FL Nursing Home Horror: Republican Health Care in Full Flower
From the New York Times:
IndieDems Comment: The horror of 11 senior citizens dying in a sweltering Florida nursing home ranks as a prime example of the health care brought to you by good ol’ Republican vulture capitalism. But not only do Republicans not feel the slightest shame for producing this atrocity. They have a health care bill pending in the United States Senate that will apply the same standards to Americans’ health care as a whole.
Here are excerpts from the above article that show the direct link between those dead seniors and the arrogant, blind, and cruel Republican belief that capitalism will solve our health care problems:
- “Interviews with nursing home representatives, hospital personnel, residents’ families and government officials, as well as a review of emergency response records, show a preventable descent into the suffocating chaos of that early morning.”
- “Very few nursing homes had generators powerful enough to keep the air-conditioning running. In 2006, Florida lawmakers considered requiring nursing homes to maintain generators to ensure comfortable temperatures during disasters. But the industry raised concerns about the cost…and the bill died.” (Emphasis added)
- “Among the nursing homes of South Florida, Hollywood Hills was not highly regarded. The 152-bed residence had a “below average” rating from Medicare, with two out of five stars. Its most recent health inspection, from March, described residents who were not bathed or groomed properly, food that went uncovered in a soiled kitchen, and flaws in the in-room patient call system.”
- “Its owners, who acquired Hollywood Hills in 2015, were among defendants who paid $15.4 million in 2006 to settle federal and state civil claims that they had paid kickbacks to doctors in exchange for patient admissions.”