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Cuomo Receives Award For ‘Inspired Leadership’ During Covid-19: Critics Question His Achievements



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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo received the “Edward M. Kennedy Institute Award for Inspired Leadership” during the Covid-19 pandemic. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker will also receive the same award.

“I am honored to receive the 2020 Edward M. Kennedy Institute Award for Inspired Leadership,” tweeted Gov. Cuomo. “I learned about humanity, leadership and putting people first from the great Senator Ted Kennedy.” Guomo congratulated his fellow recipient Gov. Charlie Baker for the award.

Cuomo also received an Emmy Award for the viral press conferences he held in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic.

But not everyone is happy with how the NY Governor has handled the virus in the state. As of December 7th, there have been 7,147 reported Covid-19 deaths in Nursing and Adult Care facilities throughout the state. Many of these critics associate Cuomo’s directive to take in Covid-19 patients back in March with thousands of deaths in nursing homes.

“Leadership is about good and sound judgment. Gov. Cuomo exercised misguided leadership. He’s responsible for this nursing home problem, and the deaths are on his hands,” Michael Caputo, assistant secretary for public affairs at the US Department of Health and Human Services, told The New York Post back in May.

Between March 25 and May 8, approximately 6,326 COVID-positive patients were admitted to nursing homes, according to a state health department report.

Despite all the critics none of these claims have ever been proven.

Click image to read in full Gov. Cuomo advisory on admissions to nursing homes:

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Elizabeth Warren Acknowledges Unintended Consequences of Obamacare



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Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a longtime supporter of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is now acknowledging the unintended consequences of the healthcare legislation, particularly its impact on industry consolidation and rising healthcare prices.

Warren, who has been a vocal proponent of Obamacare, has recently had what the Wall Street Journal reported as an “epiphany” regarding the consequences of the healthcare law. In a letter addressed to the Health and Human Services Department inspector general, Warren, along with Senator Mike Braun of Indiana, expressed concerns about vertically-integrated healthcare companies potentially increasing prescription drug costs and evading federal regulations.

According to reports from Fox News, the bipartisan letter highlighted issues with the nation’s largest health insurers allegedly bypassing Obamacare’s medical loss ratio (MLR). According to Warren, these insurers, through vertical integration, have manipulated the system, leading to “sky-high prescription drug costs and excessive corporate profits.”

The senators detailed how conglomerates, like UnitedHealth Group, with ownership across various healthcare sectors, could inflate medical payments to pharmacies and, by realizing those payments on the pharmacy side, appear to comply with MLR requirements while retaining more profits.

Moreover, despite the Democrats’ argument that the MLR would benefit patients, it has incentivized insurers to merge with or acquire pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), retail and specialty pharmacies, and healthcare providers. This, in turn, has made healthcare spending less transparent, as insurers can allegedly shift profits to their affiliates by increasing reimbursements.

Warren, who has consistently voted against Obamacare repeal efforts, notably advocated for a “Medicare for All” proposal during her 2020 presidential campaign. Despite her prior support for the healthcare law, Warren’s recent concerns about its unintended consequences have raised questions about the long-term effects of Obamacare and its impact on the healthcare industry.

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