Joe Biden’s pick for assistant Human Health Services (HHS) secretary was responsible for the deadly COVID nursing home policy in Pennsylvania.
Last March, Dr. Rachel Levine, the transgender health secretary of Pennsylvania, directed long-term care facilities to admit new patients who were discharged from hospitals who may have had COVID-19. This was ordered to “to alleviate the increasing burden in the acute care settings.”
As COVID outbreaks ravaged the elderly population in the state, Levine’s own 95-year-old mother had the luxury of being removed from her nursing home and into a “premium hotel.”
“My mother requested and my sister and I as her children comply to move her to another location,” Levine said in a press conference in May. “During the COVID-19 outbreak. My mother is 95 years old. She is very intelligent and more than competent to make her own decisions.”
According to data from the New York Times updated earlier this month, Pennsylvania now ranks second for COVID deaths (9,365) from long-term care facilities in the country, placing the state only behind California, which had 10,134 fatalities. Overall, deaths in Pennsylvania’s long-term care facilities make up 52 percent of all COVID deaths in the state.
Republicans in the state, including State Sen. Doug Mastriano, had called for Levine’s resignation.
“These failings are compounded by being complicit in the virus spreading through our elder care homes, triggered by unscientific and illogical directives, forcing them to readmit COVID-19 patients,” he said. “Let me state this clearly, this order by Secretary Levine is responsible for the deaths of approximately 2,500 of our citizens and displays the gross incompetence of someone unfit for office. The bottom line is Secretary Levine has failed to protect our most vulnerable population.”
In June, Levine defended the nursing home policies put in place and said, “They contracted the virus in the facility. So it doesn’t mean they were bringing it to the facility. The virus was already there.”
Biden released a statement on his nomination of Levine today:
“Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic — no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability — and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond. She is a historic and deeply qualified choice to help lead our administration’s health efforts.”
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf congratulated Levine today, writing on Twitter, “Dr. Levine has been a wise, calm, and dedicated partner during this pandemic and I couldn’t be prouder of the tireless work she’s done to serve Pennsylvanians. She will be missed, but I know she will be a tremendous leader at @HHSGov.”
Dr. Levine has been a wise, calm, and dedicated partner during this pandemic and I couldn’t be prouder of the tireless work she’s done to serve Pennsylvanians.
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 19, 2021
As DC is Militarized Ahead of Inauguration, AP Reports “No Plot Against Biden was Found”
This comes after U.S. defense officials claimed they were concerned about an “insider attack”
As the complete militarization of our nation’s capital is underway, a new report from the Associated Press which cites a U.S. Army official and a senior U.S. intelligence official claims no plot against Vice President Joe Biden has been uncovered.
This comes after U.S. defense officials claimed they were concerned about an “insider attack” at Biden’s inauguration, prompting the FBI to investigate all of the National Guard troops in the city.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott condemned the vetting process for National Guard members deployed to D.C., calling it “the most offensive thing I’ve ever heard.”
“No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas National Guard.
@TexasGuard. I authorized more than 1,000 to go to DC. I’ll never do it again if they are disrespected like this,” he wrote on Twitter.
This is the most offensive thing I've ever heard.
No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas National Guard. @TexasGuard
I authorized more than 1,000 to go to DC.
I'll never do it again if they are disrespected like this.https://t.co/STZDMz7PGm
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 19, 2021
The AP reports that there were two guardsmen removed from an inauguration security operation in the city for having ties to “fringe right group militias.”
“The Army official and the intelligence official spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity due to Defense Department media regulations. They did not say what fringe group the Guard members belonged to or what unit they served in,” writes the publication.
For the full report, click HERE.
Double-Digit Spike in Americans Who Say Country Headed in Wrong Direction
65 percent of Americans believe the country is headed the wrong way
Since December, there has been a double-digit increase in the percentage of Americans who think the country is now headed in the wrong direction.
The poll comes after the January 6th Joint Session of Congress when many on the right were holding out hope that Vice President Mike Pence would object to electors from fraud-ridden states, opening up the possibility for President Trump to remain in office.
The USA Today/ Suffolk University poll released over the weekend found that 65 percent of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction—up 16 percent since a Dec. 28th poll which found only 49 percent of respondents felt the same way.
The Daily Caller reports:
The number of Americans who said the country is headed in the right direction also fell by double-digit margins. Just 22% of respondents in January said the country is on the right track, compared to 34% who said the same in December.
Republicans were considerably more likely than Democrats to say the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to survey results. While 84% of Republican respondents said the country was on the wrong track, 52% of Democratic respondents said the same.
As conservatives continue to be silenced and canceled by Democrats and social media for expressing concerns about the integrity of the presidential election and Washington, D.C. is turned into a war zone with no explanation from our leaders, it’s no wonder so many Americans have a bleak outlook on the future.
For the full report, click HERE.