Barack Obama made a terrible mistake that America’s paying for now.
He thought he could play it cheap with the healthcare system.
Barack Obama drained one vital resource America’s desperately short on.
Democrats like to blame Trump for the mistakes they make.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio didn’t think that the coronavirus was going to be too bad in America.
He resisted actions to stop transmission in New York City like closing the schools until aides threatened to quit.
Even after the schools were closed, de Blasio was caught going to the gym.
Half the coronavirus cases in America are in New York State and the majority of the cases in the state are in New York City.
Given the Mayor’s other actions, it comes as no surprise that de Blasio didn’t order adequate medical resources to deal with the problem.
“Mayor Bill de Blasio has blamed President Trump for the city’s severe shortage of COVID-19 supplies even though City Hall didn’t secure its first order for emergency protective gear until March 6,” the New York Post reported. “Officials with the city’s Office of Emergency Management tried to purchase nearly 200,000 n95 masks on Feb. 7, but weeks later they learned the vendors had already run out.”
Now Bill de Blasio is blaming Trump for not being able to supply him out of the federal stockpile but there are a limited number of masks available there.
Obama depleted the federal stockpile of masks during the swine flu outbreak and never replenished it again.
According to the Washington Examiner:
In 2009, the H1N1 outbreak hit the United States, leading to 274,304 hospitalizations, 12,469 deaths, and a depletion of N95 respirator masks.
A federally backed task force and a safety equipment organization both recommended to the Obama administration that the stockpile be replenished with the 100 million masks used after the H1N1 outbreak.
Charles Johnson, president of the International Safety Equipment Association, said that advice was never heeded.
“Our association is unaware of any major effort to restore the stockpile to cover that drawdown,” he said.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar reported last month that only 12 million N95 masks were available in the stockpile, “a tiny fraction of the 3.5 billion masks one of Azar’s deputies later testified the nation’s healthcare system would need,” the Los Angeles Times noted.
And the worst part is that the masks weren’t even needed for the swine flu outbreak.
The WHO greatly overreacted to the swine flu which turned out not to be more deadly than a regular flu.
Because Obama used up masks when there wasn’t a huge crisis, there’s going to be a huge amount of trouble making sure that doctors and nurses are protected.
It is a bad time for America to be low on protective gear.
If Obama had refilled the national stockpile of masks the way that he should have, Trump would have more masks to give Bill de Blasio to save New York City from his incredible stupidity.