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🔷🔷REVEALED🔶🔶 The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that former California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) sold or gave away the state’s stockpile of ventilators and mobile hospital units, which had been created by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R). The reason: the last recession, which hollowed out state finances in Schwarzenegger’s final years in office, meant Brown had to cut spending. But once the state’s finances recovered, the emergency supplies were never restored. The Times reported that Gov. Schwarzenegger, noting the national outrage at the mismanagement of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, and concerned about a SARS outbreak in Asia, spent $200 on medical disaster preparedness. The equipment included “three 200-bed mobile hospitals,” plus “50 million N95 respirators” and “2,400 portable ventilators.” The cost of maintaining the emergency stockpile was less than $6 million per year, the Times noted. However, that funding was cut — and despite queries by state legislators, it was never restored.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
LA Times reported Friday that former California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) sold or gave away the state’s stockpile of ventilators and mobile hospital units
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