Michigan’s Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer just got hit with some bad news when four medical groups and a patient seeking knee surgery in her state filed a lawsuit against her claiming that her strict coronavirus stay-at-home order is “drastic” and “unconstitutional.”
The lawsuit was reportedly filed on May 12 by Grand Health Partners in Grand Rapids, Wellston Medical Center in Wellston, Primary Health Services in Ludington, and Jeffery Gulick, a Michigan man who wants to get knee replacement surgery, according to MLive.
The lawsuit names Whitmer along with Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon, and it calls for the immediate reopening of healthcare facilities for medical procedures that have been dubbed “nonessential.”
“During a press conference on Monday, April 27, 2020, Governor Whitmer acknowledged that the curve has flattened in Michigan,” the lawsuit stated. “Graphics depicted that while Governor Whitmer’s administration anticipated 220,000 patients being hospitalized without social distancing efforts, there had only been 3,000 hospitalizations as of April 27. That is less than 1.4% of the projected COVID-19 hospitalizations underlying the Governor’s declared states of emergency and disaster.”
The lawsuit goes on to state that the Centers for Disease Control forecasts of coronavirus cases and deaths were “grossly inaccurate,” which predicted as many as 214 million cases with 1.7 million deaths. So far, there have been just 1.4 million cases with 86,000 deaths worldwide.
“Meanwhile, 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 lawsuit states. “Thousands of healthcare workers across Michigan have been furloughed or laid off.”
“The executive orders are unconstitutionally vague; they violate procedural and substantive due process; and they violate the dormant commerce clause,” the lawsuit adds of Whitmer’s state of emergency declaration.
This comes one week after Whitmer was hit with lawsuits from the state House and Senate when she extended her infamous stay-at-home order through May 28.
“Only the Legislature has the power to extend the state of emergency,” Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield said, with Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey adding, “The Legislature is left with no choice but to seek the court’s intervention to restore constitutional order.”
Whitmer has been hit with widespread backlash for her stay-at-home orders, which are infamous for being some of the strictest in the nation.