Deregulated & Unaccountable: For-Profit Nursing Homes in Florida Face Scrutiny After Irma Deaths


AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org,
The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman. We begin today’s show in Florida, where
authorities have obtained a search warrant to investigate the deaths of eight elderly
residents at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The victims range in age from 71 to 99 years
old. They died in the Rehabilitation Center at
Hollywood Hills after a transformer was knocked out following the hurricane, causing the nursing
home’s air conditioning unit to shut down. Beginning just this past Tuesday night, temperatures
began to soar inside the center. Authorities say administrators of the nursing
home were aware the air conditioning unit had failed, and that they installed fans and
portable air coolers inside the facility. But the remedies did little to protect the
residents from the sweltering heat. At 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, one nursing home
resident was rushed to the emergency room across the street at Memorial Regional Hospital,
a Level I trauma center. An hour later, another elderly patient arrived. By 5 a.m., when the hospital received a third
rescue call, some hospital workers went down the street to check on the nursing home. They found a situation so critical, the hospital
sent in more than 50 medical workers under a mass casualty protocol. At least three people were found dead. One hundred fifty-eight more were evacuated,
many with severe dehydration and other heat-related symptoms. This is Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez
announcing a criminal investigation. POLICE CHIEF TOMAS SANCHEZ: So, this is very
tragic. It’s very sad. Many of us have loved ones in assisted living
facilities, and we expect that care to be there for those people. … We immediately started a criminal investigation
into this matter and made sure that everyone was evacuated. And we took control of the entire building
immediately thereafter. AMY GOODMAN: New details about the nursing
home emerged throughout the day Thursday, including the fact a number of safety violations
had already been reported at the facility, including two violations about its backup
power capabilities—this was before the storm. The main owner of the nursing home, Dr. Jack
Michel, also has a history of running afoul of healthcare regulators. In 2006, the Justice Department fined another
hospital that Michel runs, the Larkin Community Hospital, $15.4 million over civil fraud allegations. Florida Governor Rick Scott has now directed
the Agency for Health Care Administration to terminate the nursing home as a Medicaid
provider. For more, we go directly to Florida to speak
with two guests. In Fort Lauderdale, we’re joined by Stephen
Hobbs, a reporter for the Sun Sentinel who’s been covering this story. And in Miami, Dale Ewart. He is a vice president of 1199SEIU, the United
Healthcare Workers Union East. We welcome you both to Democracy Now! Stephen Hobbs, you’ve been reporting on
this story. I briefly outlined what happened, but why
don’t you fill us in from the beginning? STEPHEN HOBBS: Thank you for having me, Amy. What happened, it sounds like, according to
the reporting that we’ve done so far, is, after the storm hit, in the afternoon on Sunday,
the transformer—there’s two transformers that feed power into the nursing home facility. The transformer that provides power for the
air conditioning unit went out. The other transformer, that provides power
to the rest of the building, kind of flickered, but remained on. So it was about Sunday afternoon that the
air conditioning went out. And as it went on, administrators at the nursing
home say that they tried to contact utility officials at Florida Power & Light and other
officials in the state and in the county to let them know that they needed power. And as the days went on, they tried, as you
mentioned, to use coolers and fans to try to cool down the residents there. They say that efforts were made on Monday
and Tuesday, and that they were told by utility officials that people would come out. And that never happened. But as you mentioned, as well, temperatures
started to rise. And when people were sent to the hospital
on Wednesday morning, hospital staff realized that they had a real situation. And that’s something that we’re still
trying to figure out, as to why the administrators were saying—they never sounded the alarm
saying that we have a incredibly serious event where people could die. And then, when hospital staff showed up on
Wednesday, they realized that they had a mass casualty event and that they needed to send
in people immediately. AMY GOODMAN: And this was after the first
patient was brought in, dead, then the second patient. This is just across the street, right? The nursing home right across the street from
a trauma one center? STEPHEN HOBBS: Yes, it’s right across the
street. And what happened, a nursing officer from
the hospital said yesterday that, yes, she was alerted. She was working in the command center for
the hospital after the hurricane, and she was alerted by emergency room staff that three
patients had been brought in with very high temperatures. And so she went over, because it was across
the street, and investigated herself. And when she walked in, she said it was very
