NY Gov. Cuomo Said No To Buying Thousands Of Ventilators In 2015 For Pandemic; Here’s What He Did Instead

(Tea Party 247) – The massive spread of the coronavirus has turned the entire world upside down and has left destruction wherever it has landed. Not just with a person’s physical health, but with the health of the economy as well, putting tons of people out of work due to illness, quarantine, and self-isolation measures meant to flatten the curve of infection and prevent overload at the hospital.

Liberals have been using this particular outbreak as a political weapon against President Trump, ripping him apart for his response to the pandemic, stating he’s not been adequately prepared. However, it seems the real individual who ought to be getting raked over the coals is New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Here’s why.

Via Gateway Pundit:

Life comes at you fast, as the saying goes, or as the case may be in this era of a viral pandemic, death comes at you fast. Sadly it is the latter for the citizens of New York who will pay the price for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) 2015 decision to not fix a shortfall and buy the recommended 16,000 ventilators to shore up the state’s stockpile in case of a pandemic. Cuomo spent more money than the cost of the ventilators on a solar panel boondoggle, reports former New York Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey (R) in a syndicated column published this past week. McCaughey reports the Cuomo administration decided instead to establish “triage officers” to decide in a crisis who would get a ventilator and who would be left to die.

It has also been reported a ventilator lottery would be an option in a pandemic crisis. Now with the COVID-19 Chinese coronavirus overwhelming New York hospitals, Cuomo is begging for ventilators.

So Cuomo had an opportunity to ensure the state of New York had supplies that would have helped prevent the spread of a disease like the coronavirus and didn’t take it. Where is all of the criticism of this poorly made decision? Why aren’t leftist news media folk tearing him a new one over this?

Is this once again a case of being on the “correct side” of a political ideology earning someone a free pass? More than likely.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo gestures toward a hospital ventilator during an interview with CNN New Day co-host Alisyn Camerota, March 19, screen image.

…After learning that the state’s stockpile of medical equipment had 16,000 fewer ventilators than New Yorkers would need in a severe pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to a fork in the road in 2015. He could have chosen to buy more ventilators. Instead, he asked his health commissioner, Howard Zucker to assemble a task force and draft rules for rationing the ventilators they already had.

That task force came up with rules that will be imposed when ventilators run short. Patients assigned a red code will have the highest access, and other patients will be assigned green, yellow or blue (the worst) depending on a “triage officer’s” decision. In truth, a death officer. Let’s not sugarcoat it. It won’t be up to your own doctor.

Cuomo could have purchased the additional 16,000 needed ventilators for $36,000 apiece or a total of $576 million in 2015. It’s a lot of money but less than the $750 million he threw away on a boondoggle “Buffalo Billion” solar panel factory. When it comes to state budget priorities, spending half a percent of the budget on ventilators is a no brainer.

Now the pandemic is actually here. Cuomo’s grim reaper rules will be applied. New York City’s deputy commissioner for disease control Demetre Daskalakis is anticipating “some very serious difficult decisions.” So far, in New York City, 1 out of every 4 people with a confirmed case has been hospitalized, and 44% of them have needed a ventilator.

The task force claimed there was no point in buying ventilators because there’s also a shortage of doctors and nurses trained to use them. Five years ago, that problem could have been fixed, too. Even now, the National Disaster Medical System can send staff to hot spots like New York…

Just before the virus started tearing up New York, the NY Times reported on Februrary 27 about a shortage of ventilators and the rationing plan that included a lottery.

This is what Cuomo’s bad decision resulted in, ladies and gentlemen:

Across New York, there were 7,241 ventilators in acute care settings, and another 1,750 stockpiled for use in an emergency, according to a 2015 state report. The report noted that the supply of ventilators would be inadequate for a pandemic on the scale of the 1918 flu outbreak.

The task force that issued the report devised a formula, relying partially on medical criteria, to help hospitals decide who would get ventilators and who would not. It also envisioned a lottery system in some instances. And age could play a role, with children being given preference over adults.

As if that’s not enough to enrage you, check out his comments concerning how many ventilators the state will need to combat the spread of the virus via an appearance he made on CNN March 19:

Cuomo: “That’s the war time mentality. You can’t buy a ventilator right now. Globally, you can’t buy them. We’re going to have to make them or make something like them. And that’s why the federal government is stepping up and ordering the manufacturers to now come together and make this happen is going to be imperative.”

Just this past Friday Cuomo, speaking to reporters, said, “It’s ventilators, ventilators, ventilators. That is the greatest need.”


This man had the opportunity to ensure his state was stockpiled and prepared for just such an emergency and screwed the pooch. He needs to be held accountable for his failure, but the media is too busy aiming all of their energy at President Trump.

Cuomo will likely get a pass from the mainstream media and that’s tragic.

