While in conversation with a constituent, she reportedly claimed: “These healthcare providers and others are reimbursed at a higher rate if Covid is tied to it, so what do you think they’re doing?”
Ernst was asked to explain her comments after the event. Rather than distancing herself from the conspiracy theory, she instead reiterated the same unfounded remarks:
“They do get reimbursed higher amounts if it’s a Covid-related illness or death,” adding. “I heard the same thing on the news. … They’re thinking there may be 10,000 or less deaths that were actually singularly Covid-19. … I’m just really curious. It would be interesting to know that.”
With the news that Ernst has received the vaccine before thousands working on the frontline in healthcare, people were naturally outraged.
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