers) …