Source: thegatewaypundit.com/2020/03/ny-gov-cuomo-rejected-buying-recommended-16000-ventilators-in-2015-for-pandemic-established-death-panels-and-lottery-instead/


  1. HEY DUMBASSES! Do you REALLY think that Cuomo would have known that there would be a Coronavirus pandemic in 2020 BACK IN 2015?





  3. Just what the Democrats do,squander tax payer money,lie and accuse others of the same that they have done or are doing.The Muslim Fraud never refilled the depleted stock of ventilators after the “HEN FLU” under his reign

  4. Noone ever said Cuomo was smart. He gave up buying ventilators in lieu of solar stuff. Trump had said Curome had his chance to buy them but he didn’t. Now we know what the money was used for instead. Hope voters in NY keep this in mind if he runs again for Gov. but he is looking at living in 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. that would be worse.

  5. The NY Dago and Obozo both sold the taxpayers “flash in the pan” solar panel companies that pooped money into the toilet. Now the gov is bemoaning he has no ventilators. Whose fault is it “ol’ holy one”???

  6. The hell with Gov. Cuomo. He thinks his lousy state is the only state that is important, when his state doesn’t evev obey Federal laws.

  7. And still the left inserted Green New Deal items into the relief bill. I have no dem friends who would choose a solar panel over a life saving breathing apparatus for their oved ones. If Cuomo gets covid I would be happy to put a solar panel over his suffocating face.

    • Why not a solar panel that doesn’t work? Unless of course you’d wire him to its pos & neg poles with his feet in a puddle with lots of metallic impurities.


  9. Paramedics are trained to use Ventilators. There are a great many Paramedics in the State of New York. Another remedy would be to train all the Doctors and Nurses that dont know how to use them to use them. President Trump mentioned Point of Sale. Have the Governor tell the hospitals to by more vents. There are bunches in Warehouses all over the States. I betcha.

  10. There you have it Democrats, see what one of your own has done. Let it sink in for a moment and take a look at this important lesson. There is terrible hypocrisy on your side of the political spectrum. In other words lies. You allow your spokespeople to do and say whatever they want to win. No honor or integrity in that. I wish you would see in the mirror and change your ways. Unlikely but I still have faith.

    • What you neglect or “fool yourself & in denial about” is the fact that that party has in AT LEAST the past 20-25 years, become A CULT! Practically by definition. They can look you in the face & tell you a lie & know YOU know it, & still insist it’s true & just continuing on. All the lies of O’care, “Like your Dr, keep your Dr;…like your plan, Keep your plan (& every singlr time he said it he’d then pause an extra second or 2 for effect, & as if he’d rehearsed it)………..PERIOD!” Watch any recordings of him at that time. According to the MIT Professor who formulated the plan, (& he liked it & Obama) Obama KNEW it’s a lie as he continuosly repeated it on & on & on & on. He also KNEW it was going to cost far more than they said & the only people making out would be those unable to pay getting financial help, while others who’d bought their own with cvrges they wanted & needed & increased copays they’re willing to risk HAD TO get the coverages whether wanted or not. Meanwhile Mme Speaker with her almost criminal admission of non-working HER JOB, “1st we need to pass the bill….to see what’s in it.” Then we have the fiasco of the last almost 4 years of the cult AND Congress. The incredible time wasted & the $$MILLIONS including the $33million+ for Mueller’s investigation. It worked out the Steele dossier (even Steele wouldn’t swear to its veracity) & IT & many or most of “its facts” were paid for by the DNC & Hillary’s campaign & placed BY THE RUSSIANS! At the very least was that not the black pot calling a white kettle black? I’m getting tired…someone else can continue. Like most cults, they are evil & its deaf, dumb, blind followers can’t admit it… they’d be showing that they’ve lived & believed in the lies that has become their whole RELIGION…. only it’s really NOT!

  11. Mario Cumbag, and now Andrew Cumbag are nothing more than the typical democraps. When they have
    the funding and the need to replenish equipment and supplies they rather piss the money away on other things such as solar cells and other scams. When a disaster or emergency happens these supplies are
    not available, they go into panic mode. They want the federal government to instantly provide needed
    supplies, and if they can’t do it.The democraps start pointing fingers and blaming others for their screw
    ups. Vote these losers out at election time!!!

  12. This man is a smug in your face dolt, who will blame everyone but himself when things go awry and under his reign, many things have gone awry! He just had to put on his obnoxious pants and blame others this time around. Too bad you wasted that money previously when you had chance to stock up on ventilators. How did that solar crap turn out?? How many seniors bit the bullet?

  13. Cuomo can’t blame the Federal Government for their lack of materials. He did not do his job
    after the last H1N1. He did not replenish the stocks so he needs to shut his mouth about shortages.
    It appears that Cuomo in a bit short in the competence area as well as his minions. Sadly, that is the
    Democrats for you. They screw up everything they touch and then they try to blame someone else.
    Obviously that trait is alive and well in the party. To hear the Democrats tell it, they can do no wrong.
    They are the shining saviors of the world, Yea, right. The only thing the Democrats care about saving
    is their own a** after they have fouled up everything else. Pelosi and Schumer have really brought out
    the anger in me. I don’t think I have ever seen such vile and rotten human beings.


