COLUMBUS — Ahead of Mike Pence’s arrival in Columbus today, the Ohio Democratic Party hosted a virtual news conference with Congresswoman Joyce Beatty and Ohio doctors to discuss Donald Trump’s incompetent, failed response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ahead of @VP Mike Pence’s visit to Columbus today, we spoke with Rep. @JoyceBeatty, Dr. @AnitaSomaniMD and Dr. Arthur Lavin to discuss how @realDonaldTrump and Pence have failed on the coronavirus crisis.
Today we are on track to surpass 5,000 deaths in Ohio from COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/aY1EEIjtKe
— Ohio Dems (@OHDems) October 12, 2020
“We don’t need more campaign rallies. We don’t need more photo ops. We need a plan. Donald Trump and Mike Pence don’t have one. Let me say that again: Donald Trump and Mike Pence don’t have a plan. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have a plan to deliver an urgent, robust and professional response to the pandemic — from protecting frontline workers to eliminating cost barriers for preventing and treating COVID-19. We need real leaders in the White House, and in 22 days, we will elect those leaders — Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.”
“Let’s go back just a few years to 2009 when we had our last pandemic, when Joe Biden helped lead, with President Obama, a response to a pandemic then. At the end of that pandemic, my friends, the United States led the world with the lowest death rate. We had a 52-times lower death rate from the swine flu pandemic when Joe Biden helped lead the response to the pandemic.
“So, when we say Joe Biden has a plan, we’re not just saying, ‘he has good thoughts.’ He fought through a pandemic, he led the fight against a pandemic, and he won.”
“If we overturn the [Affordable Care Act] here in Ohio, health coverage would be impacted for 740,000 folks, with as many as 5 million Ohioans who have pre-existing conditions being affected.”
BACKGROUND ON DONALD TRUMP AND PENCE’S BROKEN PROMISES ON COVID-19
Promise: “My plan is to crush the virus.” [Trump, Dayton, Sept. 21, 2020]
Reality: With more than 210,000 Americans dead and 7.6 million infected, the United States has 4 percent of the world’s population but 20 percent of infections and deaths. In Ohio alone, more than 168,000 people have contracted the virus, and over 5,000 have lost their lives.
Reality: WOIO: Gov. DeWine ‘troubled’ by the COVID-19 cases spikes as Ohio hits highest single day spike since pandemic began. “A troubling trend in Ohio as the coronavirus spreads at a record rate, according to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. In the last 24 hours 1,840 cases have been reported, that’s the single highest one day total since testing began in Ohio.”
Promise: “We have to protect our most vulnerable citizens against this horrible virus.” [Trump, Clyde, Aug. 6, 2020]
Reality: Cleveland.com: At least 3,133 Ohio nursing home patients have died with coronavirus. “At least 3,133 patients of Ohio nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have died with coronavirus this year, with 87 new deaths reported in the weekly update by the Ohio Department of Health.”
Reality: WCMH: Ohio again seeing increase of hospitalizations due to coronavirus. “After weeks of trending down, the number of people being hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Ohio is increasing again, especially in those 60-years and older.”
Promise: “I promise you, in the days ahead, we’ll continue to put the health of America first.” [Pence, Zanesville, Sept. 16, 2020]
Reality: Politico: Trump official pressured CDC to change report on Covid and kids. “The episode is the latest example of how Trump appointees’ interference has rippled across the health department — and how even when career experts can find common ground with political officials, they have been tainted by the unprecedented efforts to shape their findings.”
Reality: Even in the midst of a global pandemic, Trump and the Republican Party are attempting to overturn the Affordable Care Act — endangering health coverage for 741,000 Ohioans and threatening protections for as many as 5 million Ohioans with pre-existing conditions like cancer, asthma and even COVID-19. The Ohio Hospital Association has warned that repealing the ACA would put a quarter of the state’s hospitals at risk of closure.
Reality: Trump’s erratic behavior is preventing urgently needed resources from getting to Ohioans when they need it most. Nearly five months after the U.S. House passed the Heroes Act, Trump has never attended negotiations or brought Republicans and Democrats together, and just last week, he abandoned relief negotiations altogether.
Promise: “We’re attacking the virus from every angle. And through this aggressive strategy, we will win the war, and it will happen sooner than people think.” [Trump, Clyde, Aug. 6, 2020]
Reality: Even as experts warned of a coming pandemic, Trump sent record shipments of N95 masks overseas. As the Washington Post reported, a shortage of N95 masks still persists months into the pandemic, “leaving health care workers exposed, patients at risk and public health experts flummoxed over a seemingly simple question: Why is the world’s richest country still struggling to meet the demand for an item that once cost around $1 apiece?”