warm. She couldn’t give an exact temperature,
but she saw people in serious distress, people that looked dehydrated, people that looked
like they were having respiratory problems. And she said staff inside were frantically
trying to bring people into areas—into an area where they had coolers and fans to try
to cool people down. So, she went in with fire rescue officials,
and they realized that they had a very serious situation. And that’s when the hospital kicked into
gear and started sending more people over, started sending wheelchairs and stretchers,
to get people out of that home. AMY GOODMAN: Now, the nursing home says they
contacted Florida Power & Light. Florida Power & Light refused to speed up
its response to senior living facilities, they say. They say the county never listed nursing homes
as critical facilities in power outages. Is this true? STEPHEN HOBBS: Yes, and the county said that
they did that because Florida Power & Light guidelines don’t have nursing homes as critical
infrastructure facilities. So, as you can tell, there’s a lot of kind
of pointing back and forth as to maybe who should have stepped in here. But, yes, those are—those are the arguments
that the sides are giving as to why something wasn’t done earlier. AMY GOODMAN: I wanted to bring Dale Ewart
into the conversation. I mean, so often a catastrophe like this,
a climate catastrophe, in this case, lays bare the weaknesses of a system and also shows
us the importance of government and regulations. But how is it possible nursing homes, where
the most vulnerable people are, are not considered critical facilities in power outages? DALE EWART: It really is a good question. This was a tragedy. And it raises questions and concerns, not
just about what happened in this particular situation, but how all nursing homes in Florida
are regulated, and whether we’re going to require accountability and transparency, and
whether nursing home owners, like the owner of this particular facility, that have a history
of abuse should even be allowed to operate healthcare facilities. Certainly, things like putting them higher
up on the FPL list and requiring facilities to have standby generators that would run
air conditioning systems would make a whole lot of sense in a place like Florida. But there are broader questions about what
we’re willing to allow nursing homes to get away with and what kind of accountability
we want to have for the billions of dollars in public money that supports this industry. AMY GOODMAN: You know, you have these two
states that are so hard hit by this climate catastrophe, two hurricanes, Irma and Harvey,
two states that are headed by climate change deniers, but also, for some reason, part and
parcel of that, two states headed by those who hail their states as states where regulation
will not get in the way, let’s put it that way. I wanted to turn to Texas to talk about an
image that went viral during Hurricane Harvey. It was a picture of elderly residents at La
Vita Bella nursing home in Dickinson, Texas, sitting in waist-deep water. It’s this astounding picture. They’re in their wheelchairs—I think one
woman is crocheting—and the water is up to their chests. Fifteen residents sit patiently, awaiting
rescue, which came shortly after the image was retweeted more than 2,000 times. Interestingly, the photo was taken by the
owner of the facility, who had reached out for help. And she sent it to her daughter in Florida,
whose husband put it out on Facebook, calling for help. Some dismissed it. They said, “This has to be photoshopped.” Dale Ewart, can you talk about this case,
as well? DALE EWART: I’m not familiar with that particular
case, but you started off by talking about the governors of both states being fans of
deregulation, as is our Legislature. The problem is that nursing homes are funded
by our tax dollars; 70, 80 percent of the revenue that supports this industry is our
money through Medicaid and Medicare. And it is simply not appropriate to have an
industry that’s on the public dole. I mean, I would say we should question whether
it’s appropriate to have an industry that takes care of frail elderly people that is
run by for-profit corporations. But if we’re going to do that, then we have
to have appropriate regulation that makes sure that staffing levels are sufficient to
provide quality care and that nursing home operators are accountable for the money they
receive and for standards of care. And that’s a problem that, you know, is
not—that’s a day-to-day, 365-day-a-year problem, not just in natural disasters like
this. AMY GOODMAN: Can you talk more about nonprofit
nursing homes? And also, what efforts are there now to improve
conditions in nursing homes? What political roadblocks do you face? And talk about your perch at the union and
why unions are significant here. DALE EWART: In some ways, we’re really,
in Florida, unfortunately, going in the wrong direction. Back in 2002, Florida passed a series of nursing
home reforms that, among other things, created some of the highest staffing standards in
the nation, for Florida’s nursing homes. And in the 10 years that followed, the nursing
home industry, using its political connections, has rolled those back significantly. A year from now, there are going to be reforms
