Saturday, February 20, 2021
Why the New York COVID-19 Nursing Home Scandal Matters
Last week I posted on coronavirus mortality in nursing homes in Pennsylvania. By coincidence, just to the north of PA is the state of New York where it's Governor, Andrew Cuomo, has come under fire for underreporting the number of deaths in nursing homes there. In the above clip, NY Assemblyman Ron Kim claims that Cuomo called him to threaten him not to go public with the underreporting. The state assembly will vote to curtail Cuomo's emergency powers.
When I report on the Pennsylvania numbers, I and those that use the numbers trust that their reporting is accurate. There is already a certain level of distrust of the federal, state, and local government's honesty. Scandals like these only reinforce this mistrust. It makes it harder to track and sound the alarm about the spreading of cases.
Impeachment or some other accountability by the voters is warranted. Cuomo will not be up for reelection for a fourth term until 2022. His father Mario (once a potential Presidential candidate) was defeated for a fourth term by George Pataki in 1994.