Grind for March 9th
“Always remember, actions speak louder than words.” – Unknown
AOC Attacks Republicans Over Stimulus Bill That Dems Voted For
Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has repeatedly attacked Senate Republicans over the massive $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill, which provides relief to American families and protects the economy, even though every Senate Democrat also voted for the bill.
The Washington Post reported:
The bill would extend $1,200 to most American adults and $500 for most children, create a $500 billion lending program for businesses, cities and states, and a $367 billion employee retention fund for small businesses. It would direct $130 billion to hospitals and provide four months of expanded unemployment insurance, among other things.
Lawmakers and the White House were bombarded with lobbyists and special interest groups seeking assistance during the negotiations, and the price tag rose from $850 billion to $2.2 trillion in just a matter of days.
Ocasio-Cortez responded to the bill’s passage in the Senate by attacking only Republicans, even though every Democrat in the Senate also voted for it. Read more…
London Hospitals Overwhelmed With Patients
The chief executive of a body which represents hospital bosses has said that London facilities are facing a “continuous tsunami” of coronavirus patients, and that the city’s hospitals could be overwhelmed in “days”.
Chris Hopson, the head of NHS Providers which speaks for those who run Britain’s hospitals, said that even though London hospitals have increased critical care capacity from between five- and sevenfold in just two weeks, they are still “struggling”.
“They are struggling with two things: first is the explosion of demand they’re seeing in seriously ill patients.
They’re saying it’s the number of patients that are arriving, the speed with which they are arriving, and how ill they are,” Mr Hopson told BBC Radio 4’s Todayprogramme on Thursday.
He continued that while “most of them are hanging on” his contacts in London’s hospitals “talk about wave, after wave, after wave. The word that is often used to me is a continuous ‘tsunami’. I think as one [hospital] CEO said to me yesterday, ‘This is much bigger and much larger numbers with a greater degree of stretch than you could ever possibly have imagined.'”
The second issue is staff sickness, with some facilities seeing 50 per cent of medics struck down by coronavirus or self-isolating with symptoms.
He added that even with thousands more ventilators said to be coming down the pipeline in the next couple of weeks, at present that lack of availability is a “real issue” in London hospitals. Read more…
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