Once again, Obama opens the door....
In 2010 the Obama administration killed draft rules of the Center for Disease Control, per President Bush in 2005, that would have quarantined visitors with possible infectious diseases, including Ebola. As reported in the Daily Caller:
The regulations proposed under the Bush administration would have granted the federal government a power of “provisional quarantine” to confine airline passengers involuntarily for up to three days if they exhibit symptoms of certain infectious diseases. Federal officials would also have been able to quarantine passengers exposed to people with those symptoms.
There was a fairly long list of diseases. It included smallpox, yellow fever, diphtheria, pandemic flu, infectious tuberculosis, cholera — and viral fevers such as Ebola.
Before the Obama administration withdrew the proposed new rules, CDC officials had emphasized that they would only invoke the involuntary “provisional quarantine” when someone exhibiting a set of symptoms refused to work with federal officials voluntarily.
Washington Free Beacon editor Matthew Continetti details Obama administration flim-flam re Ebola:
...It was in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where the president told the American people that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is not a threat to our country. President Obama said the chances of Ebola appearing in the United States are “extremely low.” If a carrier somehow finds his way to the 50 states, “We have world-class facilities and professionals ready to respond. And we have effective surveillance mechanisms in place.” Two weeks later ... the president was proven utterly wrong.
It is the same story as the fence-jumper: lax security, missed opportunities, hollow defenses. A Liberian national exposed to the terrible virus travels on a visa to visit his sister in Dallas. He has a three-hour layover in Dulles Airport. Upon his arrival in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area he exposes, at a minimum, 100 people, including children, to Ebola. When he visits a hospital looking for help, he is examined and sent away....
Again, the authorities behave irresponsibly and inscrutably. Again, the faces on our televisions say there is no cause for alarm. “I think the notion that we will not have an outbreak of Ebola here, more than just an isolated person or two, is very reliable and very true,” says MSNBC house doctor Zeke “If You Like Your Doctor You Can Pay More” Emanuel....
Another culprit: faulty electronic health-record software pushed by the feds since 2009, via financial pressure on providers; the Dallas hospital that released the Ebola patient did so due to a software glitch in records that kept key data from the examining physician. Worse, the hospital changed its story.
Examiner: How does the Ebola scare compare to the other outbreaks you have encountered, such at the 2009 flu pandemic?
Frieden: Ebola poses no significant threat to our domestic health system. U.S. hospitals are exceptionally well equipped to quickly identify and isolate people potentially infected with Ebola, limiting the opportunity for that person to infect others....
Examiner: How would you respond to the “too-little-too-late” criticisms on Ebola?
Frieden: For the past three years our top global priority has been to strengthen global health security along with our partner nations.... Unfortunately, conditions in West Africa — lack of health care infrastructure and isolation facilities, little personal protective equipment, crowded living conditions, and longstanding burial traditions that expose mourners to the body fluids of the deceased — facilitated Ebola’s spread....
Examiner: Could Ebola become airborne?
Frieden: Like all viruses, Ebola constantly undergoes genetic changes. The vast majority of these changes have no effect on how the virus acts. Sometimes these changes can increase the ease with which a virus spreads, other changes may have the opposite effect. It is rare for any virus to change the way it enters a human body. Ebola spreads through direct contact with body fluids. It does not linger in the air, and airborne spread is not currently a significant form of transmission. We cannot say that Ebola will never do this — the odds are non-zero, though [that] increases with every passing day of the outbreak — but our gut feeling is that it is unlikely.
But U.S. hospital readiness is questionable. Nurses says few hospitals are fully prepared for Ebola. Healthcare mavens Scott Gottleib & Tevi Troy urge a crash drugs/vaccine program because the spread of the virus cannot be contained.
And Saturday aftenoon a dad & daughter from Liberia were taken off a Brussels flight at Newark Airport, having whoopsed much of the flight.
Add "open borders" to political correctness & multiculturalism and the risk of an epidemic, if still low, intuitively seem larger than otherwise they would have been.
Adam White at TWS notes how after Katrina Senator Obama went after George Bush. White then offers this:
If Mitt Romney had said in 2012 that a second Obama term would bring not just continued economic uncertainty, but also the re-emergence of international terrorist forces, Russia's invasion of the Ukraine, an illegal immigration crisis, a knife-wielding madman in the White House, a beheading in Oklahoma, and the Ebola virus in Texas, even the president's most paranoid critics would have told him to calm down.
After Katrina, Senator Obama also ripped Bush for lack of preparation for the avian flu epidemic of 2005, one far less lethal than Ebola.
CNN reports Ebola is now an election issue.
Bottom Line. Ebola should be an election issue. Managerial competence, honesty with the public, avoidance of Pollyanna forecasting, should also be issues. We shall see come November 4.
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