Cuomo vs. Trump – NY Ventilator Shortage

March 24, 2020 — THE HILL covered Governor Cuomo’s ventilator shortage in New York during the COVID19 crisis and Trump’s responses to it. They made Cuomo look far better than he deserves to. The publication reported the following:


“We’re going to help (Cuomo and New York), but if you think about Governor Cuomo, we’re building him four hospitals, we’re building him four medical centers. We’re working very, very hard for the people of New York.”

He added that Cuomo had the chance to buy 16,000 ventilators in 2015 but didn’t do so.

It is not clear what Trump was talking about, but an opinion piece in the New York Post last week made a similar claim. Trump frequently repeats ideas and arguments he has read in conservative media.

“He obviously didn’t read the document he’s citing,” Dani Lever, a spokeswoman for Cuomo, said in a statement to The Hill. “This was a 5 year old advisory task force report, which never recommended the State procure ventilators — it merely referenced that New York wouldn’t be equipped with enough ventilators for a 1918 flu pandemic. No one is, including Mr. Trump.”

The White House did not respond to a request for clarification. (emphasis added)


I often like THE HILL’s perspective on news, but they miss the mark here.

First they ignore that public health experts have been saying for years that this country was overdue for a pandemic outbreak of some sort. For Cuomo’s spokesperson to say in 2015 there was a “mere reference” to not being equipped for such a pandemic indicates Cuomo didn’t take such threats seriously. However back on October 18, 2019 – in New York City – the World Economic Forum, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Johns Hopkins University held a table-top war game for the scenario of a coronavirus pandemic flying across the entire globe.

So let’s forget about 2015 for a minute: did Governor Cuomo not know about the table-top war game that happened right in NYC? Was he not briefed on it? Did he not think he needed to reconsider his public health policy in regards to pandemics at that point?

Why is no one asking him questions like this?

THE HILL also ignores that New York had the money to invest in more ventilators in 2015, but chose not to. They ignore that no action was taken to better prepare New York and make public health a priority. They ignore that Cuomo’s plan was the ridiculous notion of “rationing” ventilators in case their was a pandemic.

After going through pandemic planning in 2015, the proper response of a governor is not to create a “rationing plan” for the meager amount of ventilators the state has, especially when the governor had the money to better the situation. As former lieutenant governor Betsy McCaughey correctly called it, Cuomo’s rationing plan effectively named a Death Officer. Some people would get ventilators, some would not; and some would die directly due to this “plan.” Once again Cuomo would get in between the doctor/patient relationship, as he is currently doing with vaccination. This is an irresponsible “plan” for the Empire State and the Capitol of the World (New York City).

Does anyone have any idea how unbelievably lucky we are as a nation right now to be debating exactly how many ventilators get sent to New York from the federal government? Here is all the amazing luck we needed to have the luxury of such a debate:

  • The outbreak started on the opposite side of the world
  • The outbreak spread to Italy and gave us a “preview” of what we might face
  • The outbreak is rising in American locations at different times, not all at once
  • The federal government has not already given it’s 20,000 ventilators to other states

For THE HILL to ignore this critical perspective of the public health crisis New York is facing is an intentional decision to undercut Trump and prop-up Cuomo. I am no Trump supporter, and I will gladly slam him when he deserves to be slammed. In this instance, Cuomo is lucky as hell that the federal government will likely bail New York out of our ventilator crisis.

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***Update 3-28-2020 – looks like Cuomo got ventilators from the federal government