in the way nursing homes are paid by Medicaid, which will result in a transfer of money from
high-quality, high-reimbursement nursing homes, who are predominantly, though nonexclusively,
not-for-profit, precisely to the low-paying, low-performing nursing home facilities. It’s a real taking from the good actors
and rewarding the bad actors. And there are real serious concerns in the
industry about what this is going to mean for staffing levels, which are already in
trouble. Having a union is an important voice for healthcare
workers. Most of the hands-on care that’s done in
nursing homes is done by certified nursing assistants. And they, tragically, subsidize this industry
through poverty-level wages and poor healthcare and retirement benefits. It’s a labor of love, but it is a crime
that we ask our nursing home residents and our nursing home caregivers to subsidize the
activities of for-profit corporations. AMY GOODMAN: I wanted to go back to Stephen
Hobbs. The owner of the Rehabilitation Center at
Hollywood Hills in Florida, Dr. Jack Michel, has a history of healthcare fraud and violations. In 2006, Michel settled claims after he and
five associates were accused of agreeing to send patients to the Miami hospital he owned
for unnecessary treatment, according to the Department of Justice. Michel became president and CEO of Larkin
Community Hospital in 1998 and became sole owner in 2006. He settled the case the same year for $15.4
million. The facility was cited for federal code violations
on at least two occasions for issues related to its generators. And according to the Miami Herald, there’s
at least one pending lawsuit against the Rehabilitation Center, alleging negligence, brought by a
former resident. Stephen Hobbs, this record, its significance? And what is happening now to these nursing
home residents? STEPHEN HOBBS: Well, it’s obviously something
that people are looking at very strongly now and just wondering, you know, with more scrutiny
as to the status of the people in this facility. I think as we look into the record, we realize
that there were issues in the past. They had rectified the generator issues. But obviously, it’s a larger issue in Florida,
in that nursing homes aren’t required to have a backup generator to power them in a
situation like this. And officials in Hollywood, as you mentioned,
they are trying to use a search warrant. They were either going to execute it last
night or today to try to get more information. There’s an ongoing criminal investigation
as to what was happening in the facility and what happened. And so that’s going to be something that
will continue. I was there yesterday, and police had caution
tape around the facility. There were police vehicles completely around
it. And they were waiting to go in there and gather
more evidence as part of their investigation. AMY GOODMAN: Finally, let me put this question
to Dale Ewart. Your governor—your governor, Phil Scott—Rick
Scott, is the former chief executive of Columbia/HCA, overseer of the largest Medicare fraud of
all time. Can you talk about his history? DALE EWART: Yes. When the governor was head of what was then
called Columbia/HCA, he was, as you said, at the helm when that company was charged
with Medicare fraud. This is also—you know, Florida is sort of
ground zero for Medicare fraud. There have been recent examples in the nursing
home industry of Medicare fraud. But again, for me, it gets back to the question
of what kind of transparency—are we going to insist on knowing who is owning and controlling
and operating these facilities? And what kind of accountability are we going
to have to make sure that quality of care is being provided and that we hold nursing
home operators, healthcare providers to the highest standards of care? I think we don’t do that effectively enough,
and I’m concerned that in—with respect to funding of nursing homes in Florida, we’re
actually, perhaps, heading in the wrong direction. AMY GOODMAN: Very quickly—we just have 30
seconds—for people who are watching this in this country and around the world, what
should they be concerned about right now, if they themselves are in a nursing home,
if loved ones are in nursing homes? What should they be asking about? What kind of information do they need to demand
to ensure that their loved ones, or they, themselves, are being treated well? DALE EWART: Access to information isn’t
as good as it should be. But I would recommend the Medicare.gov website
Nursing Home Compare. It is a way of finding out ownership information,
quality assessments. You’re able to compare nursing homes head
to head, if you’re trying to choose. It’s probably the single best resource right
now for people who are concerned either about where a loved one is currently placed or are
looking to place a loved one in a nursing home, to try to make the best decisions that
you can. Nursing Home Compare. AMY GOODMAN: I want to thank you so much,
both, for being with us, and we’ll continue to follow this story. Dale Ewart is vice president of 1199SEIU,
based in Florida, speaking to us from Miami. And thank you to Stephen Hobbs, a reporter
at the Sun Sentinel, speaking to us from Fort Lauderdale. We will link to Stephen’s articles at democracynow.org. When we come back, the U.S. Virgin Islands. What’s happened? We’ll talk about the devastation with a
native of one of those islands, Saint Thomas. Stay with us.

