Skip to comments.Honore: Ex-La. governor halted hospital reopening
Posted on 07/14/2009 6:56:35 PM PDT by Mr. Jazzy
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Weeks after Hurricane Katrina slammed New Orleans and worsened the medical plight of the city's poor, then-Gov. Kathleen Blanco said the publicly run Charity Hospital would not reopen, even though the military had scrubbed the building to medical-ready standards, the retired Army general who oversaw the work said.
In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Lt. Gen. Russel Honore said Blanco told him in late September 2005 the 20-story building that served the region's poor residents would not reopen.
"'Ma'am, we got the hospital clean, my people report ... if you want to use it,'" Honore recalled telling Blanco. "Her reply to me: 'Well general, we're not going to open it, we're working on a different plan.'"
Honore's revelation raises questions of whether state officials used Katrina as an excuse to leverage federal financing for a new public hospital.
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Working on a plan to destroy President Bush even if meant allowing Louisiana citizens to die.
These people expect us to trust them with governing?
Blanco lied, people died?
Moises said state officials used Katrina as an excuse to close Charity and ask FEMA for the money to build a new medical complex. Moises said: "It was their orchestrated plan. It was, 'How can we manipulate the disaster for institutional gains?'"
I knew this was their game from the beginning. I've been in that hospital building - there's no way that some temporary flooding or roof damage could do any permanent harm. It's built like a fortress. So it's not the latest, glossy example of the architect's art... the patients don't care how pretty or new the building is.
All that greed has done is cripple the nearby teaching hospitals. LSU and Tulane medical centers depended heavily on Charity for teaching cases. Now, the money isn't coming and many of the medical jobs have been cut back.
Naturally, Blanco denies all. Gee... who should I believe - the General or the mouth-breathing Democrat politician? Speaking of, maybe Nagin shouldn't have dressed up (mockingly) like Gen. Honore on the Mardi Gras after Katrina, huh?
Keep in mind that Blanco was being advised by bubba and she refused to allow President Bush to call for an evacuation for three days before the hurricane hit.
They thought they would clean up on FEMA dollars.