To the editor:
It is ironic if not hypocritical that Representative Elise Stefanik and other conservative politicos are outraged by the nursing home scandal in Valatie. As “children and grandchildren of Reaganomics,” they, along with the rest of us are now experiencing the fruits of privatized, for profit healthcare, relaxation of government oversight and draconian cuts to Medicare and Medicaid initiated in the 1980s.
The same people, who call for “less government interference,” reducing so-called entitlements and advocating tax cuts for large corporations and the ultra wealthy, are now trying to find a scapegoat for the current health calamity. But the sad reality is you get what you pay for. Lack of adequate governmental oversight and insufficient funding for Medicare and Medicaid are factors in the current crisis. For more than 40 years, America’s for profit healthcare “industry” has put investor interests before patients. And as for healthcare workers, they are seen in the same vein as bed pans; just another expendable asset. At the same time Tea Party types like Representative Stefanik call for tax cuts and deregulation.
Stefanik and friends are engaged in nothing more than political posturing, attempting to deflect criticism from their incompetent leader, Donald Trump. For the most part New York and many other states have had to go it alone during the pandemic. Any effective, coordinated effort by Federal agencies to assist state governments has been continually sabotaged by Trump. Any investigation of wrong doing by the Representative Stefanik should start at the top, the White House.