71 thoughts on “Deregulated & Unaccountable: For-Profit Nursing Homes in Florida Face Scrutiny After Irma Deaths

  1. The Lord still rule over the presents that is the only way this is allowed to happen
    A group of grown adults in there right mind would have done more, hire cheap unmotivated people to save money get you this

  2. Pausing 3 minutes in to reflect on the headline and the intro monologue. Deregulated and un-accountable the title says. Yet in her opening statement Amy mentions a criminal investigation being started and safety violations being issued by regulators. That is both accountability and regulation. Again, this is only 3 minutes in so I'm going to listen the rest of course but when you contradict your own title in the first 3 minutes it doesn't bode well. Let's see if she can make the case by the end.

  3. The Administration are piece s of shits!!!! They didn't want to spend money! Dishonor of the elderly ! Put his ass under the jail! …..better yet, put those sorry ass administrators in a hot box in the middle of the desert to let them see how it feels to die like that! ….they don't care, they the elderly are retired so they don't care about them because they are not putting into the beast system!!

  4. This is an example of how we treat the elderly. Any society that treats their elderly and disabled like this defines that society. And that society in this case is deplorable. Shame on you America. You will be old in the near future. So you make your own bed. Silly Americans.

  5. Speaking as a Resident in a no-for-profit nursing home in Canada where ALL nursing homes are strictly regulated, whether for-profit or not-for-profit, regulations should be mandatory. This is institutional manslaughter. The staff at nursing homes are almost always wonderful people, but the management should be under arrest right now on manslaughter and criminal neglect charges!

  6. Do Americans not know how to have a civilized country without FOR PROFIT this or that. IS it not possible to have institutions that are tax funded and serve a higher purpose than making the 1% richer? I don't know perhaps institutions that educate your next generation of Americans to become competitive in the high tech global job market and in turn the nation thrives. What about institutions that serve the people, who serve tax payers, who take care of you when you become frail and old and have been paying taxes all of your life into the system. I guess institutions that serve the interest of the community are to socialist for the USA, it makes much more sense to continue to fund millionaires and billionaires lavish lifestyles while your fellow Americans flip the bill for that lifestyle. What a moronic society.

  7. Congratulations to all DNC voters, trump has now given in to all dnc demands, he is a commy globalist puppet. Take daca, he will do like all politicians have done for the last 60 years when it comes to immigration, nothing but talk. trump will not build a wall, and he will give amnestry to 11 million illegals, wages will stay low as millions of illegals will cross the border year in and year out. the gop will never again win any election as illegals will now vote, and we will continue to be a commy nation with people that still believe that politicians serve the people. This nation is under control of evil people who serve satan, members of secret societies, and masonry, lgbt sexual sodomites, and all the rest of the propagandist.

  8. "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." ~ Mahatma Ghandi

    –See how they treat their students, how they treat women, how they treat people of color, the sick and the elderly and how they treat their workforce. What greatness is there to boast of? The might to murder innocent civilians in multiple nations with drones? it must be that because there is no greatness in how the American people are treated…..except of course the elite rich class and the bourgeois for them the system works marvelously. Shame on this society who is complacent with all the injustice, people have the type of rules the allow and tolerate for reference see Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette or Benito Mussolini just some examples of what happens when a society rises up to cut down a cancer in government.

