White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki insisted Friday that President Biden was not trying to help a friend’s significant other get preferential treatment when he called a Pennsylvania hospital to ask why the distressed woman waited so long in the emergency room for to be treated.
“It was certainly not his intention. He did not try. He checked in on a friend, “Psaki told Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy, who had asked:” How often does President Biden call around to help his friends cut the border? ”
Biden claimed during remarks pushing vaccination mandates in Illinois on Thursday that he had spent the previous night on the phone with a receptionist desk nurse at the unidentified hospital after a friend told the president that his partner “had trouble breathing, had high fever and could not really breathe.
“And they got her into the hospital, but the waiting room was so crowded, things were so backed up that they could not even get her to be seen at first,” Biden said, adding, “I called the desk and received a nurse and asked what the situation was … And to make a long story short, it took a while because everyone – not everyone – the vast majority of emergency rooms and doctors were busy taking care of COVID patients. ”
The president insisted: “I did not complain, because by the way, they are kicking the living hell out of them. Doctors and nurses, some of them are just – they run out. I really mean it. They get the living hell kicked out of them, and sometimes physically. ”
In the White House on Friday, Doocy Psaki asked “what happened next” after the president, in his own words, “asked what the situation was.”
Psaki responded by describing the “context” of the story, which she said was that “hospitals, front lines, nurses, emergency room doctors still see and feel the impact of the number of unvaccinated people filling beds and in emergency rooms, ICUs. And it prevents in some cases people who have other diseases, who may be seeking treatment, who may be afraid of a heart attack, other people who may go to the emergency room, from getting the treatment they need.
“I have no other update for this person’s privacy,” Psaki added, almost like an afterthought.
After the “cut the line” exchange, Doocy asked if the hospital may have had staffing problems “because they have a vaccination mandate, and maybe some people have had to leave because they did not want to be vaccinated?”
“I would love for you to explain to me where that is the issue more than the number of unvaccinated filling emergency rooms and filling ICU beds,” Psaki shot back. “That’s the problem in hospitals across the country.”
In recent days, hospitals and healthcare systems across the United States have begun firing employees who refuse to receive COVID-19 vaccines.
In New York, the deadline for hospital and nursing home staff to get their first shot was September 27th. Earlier this week, The Post reported that nursing homes hoping to fill vacancies are being told by the State Department of Health that “we do not have any staff to offer you or other nursing homes.”