This week, both state and federal oversight committees requested vital information from Governor Gretchen Whitmer that led her to turn Michigan nursing homes into COVID-19 hubs, mixing negative patients and positive patients in the facilities.
On Thursday State Rep. Matt Hall and State Sen. Aric Nesbitt, of the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic, sent a joint letter to Gretchen Whitmer requesting additional information on the handling of the virus in extended care facilities. They also reminded the governor of a possible move to subpoena if she did not cooperate.
In similar fashion the U.S. House Oversight Committee on Government Reform, in conjunction with Michigan’s Republican Congressional Delegation, sent a letter requesting Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel investigate Whitmer’s handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes. The letter states the clear guidelines Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) put in place. Despite these guidelines, state authorities and the governor herself failed to keep nursing homes up to standards, and even worse, sent patients who tested positive for the virus to facilities with worse than sufficient standards.
“It’s time for Governor Gretchen Whitmer to be held accountable and answer questions about the decisions she made.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “Too many Michiganders have been effected by these decisions for Gretchen Whitmer to skirt transparency. Governor Whitmer needs to do the right thing, provide this information, and testify before the Michigan Legislature the same way she did before Congress.”