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Cuomo blames Trump ‘political football’ for his nursing home strategy that killed over 12,000

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When asked Friday for his message to families who lost loved ones in nursing homes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) punted the blame, declaring Trump turned the tragedy into a “political football.”

The report release by the New York Attorney General, accuses the Cuomo administration of underreporting nursing home deaths by as much as 50%.

Cuomo spoke to reporters yesterday in the wake of the damaging report released Thursday by Attorney General Letitia James. The findings accuse the Cuomo administration of underreporting nursing home deaths by as much as 50%, as reported by the Post Millennial.

“Where this starts is, frankly, a political attack from prior federal administration,” Cuomo said. “What I would say is everyone did the best they could.”

Cuomo was asked to give a message “as a father, as a son” to families who lost loved ones in nursing homes. Apparently, this looked like the perfect opportunity to blame former President Trump instead of giving a caring and heartfelt message.

“When I say the the State Department of Health, as the report said, the State Department of Health followed federal guidance, so if you think there was a mistake then go talk to the federal government,” he said.

The report found that “published nursing home data reflected and may have been undercounted by as much as 50 percent,” Attorney General Letitia James’ found in this investigation, as reported by NBC News.

Cuomo repeatedly reminded the audience and viewers that people died and it was the federal government’s fault.

“It’s not about pointing fingers or blame, it’s that this became a political football, right,” he asked. “Look, whether a person died in a hospital or died in a nursing home, it’s people dying. People dying.”

Cuomo reminded reporters that most of the coronavirus deaths are people with preexisting conditions, something the governor seemed to have forgotten when shutting down and killing the state’s restaurant industry.

“People died. By the way, the same people are dying today. 96 percent of the people who die are older people with comorbidities, which happens to be the population that lives in nursing homes. It’s continuing today,” the governor said.

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TN Republican introduces legislation to fight opioid shipments into U.S.

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Tennessee Republican Representative Diana Harshbarger is attempting to fight the opioid crisis and epidemic through new legislation. Introduced Friday, Harshbarger told the Daily Caller:

The Daily Caller first obtained a copy of the legislation, which addresses what Harshbarger calls a “loophole.” The legislation amends the Controlled Substances Act to specifically require registrants to investigate reports of suspicious orders of controlled substances and halt them if necessary. Under the version of the act currently in force, drug manufacturers and distributors are only required to report suspicious orders of opioids and other controlled substances to the DEA.

“Breaking the opioid epidemic’s stranglehold on our nation is one of my foremost priorities. In an effort to do so, my colleagues and I have identified a loophole that allows distributors to continue order fulfillment, even under suspicious circumstances.”

“My bill closes that loophole with the requirements and guardrails needed to ensure these addictive and potentially dangerous drugs do not fall into the wrong hands while the DEA investigates. The future of our nation depends on us solving the addiction crisis, and this is a step towards that outcome” Harshbarger continued.

The Daily Caller reports:

According to a congressional report released in September, the opioid crisis cost the U.S. $1.5 trillion during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CDC says 93,331 people died from overdoses in the U.S. in 2020, the highest in 50 years. Opioid-related deaths made up nearly three-quarters of the total.

Pharmaceutical companies have been blamed for contributing to the opioid epidemic. The Department of Justice is currently suing the pharmaceutical company AmerisourceBergen over allegations the company failed to report suspicious orders of opioids to federal law enforcement.

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