Governor Andrew Cuomo had an opportunity to buy 16,000 ventilators for New York State in 2015 but refused because he did not want to spend the money. Now he is attacking President Trump and the federal Government claiming that New York is not getting the help it needs.
NY Post reported
President Trump on Tuesday assailed Gov. Andrew Cuomo for reportedly declining to buy 16,000 ventilators in 2015 to deal with a potential future pandemic.
“He had 16,000 ventilators that he could have bought and he didn’t buy them. He should’ve ordered the ventilators,” Trump said during a Fox News town hall. “They can’t blame us for that. Gov. Cuomo is supposed to be buying his own ventilators.”
Trump tried to pass a news clipping detailing the assertion along to co-host Bill Hemmer, who declined to accept it, citing social distancing.
The president apparently was referring to a Gateway Pundit pickup of an op-ed that appeared in The Post Friday by former Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey, who said that in 2015, Cuomo and other state officials learned that in a potential pandemic, New York would need 18,000 ventilators but only had 2,000 on hand.
Then-state health commissioner Howard Zucker assembled a task force for rationing the ventilators they already had that recommended that the state not purchase the 16,000 ventilators because there weren’t enough doctors and medical personnel to operate them.
Instead, the task force devised a classification system to prioritize which patients would be treated on a ventilator.
“Patients assigned a red code will have highest access, and other patients will be assigned green, yellow or blue (the worst), depending on a ‘triage officer’s’ decision. In truth, a death officer. Let’s not sugar-coat it. It won’t be up to your own doctor,” McCaughey wrote.
The president referred to them as “death panels” during the town hall.
Cuomo earlier Tuesday ripped the federal government for not providing badly needed ventilators to help the state deal with the worsening pandemic.