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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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College to begin offering abortion pill on campus



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Barnard College, a partner campus of Columbia University, will be rolling out a plan in May that involves supplying students with abortion pills, the Columbia Spectator reported. The plan to provide the abortion service in the form of mifepristone abortion pills to students was initially announced in the fall of 2022 after the overturning of Roe. V Wade, according to the Spectator. However, the rollout’s delay has been partially attributed to an August 2023 grant the college received, which allowed Barnard to join a large network of primary care providers that will help steer the college through the procedures.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reports Barnard’s Primary Care Health Service will host student focus groups in upcoming weeks to find out student perspectives about the service and to identify new ways to support students considering abortion. “We wanted to make sure that we’re addressing this from every angle that will be supportive of students,” Sarah Ann Anderson-Burnett, director of Medical Services and Quality Improvement of Barnard, told the Spectator. Anderson-Burnett also said it has expanded the availability of its abortion providers to after-hours and year-round.

Barnard has six medical professionals, including two physicians and four nurse practitioners, who are capable of performing the procedure, Mariana Catallozzi, vice president for Health and Wellness and chief health officer of Barnard, told the Spectator. The school also launched a partnership with AccessNurse, a medical call center that will assist with patient concerns related to abortions.

“The training doesn’t end with the clinicians,” Anderson-Burnett told the Spectator. “Clinicians are trained on the actual provision, but there’s also an overall training that will be provided to key partners and stakeholders across the campus because we want every step, every touchpoint, to be supportive and to be trauma-informed and to be patient-valued and centered but also respect confidentiality and privacy.”

The University of Massachusetts Amherst spent more than $650,000 to stock abortion pills in March 2023 at the request of Democratic Maryland Gov. Maura Healey. Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill in May 2023 forcing college in the state to stock abortion pills on campus.

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