  9. There is regulation in nursing homes in place now that obviously does not work. How will more fix it? More government is never the solution.
    The truth is that the true cost of living in storm prone states is masked. There is no accurate price discovery because of the subsidies making us all pay instead of just those living there. The residents of those states need to pay for these 8-12 year storms, not my grandchildren living in safer states.
    BYW, thanks for never missing a chance to inject the climate hoax into every story.

  10. No! Trump didn't directly cause the situation that went awry and brought about the death of 8 elderly American citizens in Florida! A President isn't capable of making these type of deregulatory decisions for a state. That goes to the Governor, Senators, Congesspeople and those in the local governments. AND the people who voted them into office! It takes disasters to show the flaws in the system. The same as in Texas with their oil refineries and chemical plants that don't even have to notify nearby residents about the contents of their tanks, etc.
    But, trump supports deregulation! And he supports all of those corporations that have fought to remove those regulations! Many of which supported him in his presidential election. So, trump is the biggest part of that problem! Especially now that he sits at the head of the table (of men!).

  11. This unethical place of neglect and abuse cannot be called a "nursing" home. The owner probably calls himself a "christian" and attends church, too.

  12. It's simple why they don't see nursing homes as important: Because the folks staying in them are old and don't contribute to society anymore; therefore, they are not a priority. Big trauma center right across the street …and the little nursing home gets overlooked. I know, I know, the truth is terrible, isn't it?

  13. What these nurses aide do and what they are paid is criminal. I worked at a nursing home in high school and all the aides I worked with really cared, but when you are underpaid, it can develop a bad attitude. They wipe butts and change adult diapers they need to be paid.

  14. Amy Goodman your broadcast started to sound the same as tabloids printing exaggerated vocabulary and dramatically present REHASHED "latest" news on, your critique of main stream media no longer applies after listening to your dramatic presentation of facts. I give up on you and your obsession with catastrophic events.

  15. Thanks for covering this issue! Florida isn't the only state with questionable nursing homes. They ALL need better protections for their victims… I mean, for the folks who need end of life care.

  16. Get money out of politics so we can have at least some good in our elected officials, if they are owned there is no justice

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  18. There are many issues here but basically those involved in healthcare know there are emergency preparedness plans to follow. In this situation > immediately evacuate the patients to alternative care sites……there were solutions for the problem but management failed the patient, families and communities that entrusted them with care….. Also, without going into detail, patient advocacy is especially needed for the vulnerable and infirmed. People who care should find out what is happening in their community. There are four times as many nursing homes/long term care facilities as there are hospitals. Medicare covers the first 100 days in a nursing home. Most often after that Medicaid, funded by federal and state governments, provides coverage. Medicaid pays for most of the 1.4+ million people in nursing homes. State standards vary but the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that are part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) oversees these programs. There is a lot of political controversy at this time over some of these matters. The CMS is responsible for certification, compliance, standards, regulations, education, etc..

  19. When Governments  view the elderly as poor unproductive drains on funds that could be used to reduce corporate and wealthy donors taxes, bad things happen.

  20. Visit your family every day that is how you will know what's going on in a nursing facility. You will know if they are short staffed. Ask how many patients a nurse has. Ask how many patients the CNA has. Watch what is going on, you can see the stress in the faces of the staff. Call the state and demand low nurse/ CNA to patient staff ratios, many states do not have staffing regulations that are safe. Do you know a nurse has 25 patients and a CNA has 10 in a good nursing home. Those numbers can go higher in a poorly staffed facility. I don't think nursing homes should be for profit, do you?

  21. A for-profit company receiving non-profit type funding (tax dollars) for the care of very sensitive seniors is enabled to avoid regulation, provide substandard service and kill the seniors? That's almost total non-care and the complete opposite of what should be going on.
    Amazingly Incompetent?

