Biden Brutally Fact-Checked, Slapped With 4 Pinocchios From Washington Post For Outrageous Claim About Hospital Beds

Biden got fact-checked and got four Pinocchios after making comments regarding hospital beds and patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

“You know, if we don’t do something about Alzheimer’s in America, every single, solitary hospital bed that exists in America — as the nurses can tell you — every single one will be occupied in the next 15 years with an Alzheimer’s patient — every one,” Biden stated in May.

“And I say to the press here, if we don’t do something, for example about Alzheimer’s, every single bed in American hospitals today will be occupied by someone with Alzheimer’s within 20 years, every single bed.”

Kessler said the remark was “one of those classic Biden factoids — an assertion with specific numbers that seems to change in each telling.”

“Alzheimer’s patients spend time in hospital beds but that is not where they end up. Hospitalization is often considered harmful and costly for people with dementia, so the less time spent in a hospital, the better.”

Marie Johnson shared, “We track total beds throughout the years as part of AHA Statistics but we don’t make projections.”

“Hospitals and health systems are constantly planning for the future to ensure they meet the needs of patients and communities.”

“But he shouldn’t gild the lily with figures that seem plucked from thin air — which might also explain why they change depending on the day.”

“Contrary to his claim, our calculations show that in 2040 there would still be plenty of hospital beds even with the anticipated increase in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.”

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“The president earns Four Pinocchios.”

From The Western Journal:

President Joe Biden received The Washington Post’s highest rating for untruth after recent comments about hospital beds and patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

In a “fact check” on Thursday, the Post’s Glenn Kessler noted that Biden made shifting claims about the need to address the degenerative disease. The Post used the word “nonsensical” in its headline to describe the president’s words.

That was an even more dire prediction than one Biden made in March, since he’d moved up the doomsday date by five years.

Kessler called the comment “one of those classic Biden factoids — an assertion with specific numbers that seems to change in each telling.”

In trying to assess the claim the Post said it “consulted with many experts on Alzheimer’s disease, but they were stumped, too. This seems to be a Biden original.”

The Post said that in sifting through research and data, it was admittedly generous to Biden by using figures for dementia, but that Biden’s numbers were still way off.

The Post noted that Biden’s claim overlooked a major issue: “Alzheimer’s patients spend time in hospital beds but that is not where they end up. Hospitalization is often considered harmful and costly for people with dementia, so the less time spent in a hospital, the better.”

When the Post put the data together, it estimated that there could be about 7 million hospital stays a year related to dementia, with hospitals currently logging 36 million stays.

In an estimate of hospital beds, the Post projected that about 440,000 of America’s 920,000 acute care hospital beds could be taken up by patients suffering from dementia.

Again, that falls short of Biden’s comments.

The Post further noted that if demand increases, supply could increase as well.

The Post said Biden’s effort to call attention to Alzheimer’s was “a laudable aspiration”

1 COMMENT

  1. The subsequent time I learn a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as a lot as this one. I mean, I know it was my option to read, however I really thought youd have something attention-grabbing to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you possibly can repair when you werent too busy on the lookout for attention.

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