2. COVID-19 did not create the problems at nursing homes. It exposed them.

The GAO found that between 2013 and 2017, 82% of the nation's 15,000 nursing homes had "an infection prevention and control deficiency cited in one or more years."

3. The nursing home industry "has spent more than $4M on lobbying over the past year, employing more than a dozen full-time lobbyists."

It recently hired "Brian Ballard, former lobbyist for President Donald Trump"

16 states have granted them immunity https://popular.info/p/legal-immunity-from-grandma
5. One issue is that nursing home staff is severely underpaid, often making little more than minimum wage.

This forces many to work at multiple facilities, a practice that now spreads the virus

Granting immunity will likely prompt more cost cutting https://popular.info/p/legal-immunity-from-grandma
6. The problems in the nursing home industry have been exacerbated in recent years by private equity investment

Private equity firms have spent billions acquiring nursing homes, leading to "cost-cutting, declining quality of care & increasing violations" https://popular.info/p/legal-immunity-from-grandma
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