  22. There you have it. Florida Power and Light, a generic name for all the power and light utilities. In one aspect utility companies operating for profit divide into two types, 1). infrastructure which serves a working population and, 2). infrastructure that serves a non-working population. The non-working population unproductive of profit gets no prevention services. No back up in defense of a storm. Left to die. Someone who gave birth to you rots in a nursing home because you are too busy emulating individualism. The working population gets all the immediate recovery and prevention. Because this social group are productive of profit. Not for themselves but for a collection of rich capitalists deciding how to appropriate your wages in the form of a Utility Board(s), Banks, Private Industry They are plugged into all Chambers of Commerce offices across the land and own the infrastructure (hardware). Electric power is a necessary means of subsistence. To keep a population divided they must own an control the necessary means, things required for life. The productive working population and the captives whose hearts were offered to the Gods by the high priest of cannibals are both victims who willingly accept their demise. The productive working class are wonderfully spoiled in preparation of the economic slaughter by the high priests of capitalism. Florida is a laboratory of the free market experiment and it is now the epicenter of class conflict. Prevention services in the commercial sense translates into 'preservation services' of the economic categories in the historical and sociological sense, for in the end, Utilities for Profit perpetuate the same capitalist relations that divides the population into productive and unproductive impersonal economic categories. This explains the recurrence of such tragedies from WillowGlen in Long Island in 1973 to this one in Florida. Circumstances slightly different the social relations preserved, profit over people, triumphs.

  23. You have in the past reported on how the electric power companies make record profits in the billions $$, why don't you report on who controls all the big money in America and throughout the world not to mention the powerful media Mz. Goodman

  24. it's not just "that one" who will put "profit over lives"!!!! more deregulations less accountability for things to stay on a repeat of this and other situations of regulations going none existent. summer is hard here in Florida, I live here and was in Irma's path as well. The seniors don't favor well when the ac goes down, no one really. too early to call on death tolls from shit like this incompetence. you have loved ones in places like this, check on them, cause to staff forgot them and can't keep up. you think you don't get health insurance worth a damn, think of these facilities in those thoughts as well!!!!! ~ t.bone ~

  25. You should report on how the African American community is growing by leaps and bounds and demoralizing and weakening white Europeans hold on America

  26. Who makes it possible for this opioid affliction to happen to our society, soon the big money people will depopulate this country and replace with their own people

  27. Such reports are quite disgraceful for the image of the US.

    But i wonder why a majority of people keeps electing officials that seem not to have the peoples interests at heart. I mean – Florida is not the only state where people are elevated to power that obviously do not care one bit for the majority of people.

    Blaming the officials – in hindsight – might be just and right … but the people voting those into power are at least equally responsible.

  28. If these facilities and their owners were restricted from being for-profit business entities and instead were service organizations these tragedies could be almost entirely avoided. The facility would have most likely been updated as necessary to do what is best for the patients instead of doing what is best for profit. Greed strikes again in America.

  29. Abuses happened in Texas after Rita, during the evac, one bus full of people on O2 burned costing all their lives, inadequate care being the ultimate reason why. These "pros" need to go to jail for a decade

  30. Are nursing homes in other states or anywhere else also not listed as critical facilities in power outages by their local power suppliers? Can't we make that disaster preparedness and disaster management plan the new standard now? Is it a municipal and power company cost issue? Perhaps they try to focus on fixing the big problem rather than helping as many critical facilities.

  31. I flew back to Miami on Tuesday, and it was 90 degrees. This is inexcusable! Rick Scott should also be held accountable. In 2011, he fired an ombudsman (Brian Lee) who was holding these facilities accountable. Ironically, Lee scrutinized their ability to provide for their patients during hurricanes. The nursing homes were complaining that he was too critical of them, so Rick Scott fired him.  Here's the 2011 article from Long-term Care News: http://www.mcknights.com/news/florida-ombudsman-ousted-after-asking-nursing-homes-for-detailed-ownership-information/article/195933/

  32. When I was an EMT on a non-emergency transport ambulance, we got a call from a nursing home for a woman who was suddenly unresponsive. We showed up and it was obvious that she had had a stroke. I asked the staff to call 911 because the patient needed a paramedic and we were only EMTs on my rig. They played all kinds of games trying to avoid calling 911 because, they finally said, the hospital gets investigated every time they have to call. I ended up getting my patient a paramedic from the fire department but we wasted precious time. The longer a person suffers from a stroke before they can intervene at the hospital, the less likely it is that they will recover.

