DHS Inspector General Issued Fraudulent Report Claiming 86% of Hospitals Were Prepared For a Pandemic… in 2018!

In April 2019, then-HHS Inspector General Daniel Levinson resigned his post effective May 31. His resignation letter to the president did not provide a reason for his departure.

Levinson had served for the duration of Barack Obama’s presidency.

Joanne Chiedi, Levinson’s longtime deputy, took over as acting inspector general on June 1, 2019. Chiedi retired in December 2019, and in January 2020, Christi Grimm took over the office, becoming the Principal Deputy Inspector General for HHS OIG. 

Grimm began her career at the Department of Health and Human Services in 1999.

The revolving door in the OIG’s office may be explained by this recent report from John Solomon:

(JustTheNews) As a new flu season was approaching in fall 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services inspector general issued a report telling the Trump administration there was good news on the pandemic front: Long-struggling hospitals had fortified their preparedness for an infectious disease outbreak.

Just a few short years after 71% of American hospital executives warned they were ill-prepared for a disease outbreak like the 2014 Ebola virus, 86% were reporting they were prepared and ready, the department’s inspector general declared.

The report was a bald-faced lie at worst, or the product of lazy oversight at best.  Either way, President Trump relied on that report and as a result people died.

In April of this year, after she had been in charge of oversight for three months, Grimm produced a report that better reflected the conditions following the Ebola outbreak:

Hospital Experiences Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Key Takeaway

Hospitals reported that their most significant challenges centered on testing and caring for patients with known or suspected COVID-19 and keeping staff safe. Hospitals also reported substantial challenges maintaining or expanding their facilities’ capacity to treat patients with COVID-19. Hospitals described specific challenges, mitigation strategies, and needs for assistance related to personal protective equipment (PPE), testing, staffing, supplies and durable equipment; maintaining or expanding facility capacity; and financial concerns.

Ms. Grimm had previously served as the Chief of Staff and Deputy Inspector General from 2014 at HHS until her promotion.  She had to have known the contents of the 2018 assessment given to Secretary Azar.

In her current capacity as Principal Deputy Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG) she either came into office knowing the deficiencies that existed and ignored them, or worse deliberately waited for people to die, chaos to set in… the optimum time to release the April report to inflict maximum political damage on the current administration.

What was Grimm’s motivation?  Here’s a clue…

Instead of delivering her survey to the coronavirus task force members, including Assistant Secretary for HHS Admiral Brett Giroir, Ms. Grimm gave preliminary and incomplete results of her survey to members of the resistance media.

The upstart here is that Democrats, and their allies in the Marxist media are blaming President Trump for relying on the report prepared by an Obama holdover.  Notice a pattern here, or here,or here, or here?