Biden blasts Trump for saying doctors are using Covid to boost payments

Source: Politico | October 30, 2020 | Nick Niedzwiadek

The head of the American Medical Association also denounced the attacks on the motivations of health care workers.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Friday decried President Donald Trump for alleging medical providers are juicing Covid-19 statistics to generate additional revenue.

“The president of the United States is accusing the medical profession of making up Covid deaths so they make more money,” Biden said at a drive-in campaign event in St. Paul, Minn. “Doctors and nurses go to work every day to save lives. They do their jobs. Donald Trump should stop attacking them and do his job.”

At a rally in Michigan earlier in the afternoon, Trump said “our doctors get more money if someone dies from Covid,” and so “when in doubt choose Covid.”

“Our doctors are smart people, so what they do is say ‘I’m sorry but, you know, everybody dies of Covid,’” Trump continued, asserting that each coronavirus death was worth “like $2,000 more” without providing further details.

The head of the American Medical Association on Friday denounced attacks on the motivations of health care workers during the pandemic as “malicious, outrageous and comply misguided,” without mentioning Trump by name.

Trump’s comments came the same day that the United States officially exceeded 9 million confirmed cases of Covid-19, just two weeks after it surpassed the 8 million mark as the virus continues to spread throughout much of the country.

Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, told governors on a call Friday that a third of the country, or 1,200 counties, meets the definition of a “hot spot” — including in places like Wisconsin, which Trump campaigned following the Michigan event.

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