The Covid-19 stimulus plan includes wording from Andrew Cuomo’s corporate immunity state law. Specifically, a provision that would shield health care industry executives from lawsuits related to coronavirus, should their business decisions result in injuries or deaths of health care workers and patients.
The echoed phrasing was first reported by journalist David Sirota.
Cuomo harshly criticized the bill for not providing enough financial aid to states. “I think it’s devastating news for the entire country,” the Democratic governor said about the proposed plan, during a press conference.
Cuomo also derided Republican Senators as “federal bag men,” adding:
“They’ve been taking New Yorkers’ money for years, putting it in a bag in Washington and bringing it home to their state,”
While lambasting the bill, Cuomo, however, seems to have missed the exact words he signed his own name under in April – namely, the provisions in which any “health care facility administrator, executive, supervisor, board member, trustee” would be shielded from Covid-related lawsuits because their “acts, omissions, or decisions resulting from a resource or staffing shortage shall not be considered” as opening the door to legal liability.
New York Democratic Assemblyman Ron Kim, who has advocated the repeal of the immunity provision in NYC didn’t miss Cuomo’s apparent ideological crossover on the matter with his political rival, saying: “
Governor Cuomo brushes aside criticism for his mishandling of nursing homes as Republican partisan politics but as it turns out he has inspired Republicans to follow his policies,”
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— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) July 28, 2020