Levine’s culpability in the deaths of many thousands of elderly Pennsylvanians should have rendered the doctor unfit for office. Rather than Levine’s transgender status being incidental to the appointment, it’s easy to see it’s not merely the reason the doctor was tapped for the appointment out of all the health officials in the country but is also the only thing that protected Levine from his awful conduct as health secretary in Pennsylvania.
Amid the COVID-19 panic, the country needed Biden to appoint people to lead HHS with records of competence, not a scandal-plagued diversity pick. But in Rachel Levine, that’s exactly what he chose.
Levine skated through five years in state government without much controversy while being celebrated as an LGBT hero and getting adoring coverage from corporate media outlets. Once the spread of COVID-19 put the spotlight on Levine, however, it quickly became clear that, far from being a medical or administrative genius, Levine was just another Democrat bureaucrat using the pandemic to seize powers.
In concert with Wolf, Levine assisted in implementing far-reaching lockdowns that, as the evidence from states like Florida demonstrates, did little good and much harm.
All told, more than 10,000 of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 victims died in nursing homes while Levine was the state’s health secretary. Equally damning, however, is that much of the data about the nursing home deaths in Pennsylvania that should have been forthcoming from the state’s health department is missing. Indeed, from this it’s reasonable to surmise that the toll of deaths may well be greater than Levine and Wolf have admitted and that a Cuomo-style cover-up may be behind the problem.
Worse, at the height of the pandemic last May, Levine’s own 95-year-old mother was whisked out of a nursing home to safety elsewhere. Levine blamed his mother’s preference for the decision and the event was dismissed by left-wing media enablers as merely a case of “bad optics.” Instead, it is evidence that Levine knew those in nursing homes were at risk. Using that insider knowledge, Levine took advantage of an opportunity other Pennsylvanians didn’t have.
Levine should have been called before the bar of justice to account for what is, at best, a case of criminal negligence.
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