Michigan Governor Sued by Doctors For Refusing to Re-Open State
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is getting sued by a group of Michigan doctors who are accusing her of “risking lives and imperiling health” for her unconstitutional statewide lockdown order.
On Tuesday, the owners of Grand Health Partners, Wellston Medical Center, and Primary Health Services, as well as Jeffery Gulick, filed a lawsuit together against the Michigan governor, State Attorney General Dana Nessel, and state health director Robert Gordon.
“This shutdown is risking lives and imperiling health,” Grand Health Partners president and surgeon Dr. Randal Baker said. “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.”
On March 20th, Whitmer banned surgeries that were deemed as “elective” as she expected a large amount of hospitalizations due to the Chinese coronavirus. Almost two months later and Whitmer is still enacting the surgery policy and doesn’t plan on lifting it until May 28th at the earliest.
“Graphics depicted that while Governor Whitmer’s administration anticipated 220,000 patients being hospitalized without social distancing efforts, there had only been 3,000 hospitalizations as of April 27. That is less than 1.4% of the projected COVID-19 hospitalizations underlying the Governor’s declared states of emergency and disaster,” the lawsuit states.
The Daily Wire reports:
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.
Michigan hospitals are losing roughly $300 million in addition to spending about $100 million a week on additional supplies because of the coronavirus, according to the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. Over 1 million Michigan residents have filed unemployment claims across all sectors since the outbreak, according to the Department of Labor.
“Medical providers are on the brink of financial ruin, facing extreme revenue shortages caused by the Governor’s order forcing the postponement or cancellation of so-called ‘non-essential’ procedures. Thousands of healthcare workers across Michigan have been furloughed or laid off,” the lawsuit says.
“Not only has this shutdown harmed my employees and my practice, but it has put my patients directly at risk,” said Jordan Warnsholz, owner of Wellston Medical Center and Primary Health Services. “These oppressive executive orders are meant to save lives, but instead, they are endangering many of them.”
Gov. Whitmer’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.