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Obama Holdover HHS Inspector General Issued Fraudulent Report Claiming 86% of Hospitals Were Prepared For a Pandemic… in 2018!

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(JustTheNews) As a new flu season was approaching in fall 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services inspector general issued a report telling the Trump administration there was good news on the pandemic front: Long-struggling hospitals had fortified their preparedness for an infectious disease outbreak.

Just a few short years after 71% of American hospital executives warned they were ill-prepared for a disease outbreak like the 2014 Ebola virus, 86% were reporting they were prepared and ready, the department’s inspector general declared.

The report was a bald-faced lie at worst, or the product of lazy oversight at best.  Either way, President Trump relied on that report and as a result people died.

In April of this year, after she had been in charge of oversight for three months, Grimm produced a report that better reflected the conditions following the Ebola outbreak:

Hospitals reported that their most significant challenges centered on testing and caring for patients with known or suspected COVID-19 and keeping staff safe. Hospitals also reported substantial challenges maintaining or expanding their facilities’ capacity to treat patients with COVID-19. Hospitals described specific challenges, mitigation strategies, and needs for assistance related to personal protective equipment (PPE), testing, staffing, supplies and durable equipment; maintaining or expanding facility capacity; and financial concerns.

Ms. Grimm had previously served as the Chief of Staff and Deputy Inspector General from 2014 at HHS until her promotion.  She had to have known the contents of the 2018 assessment given to Secretary Azar.

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