Theis: Whitmer picks politics over protection for vulnerable seniors with nursing home COVID-19 policies

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Lana Theis, R-Brighton, issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Michigan Nursing Homes COVID-19 Preparedness Task Force released recommendations on Tuesday that echoed Senate legislation the governor vetoed weeks ago:

“The deadly spread of COVID-19 in our state’s nursing homes demands the Whitmer administration fix its failed policies. Over a third of all COVID-19 deaths in Michigan have occurred among nursing home patients. Sadly, that percentage is likely much higher because the administration has neither counted nor released all the data from similar elder care facilities.

“That the governor’s own task force made recommendations mirroring Senate legislation she vetoed weeks ago makes clear she has chosen politics over practical solutions and even the lives of our state’s most vulnerable residents. The governor’s rejection of bipartisan legislation, which would have already implemented some of this task force’s recommendations, has done nothing to protect our seniors in Michigan’s elder care facilities.

“The governor shouldn’t waste another minute — for the sake of the lives of our state’s most vulnerable residents the time for corrective action is now.”