The COVID-19 pandemic has been a major health crisis for the nation and ironically a major financial crisis for the health care industry. The government’s response to COVID-19 is also quickly becoming a source of major political, and now legal contention.
Last week, a group of medical professionals filed a lawsuit against Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The lawsuit filed in federal court alleges that Whitmer’s “drastic and unprecedented” executive actions were based on “grossly inaccurate” models that no longer apply and therefore should be lifted.” The filing goes on to say that, “Medical providers are on the brink of financial ruin, facing extreme revenue shortages caused by the governor’s order forcing the postponement or cancellation of so-called ‘non-essential’ procedures.”
The law suit has been filed by the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation and the Miller Johnson Law Firm. The lawsuit further claims that thousands of healthcare workers across Michigan have been furloughed, and hospitals and patients are left facing backlogs on procedures that will create a public health catastrophe of its own.
Reporting for WGRT – Marty Doorn