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Biden’s Assistant HHS Secretary Pick Moved Mother Out of Nursing Home After Ordering Them to Accept COVID Patients

By Melanie Arter | January 19, 2021 | 12:52pm EST
Transgender Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine (Screenshot)
Transgender Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine (Screenshot)

Transgender Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine, who was tapped by President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday to be assistant HHS secretary, faced scrutiny last year for moving her own mother out of a nursing home after ordering all nursing homes and long-term care facilities to accept COVID patients from hospitals.

The Daily Caller reported in May 2020 that Levine admitted she pulled her mother out 11 days after issuing the order on March 29. Levine’s admission came after a local TV station discovered what the secretary had done.

“My mother requested, and my sister and I as her children complied to move her to another location during the COVID-19 outbreak,” Levine said.

“My mother is 95 years old. She is very intelligent and more than competent to make her own decisions,” Levine added.

Levine faced calls for her to resign over the incident.

“Our secretary of health, Dr. Levine, decided that it would be good to allow COVID-positive patients to be returned to elder-care facilities. And as a result of that, it broke out like fire,” Republican state Sen. Doug Mastriano said at a rally in May calling for Levine’s resignation.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sparked similar outrage for ordering nursing homes to accept COVID patients last year.

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