To avoid running out of hospital beds, “Fifteen days to flatten the curve” was all about ensuring we didn’t run out of beds for patients who had COVID or something else. This historic $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act was passed by Congress and signed by President Trump in those first days of the outbreak (CARES).
Provisions such as $100,000,000,000 (one million dollars multiplied by a hundred thousand) were included in the bill because they “were intended to facilitate the flow of capital into health care facilities in response to the coronavirus epidemic.” According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, “the average cost of a hospital bed in the United States is approximately $108,000.” So, what did we receive for our money? There are fewer hospital beds available. I have no question in my mind that you would.
In retrospect, it’s probably for the best that the NIAID’s and the monkeys that transitioned harm were restricted to six figures and a small number of animals. “This $100 billion fund could provide crucial and timely support,” Kaiser argued at the time. But the numbers are not adding up. Currently, the United States has around 50,000 fewer staffed hospital beds than we did in 2020.
Twitter user Stinson Norwood sent these statistics, which came courtesy of the Department of Health & Human Services’ HealthData.gov website. “I wish someone would ask Psaki what happened to all of the CARES money that was supposed to be used to increase hospital capacity,” Norwood continued.
However, you get the point: we spent a hundred thousand million dollars that we did not have on increased medical services that we did not receive. Worse still, staffing shortages exacerbated largely by vaccination mandates for wary frontline medical workers have forced hospitals to reduce the number of staffed hospital beds. So, where did all of the money disappear to?