Until now, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has largely escaped media criticism over the thousands of deaths in New York, linked to the policy that required nursing homes to accept patients infected with Coronavirus.

That may be about to change.

There is reportedly a link between a campaign donation to Cuomo, and the immunity granted to nursing homes against lawsuits.

Adam Shaw reports at FOX News:

Cuomo granted immunity to nursing home executives, after big-money campaign donation: report

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who signed legislation granting hospital and nursing home executives immunity from lawsuits related to the novel coronavirus last month, previously received a big-money boost from a powerful health care industry group, according to a new report.

An article published on the socialist website Jacobin, and re-published by The Guardian, reports that the New York State Democratic Committee, then backing Cuomo’s primary run in 2018, received more than $1 million from the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) — a lobbying group for hospital systems, some of which own nursing homes.

The donation made the group one of the state party’s largest contributors in that cycle. Three of the hospital association’s top officials separately gave more than $150,000 to Cuomo’s campaign between 2015 and 2018, the outlet reported.

That donation is now drawing scrutiny after Cuomo signed legislation last month that protects executives from lawsuits — just as he is under continued criticism for his March 25 order (since deleted) requiring nursing homes to take in COVID-19 patients.

And it gets worse, according to Gregg Re of FOX News:

New York health website deletes Cuomo’s order linked to nursing home fatalities

New York officials have scrubbed Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s March 25 order requiring nursing homes to take in COVID-19 patients from the state health department website — even as Cuomo’s office insists that the order, which has been linked to thousands of nursing home deaths, remains in effect.

The web page that once contained the order now directs to a page indicating that the file is “not found.” The archive indicates that the deletion occurred sometime after May 5, around the time that criticism over New York’s nursing home fatalities intensified.

As all of this is unfolding, Cuomo is now blaming the nursing homes for taking infected patients:

Watch:

Maybe if the media can stop obsessing over whether or not Trump is wearing a mask for five minutes, they could look into this.

 

 
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