Michigan Auditor General Investigates Gov. Whitmer’s Needless Nursing Home Deaths

Michigan Auditor General Investigates Gov. Whitmer’s Needless Nursing Home Deaths


Michigan’s government oversight leader is beginning an investigation into Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s role in the high number of state nursing home deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns.

Auditor General Doug Ringler unveiled the investigation a week ago during hearings in the House Oversight Committee, where Republicans questioned the accuracy of Michigan’s coronavirus fatality data in long-term care facilities.

Some lawmakers speculate that the number of reported deaths is undercounted because the total does not include those who died in smaller or home-based facilities. Meanwhile, the state health director said facilities operate on a “self-reported” basis. State GOP Rep. Steve Johnson had urged Ringler in a letter last month to look into Michigan’s “underreported” senior citizen data.

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“In our recent House Oversight Committee hearing, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Director Hertel admitted that because not all types of facilities are required to report deaths, not all have done so,” Johnson said, remarking upon Elizabeth Hertel’s testimony in

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