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Pennsylvania’s state health director Rachel Levine is ticketed to be the assistant secretary of Health and Human Services for Policy. A Senate floor vote on her confirmation is expected next week. We generally believe that presidents deserve the advisers they choose, but Levine is about the last person in America you would want devising the nation’s health policies.
On March 18, 2020, Levine issued a Cuomo-order that said:
“Nursing care facilities must continue to accept new admissions and receive readmissions for current residents who have been discharged from the hospital who are stable to alleviate the increasing burden in the acute care settings. This may include stable patients who have had the COVID-19 virus.”
While Levine defended this policy, “ABC27 learned the health secretary’s mother recently vacated a personal care home in the Midstate.”
In Philadelphia, one nursing home medical caretaker, Dr. Anish Koka, described Levine’s policies:
Two weeks into the lockdown, Philadelphia hospitals had been emptied waiting for a New York-style surge that never came. … But nursing home patients were treated like patients from the community who were too well to be admitted to the hospital – they were sent home. The consequences of keeping these patients at the nursing home meant the health system had to eventually deal with the entire nursing home being infected. …
We asked the DOH to allow us to test everyone at the nursing home in order to effectively cluster everyone with COVID in one unit. They refused because the guidelines didn’t recommend this for those that were asymptomatic.
Pennsylvania’s presently reported 12,779 deaths among long-term care residents is the third highest in the country, behind only much larger New York and California. And like New York, the state is still underreporting. The media is now reporting that over 100 long-term care facilities in Pennsylvania are still underreported in the state totals. Does this cover-up sound familiar?
Only in government could someone as incompetent as Rachel Levine continue to hold a job, let alone get promoted.
UPDATE: We’ve been told Sen. Rand Paul placed a hold on the Levine nomination. We hope that prevents floor action until Pennsylvania taxpayers and the American people receive the answers they deserve.
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