    • This is soooo true! They look like like Queen and king devils! It is so sad no democrat can think for him or her self. They are either to dumb or scared shitless or born with no back bone!

  14. OKAY. So just today he was bad mouthing TRUMP for not sending any more than 400 ventilators and how people were going to die with out them. Either this guy is a total jerka** or hypocrite. … Second thought I say he is both

  15. Well, well. So the truth about who was responsible for the lack of ventilators in New York is coming out. But it wasn’t just Gov Cuomo, there shud have been an IG report somewhere that stated N.Y. had not restockpiled ventilators, plus other politicians, media etc pointing out his shortsightedness.
    And he shud have the guts to admit his error!

  16. He is asking President Trump to do in a few weeks what he had 4 years to do as Governor. He could have had 20000 ventilators for the $750M he blew on his boondoggle. To blame the Federal Government for his lack of previous insight is a cop out.

    • Yep. He demanded that the government send all of the national stockpile to NY and the heck with the other States. I hope my State is better than that. And now those same idiots from NY, NJ, and CT are trying to get away from the virus by coming to Florida. Our Governor has ordered that any flying in must get a temp check before they are let out of the airport and that they have to go into a two week quarantine away from any of our Florida residents. I’d support him also blockading the highways at the State lines and only allowing medical aid and food supplies in and only Florida residents. Not Florida property owners or leasers but those who have valid Florida voting records or proof of residence by an IRS tax form with a valid Florida address on it.

    • I am in Upstate NY and not only am I tired of hearing and seeing him. I have worried sick about what he is doing to us up here. He’s not sharing testing supplies, he’s intending to take our ventilators and any PPE he can get his hands, he wants to take our health care workers and he is dumping NYC’s Covid19 patients into our hospitals, and not just one but ALL our hospitals.

    • Those of you who live in NY SHOULD be using your continuing QUARANTINE TIME DOWN to prepare to remove CUOMO, DeBLASIO and WIFE from there offices and files CORRUPTION CHARGES AGAINST THEM. Look at ALL of the funds they’ve stolen from the people of NY.

  17. The TRULY SAD thing about this is the people of New York won’t get this FACT and will end up with another Democrap in power and even more will die because of the WILLFUL IGNORANCE of the Democrapic politician and their puppets and rectum sucking flunkies the MORON MEDIA.

  18. Too bad he didn’t look down the road – bad mouthed Trump – blamed him and know it falls back into his ballpark. Cuomo dropped the ball and has no one else to blame.

  19. Hey Gov, step up and take it like a man, not a weak kneed liberal Democrat. You screwed up and caved to the looney environmentalists nuts. You’re the one that has to Assume full responsibility for any deaths caused by the ventilators shortage.

    • What part of the report did you NOT understand? These are facts, perhaps you should read it again.

    • Seems like that’s exactly what the article did. Sorry the “facts” were not to your liking but hopefully YOU won’t need a ventilator…. and the politician who believes a green deal is better than saving lives …. guess you “progressives” are all believers


      16,000 X $36,000= $576 MILLION



  20. The Cuomos, father, son and holy one are all self enriching public “servants.” Now Andy is trying to get recognition for a possible future presidential run. Hopefully voters are wise to his tricks and will never elect him. Like Nancy and Chuckie, they are trying to use corona virus funds to achieve their agendas in support of their green ideas, abortion, etc. These funds are meant to help people overcome the virus and not meant for these crooks to sneak in whatever they want and which have nothing to do with the virus.

  21. Why Gov. Cuomo? What a pompous egomaniac ignoramus decision you made. This news is going to spread like wildfire. So instead of people leaving NYS because of the high taxation to live here, these people will only die here. What a failure on your part. Please fix this ASAP. You do have the power to get this done.

    • Np He knew the feds would have to buy them Also he and delblaismyass took enough cash from the Solar project to buy the Jake Javs Convention center as sole owners which they now lease to the feds at a big profit

  22. This really makes me mad. If this is true, why isn’t it on the internet where everyone can see it? First he’s praising President Trump and then he’s complaining. Someone please get this info out there for all of America to see.

  23. Democrats live in a wonderland of stupidity so when your family members die from lack of equipment remember you voted for this RETARD!!!!

  24. You know Democrats can do no wrong and pass the blame to someone else. However it seems they always get caught in massive lies. Yet the Media is not saying a word. If it was a Republican it would be great play for the Media. The media is corrupt and need to report accurately and fairly.

  25. My roomate’s mother makes $67 every hour on the internet. She has been fired from work for nine months but last month her paycheck was $21270 just working on the internet for a few hours….


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