The Trump Adminstration is now being investigated over their handling of the Chinese Coronavirus.
The Health and Human Services Department’s watchdog will investigate the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.
A spokesperson for the HHS inspector general told the Washington Examiner that investigators will carry out at least five reviews “related to HHS’s planning and response of the COVID-19 outbreak.” The inquiries will scrutinize issues such as nationwide hospital responses, quarantine procedures, the training and protective gear provided to front-line health workers, nursing home standards amid a disease with an exponentially more deadly effect on the elderly and the already ill, and the ability to care for illegal border crossers and refugees during a public health crisis.
The HHS watchdog will also draw up recommendations for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
The investigative effort will be spearheaded by Christi Grimm, the principal deputy inspector general who leads HHS’s watchdog office. The office compromises 1,600 auditors, investigators, lawyers overseeing dozens of programs run by agencies, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Administration for Children and Families, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health — all of which have played a role in the government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak that has rattled the U.S. health system.
Of course, the intresting thing is that Democrats are the ones who pushed this.
An HHS whistleblower claimed last month that more than a dozen healthcare workers who evaluated the first Americans arriving back in the U.S. from Wuhan, China, where the virus originated, did not have the appropriate training or personal protective equipment to treat possible COVID-19 patients safely. The Democrat-led House Ways and Means Committee sent letters to HHS and the HHS watchdog seeking an investigation.
Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, a state hit hard early by the coronavirus including deadly nursing home outbreaks, sent a letter to the HHS inspector general last week asking for an immediate investigation “into all parts of the processes undertaken by the Department of Health and Human Services to develop, deploy, and analyze diagnostic tests.”
Murray said, “We must understand where HHS has erred in this process and implement lessons learned as soon as possible to mitigate the spread of this infectious disease and future diseases moving forward.”
The HHS inspector general’s office said its five inquiries would include: a 400-hospital study about the COVID-19 fight to help “provide HHS operating and staff divisions with timely feedback on how they can support hospitals in responding to COVID-19”; a look at whether long-term care facilities that received Medicare or Medicaid funds “complied with new federal requirements for life safety and emergency and infectious disease control preparedness”; an evaluation of how HHS staff “were deployed, trained, and protected when assigned tasks that could entail potential exposure to COVID-19”; an investigation into the “emergency preparedness and response plans and procedures” at unaccompanied immigrant children facilities; and a review of the HHS watchdog’s preparedness plans “to inform and assist HHS in its ongoing response efforts.”
We will see what this turns into. It seems that Democrats are attempting to lay the groundwork for attacking President Trump over this. I’m sure that they will come out with a giant report in which they will find a few lines that they can use to attack the President.
I’m not against investigations but I am against political witch-hunts that divide our country while we are at our weakest.
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