    Another time, I took a patient to a nursing home and they wanted me to leave my patient who couldn't get out of bed in a broken bed with no pillow. I had to fight the staff just to get my patient adequate accommodations and it's not like she could have gotten up and gotten them for herself.

    Another time, I happened to hear atrial fibrillation in my patient while I was doing a standard exam on him during transport. I casually mentioned it to the staff at the nursing home because it wasn't listed as one of his conditions in his chart. Instead of thanking me or at least listening to the patient's heart for themselves, the staff yelled at me because I wasn't supposed to technically know about a fib. Of course you only have to be an EMT for a very short time before you've heard enough a fib to know it when you hear it and she could have listened for herself but no!

    Having said all of that, there's usually people at every facility who deeply care about the patients and the importance of their job. It's just that the bad ones always are more prominent than the people who quietly do their jobs right.

  33. that's what happens when you vote prolife / tongue way in cheek. jeb fukt up education. screwed accountability.. drop wages. cause homophobia.. blame everything on anyone not white right? bs

  34. scumbag sadists. shills. criminals. maybe those smartphones not so smart. maybe Facebook just hate book. where's the cannabis jobs. !?. how many gop or corporate welfare hoops good people have to jump through ?! Colorado made so much tax rev they may not have to pay taxes that use to be taken out of other sectors..etc. wtf

  35. GOP Darling & Illinois Governor, Bruce Rauner got his over four $BILLION$….investing in ABUSE-FOR-PROFIT nursing homes in Florida! Google nursing homes+rape. They'll hire ANYBODY, As long as the labor is as cheap as possible. Rauner then sold his to a patient with dementia, to escape the judgement fines, and they *allowed it. Look it up. The IL governor's deeds are also a matter of public record.

  36. Historically and functionally, grandparents belong at home with their grandchildren. It is the dismantling of the traditional family and our modern attitude towards death that has produced things like nursing homes. It is a form of elderly segregation and a life sentence for those admitted.

  37. Pivoting from the story (told by a good reporter) to Climate Change and a regulation/deregulation discussion seems extremely distasteful, even shameless, given the human tragedy here. Your own report says that the staff was "frantically" taking action, albeit inadequate ones. Of course the police are going to open a criminal investigation. That's what a competent police department would do. Blaming this one people making little more than minimum wage during a disaster is repulsive to me. FPL's response rules about nursing homes lies at the crux of this, based on all of the information given up to the 7:20 point, which is when I stopped watching.
    Deregulated & Unaccountable: For-Profit Nursing Homes in Florida Face Scrutiny After Irma Deaths. What a shameless opportunistic,and inflammatory headline to have for a tragedy like this. MOREOVER, it is regulated. That's why there is a police investigation. You are not allowed to let people die, due to incompetence. (Which is being investigated.)
    YOU (DN) are the ones acting like you are unaccountable.
    Plenty of chances to discuss regulations and for-profit V Nonprofit. To do it at this moment is sleezy in the extreme.

  38. THE DEATH WAREHOUSES IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA ARE AS BAD OR WORSE THAN THE FACILITY IN FLORIDA, CRIMINALLY INVESTIGATE ALL OF QUALITY LIFE SERVICES DEATH HOUSE WAREHOUSES IN PA…ANY QUESTIONS? INVESTIGATE THOSE FACILITIES…ACTUALLY INVESTIGATE THE FILTHY MRSA RIDDEN CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE IN ABUSE AND NEGLECT!!!!!!

  39. INVESTIGATIONS ARE RARELY ACTUALLY PERFORMED, TO PROTECT THE OWNERS, AND AREA AGENCIES ON AGING ARE ALWAYS COMPLICIT!!!!!!

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