While most on the left seem to want to politicize the coronavirus pandemic as much as possible, one Democrat governor is flipping the script.
According to the Washington Examiner, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) is now pushing back on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) official COVID-19 death toll for his state, saying it could be as much as 25% higher than the actual number of deaths in the state from the disease.
Concerns were expressed early on in the coronavirus outbreak over the possibility of government officials inflating the death counts from COVID-19.
As it stands, nearly 90,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus, according to CDC data, and almost 1.5 million cases of the disease have been confirmed. But is that count too high?
According to Gov. Polis, the answer is probably yes. That’s because the CDC has marked any death in a patient who tests positive for COVID-19 as a death from the virus — even if it wasn’t the virus that killed them.
“The CDC criteria include anybody who has died with COVID-19, but what the people of Colorado and the people of the country want to know is, how many people died of COVID-19?” Polis said on Fox News Sunday this week, according to the Examiner.
Breaking it down
But why would government officials, and possibly even hospitals, try to inflate the death count? There are more than a few reasons.
First and foremost, the government has already stipulated that it will be picking up the tab for any COVID-19 medical treatments when the patient did not have insurance. With all that money up for grabs, you’d better believe there are some hospital administrators out there willing to bend the rules a bit.
Secondly, there is the politicizing of the pandemic. The higher the death toll, the more Democrats can use the coronavirus against President Donald Trump this November.
But according to Polis, that shouldn’t be the goal.
“One of the reasons that we wanted to make sure we reported it out in a better way was to inspire confidence so that it wouldn’t be politicized,” Polis told Fox on Sunday, according to the Examiner. “These are deaths that should not be politicized.”
Indeed, as governors across the nation make the calls to start reopening our country — and many Americans venture out of their homes for the first time in weeks — don’t we deserve to know the truth?