Trump Debuts New Conspiracy Theory in WI; Doctors & Nurses Inflating Death Toll For Financial Gain
In Wisconsin, Donald Trump tried out a new conspiracy theory to explain why his administration has failed to contain the coronavirus pandemic. The President told his supporters at Waukesha County Airport that healthcare workers are inflating COVID-19 death statistics because “doctors get more money and hospitals get more money.”
That is a sickening, reprehensible lie, even for Donald Trump. Actually, many experts argue that the death toll from the pandemic has been underreported, especially early on before the availability of COVID-19 diagnostic tests. Moreover, doctors and nurses are not going to risk criminal fraud charges in order to make their hospital a few more dollars. The medical community was quick to respond to the President's accusation.
Newsweek: The American College of Emergency Physicians [ACEP] said in a statement on their website it was "appalled by President Trump's reckless and false assertions that physicians are overcounting deaths related to COVID-19," stating that health care workers "have risked their lives day in and day out for almost a year battling the greatest public health crisis in a generation—all while watching countless patients die alone, going to work without sufficient protection equipment, and struggling with crushing anxiety about getting sick or spreading the virus to their loved ones." ...
... "Dr. Robert Davidson, an emergency medicine physician in Michigan and executive director of the Committee to Protect Medicare coalition of doctors and health care workers, tweeted: "As a doctor, this is such an insult. We report deaths how they occur. If you [Trump] did your damn job we wouldn't be reporting so many #COVID19 deaths."
With just a week before the election, and the virus surging again in many parts of the country, the President is desperate to explain why America has suffered more Covid cases and fatalities than any other nation. He needs to deflect responsibility for his mishandling of the pandemic.
By: Don Lam & Curated Content