Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s rampant abuse of executive power and casual infringement on the basic liberties of her constituents in the name of public health have made her a darling in the eyes of leftists all over the country.
The newest arrival to the Sue Governor Whitmer Party is a group of health practices, who are kind of sick of hemorrhaging cash without being allowed to make any back.
The owners of Grand Health Partners, Wellston Medical Center, and Primary Health Services, and Jeffery Gulick filed the lawsuit against Whitmer, State Attorney General Dana Nessel, and state health director Robert Gordon on Tuesday. The plaintiffs are pushing the governor to lift her ban on “non-essential” treatments, warning that the ban is endangering the lives of many patients.
“This shutdown is risking lives and imperiling health,” Grand Health Partners president and surgeon Dr. Randal Baker told Up North Live. “The curve has been flattened. There will likely be spikes of cases in the future, but we can’t shut down non-COVID health care every time. We need to reassess the best practices to save the most lives, particularly where COVID-19 cases are low.”
So basically the argument boils down to doctors saying no one should have to die of anything preventable and Whitmer saying it’s fine for people to die of literally anything except for COVID-19.
The plaintiffs are also looking at the future, something Whitmer is demonstrably not: What happens when this is all over? The short answer is that no one will have any money, which doesn’t seem to trouble Gretchen in the slightest. Like, she knows hospitals need money, right? Can someone make sure she knows that?
Hospitals, clinics, and other medical providers across the state are struggling financially as they are forced to turn away all but the most serious illnesses and those with flu-like symptoms that may be COVID-19. Last month, Hillsdale Hospital Vice President and COO Jeremiah Hodshire wrote an open letter to Whitmer pleading with her to relax the ban on elective surgeries, citing financial strain.
“If there is one thing that we need now more than ever, it’s patients using our services instead of living in fear of leaving their homes while their health needs are left unmet,” Hodshire wrote. He said her “reckless and senseless” executive order banned his hospital from performing the procedures that generate one-fifth of its net income.
Whitmer has seemed pretty bulletproof regarding past lawsuits, but I remain hopeful that that may change.
If we can’t stand up for medical practices, what’s left?