This kills me. There is no reason that rescue and retrieval teams could not be assembled ahead of the storm, ready to go in as soon as it it passed. It is Intuitively Obvious™ to know the locations of each hospital and to move in immediately to rescue the patients. These people should not have been dying three days later.
Blame remains with the White House, both for failure to prepare before the storm, and for setting up a system that continues to impede aid efforts. Shrub's refusal to "play the blame game" comes only because he knows he loses. But it is also shared at the state and local level. Any of them could have staged or deployed assets. None did.