President Donald Trump’s rhetoric is a dangerous scourge upon the United States. At a Friday rally in Michigan, Trump pushed the conspiracy theory that doctors have been artificially inflating Coronavirus death tolls in order to “get more money.” This claim is vitriolic and unhinged — and it’s coming from the president of the United States. To be unequivocally clear: there is no conspiracy on the part of the medical community to artificially inflate Coronavirus death tolls in order to increase their profits. There’s no apparent evidence that improperly attributing deaths to the Coronavirus would even get hospitals more money. Trump is lying.
Healthcare workers have been putting their lives on the line throughout this pandemic, and the president of the United States is reacting by accusing them of partially manufacturing the very real Coronavirus crisis at hand. Trump ranted to the crowd:
‘Our doctors get more money if somebody dies from COVID. You know that, right? I mean, our doctors are very smart people. So what they do is they say, I’m sorry, but everybody dies of COVID. But in Germany and other places, if you have a heart attack, or if you have cancer, you’re terminally ill, you catch COVID, they say you died of cancer, you died of heart attack. With us, when in doubt, choose COVID. It’s true. You know it’s true.’
Watch Trump’s deceptive comments below:
"Our doctors get more money if someone dies from Covid. You know that, right? I mean, our doctors are very smart people." — Trump pushes a baseless conspiracy that greedy American health care workers are overcounting coronavirus deaths pic.twitter.com/fsajGTvvN3
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 30, 2020
The president is unequivocally lying. No matter any differences among countries in their respective ways of tabulating Coronavirus casualties, there is no conspiracy among American medical personnel to improperly attribute deaths to the Coronavirus — period. Suggesting that the only “real” Coronavirus deaths are those where pre-existing conditions weren’t present is deranged. Millions of Americans have pre-existing conditions — and over 225,000 Americans have died while battling the Coronavirus.
Physicians’ groups have spoken out against the president’s allegations of a conspiracy to tie deaths to the Coronavirus that are really from some other cause. The American College of Physicians (ACP) called Trump’s remarks “a reprehensible attack on physicians’ ethics and professionalism” after a previous occasion when he made the same claim. The American Medical Association (AMA) also spoke out after the same earlier incident, tamping down “misinformation about how patients are counted” and insisting that “physicians are not inflating the numbers of COVID-19 patients.” Leaders of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) also chimed in, calling the president’s rhetoric “irresponsible and dangerous.”
— AMA (@AmerMedicalAssn) October 25, 2020