He says that when NYC is done, they will ship the ventilators back to the originating source. He says this will work because different states will "peak" at different times.
This is the old shell game where the pea is not under the shell you are directed to look at.
The number of NEW cases will peak at different times. However, the need for ventilators will lag the discovery of new cases and, once a patient is hooked up to one, removing them from the ventilator is premeditated murder if that patient dies.
So New York City will be a black hole that sucks up all the "extra" ventilators in the nation and many of the patients will still be plugged into them three weeks after they were diagnosed. Oh, and that peak is not very sharp. NYC will continue to generate cases that indicate the need for a ventilator for WEEKS after the peak.
The up-state hospitals that shipped their ventilators will not get them in time as the cases peak in less densely populated areas.
So Cuomo's plan is to send the National Guard, armed, to hospitals to collect ventilators out of inventory. They will be transported to NYC where they are running out of respiratory professionals to use the ventilators so they will either not get used or will be used inappropriately.
And at this time 65% of the patients who go on the ventilators die anyway. Sucks to have something other than Covid-19 in out-state NY and need a ventilator. I guess Cuomo doesn't need ANY out-state votes to get re-elected.
If I managed any of those out-state hospitals, I would coach my respiratory professionals that if they didn't have a patient plugged into one then they were going to lose it. So if they had a patient that they thought might-maybe need it in the future, to plug them in NOW. After all, Cuomo can't tell doctors to unplug them because he would be guilty of first degree murder if that patient died.
Just saying, that knife cuts both ways.
***Added later***Cuomo said he will return the ventilators or pay for them. Let's look at both options.
Is it possible that the returned ventilators will not be returned with all the pieces parts? Maybe it will come with a random bag of loose parts that may, or may not fit that model of ventilator. Maybe it won't even come with a full kit, that is, it will come back with some necessary parts missing or non-functional. Perhaps all the consumables will be consumed.
Cuomo's hands are tied with regards to repaying. New York is broke. He cannot pay this year but maybe he can pay next year. Even if he could pay cash-on-the-barrel-hea, there are no ventilators to be bought NOW. An electronic transfer of funds into the "donating" hospital's account does the cardiac patient no good when he needs a ventilator NOW, this very minute.