Michigan’s new Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer was one of the first governors in the nation to shut down schools and businesses after only two cases of coronavirus had been detected in the state. Many questioned her reaction to the virus. Was she really acting in the best case of all Michigan citizens? What about the economy in Michigan that President Trump and his administration had worked so hard to bring back? Could it survive a shut down of this magnitude?
Michigan citizens were willing to give her a pass, however, saying her draconian measures were in the best interests of everyone living in Michigan to help keep us safe. When Whitmer enacted more draconian measures last week, threatening Michigan citizens with misdemeanors if they’re caught leaving their homes for anything other than essential business, citizens again, questioned her tactics, saying she had crossed the line, but again, they acquiesced, believing that she had our best interests in mind when making the decision to shut down the state for 3 more weeks.
Today, conservative Kathy Hoekstra wrote a scathing op-ed in the Detroit News, revealing that Michigan’s governor may not have our best interests in mind after all. In her op-ed, Hoekstra exposed incredible threats made by the radical governor of Michigan against physicians and pharmacists in her state if they dare to prescribe or fill prescriptions for hydroxychloroquine, a drug that’s been used for decades to prevent malaria.
President Trump was recently criticized by the left for touting the success of the combination of hydroxychloroquine used in combination with azithromycin in coronavirus test trials, during recent press conferences.
An excerpt from Kathy Hoekstra’s Detroit News Op-Ed – Michigan has tested more than 9,100 people for coronavirus by Thursday afternoon. Of those, 6,550 have tested negative and nearly 2,500 tested positive. To date, there are 60 deaths attributed to the coronavirus in Michigan
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs literally threatened all doctors and pharmacists in the state who prescribe or dispense hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19.
The agency’s March 24 letter warns physicians and pharmacists of professional consequences for the prescribing of hydroxychloroquine (and chloroquine). Beyond the rational recommendation against hoarding as production of this medication needs to be ramped up, the letter deviates into open threats of “administrative action” against the licenses of doctors that prescribe hydroxychloroquine.
The letter also instructs pharmacists to ignore physician orders for this medication. Due to the debate over a pharmacist’s right to refuse to fill medications that go against their religious beliefs, this could place pharmacists in the unprecedented position of being told that they must fill prescriptions that violate their “conscience (religious belief)” but must not fill prescriptions to treat COVID-19.
Even worse, the letter indicates health care providers are “required to report” their fellow physicians who are prescribing these medications. This draconian measure carries ominous Gestapo-like overtones of neighbor reporting neighbor to “authorities.”
During a time of crisis, in which physicians continue to see patients despite not having enough protective gear, this threatening, authoritarian stance from our governor is counterproductive at best.
These well-known drugs have very favorable safety profiles. Several small studies have shown significant reduction in viral loads and symptom improvement when combining these medications in COVID-19 patients. Though these studies are small and do not prove efficacy, the results were so promising that the authors of the most famous study concluded:
“We therefore recommend that COVID-19 patients be treated with hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin to cure their infection and to limit the transmission of the virus to other people in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the world.”
What makes this directive more of a head-scratcher is that the same day the state issued its threatening nastygram to Michigan’s health care providers, Whitmer’s counterpart in New York started clinical trials of the very same drugs.
With his state now the nation’s pandemic epicenter, and with the blessing and help of the president and FDA, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo brought in 70,000 doses of hydroxychloroquine, 10,000 doses of Zithromax and 750,000 doses of chloroquine.
The implications of Whitmer and her administration’s knee-jerk scare tactics should terrify all Michigan residents. Not only is our state’s top leader threatening the selfless health care workers who are on the frontline trying to save lives, but she’s denying possible life-saving medications to actual COVID-19 victims.
The far-left, first-term governor, Gretchen Whitmer, who was chosen to deliver the rebuttal speech to President Trump’s incredible State of the Union speech in January, is rumored to be Democrat presidential frontrunner Joe Biden’s top pick for vice president. We’ll keep our eye on any new developments.