US Ebola Crisis: The New York Daily News issued a scathing rebuke of President Obama and the continuing fall-out from the handling of the Ebola cases rocking Texas, saying “America needs a better Ebola plan.” Too bad the President Obama who showed up in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy is M.I.A. Don’t get me wrong, I want my president to succeed, but I am also not afraid to criticize him when needed. Let’s not give an “October Surprise” to the Republican Party in the upcoming midterm elections.
It’s also very ironic that former White House press secretary Jay Carney jabbed his former boss, saying that “substantive actions” need to be taken in the Ebola fight, such as travel restrictions. He told CNN on Thursday, “I think substantive actions need to be taken, and they may involve flight restrictions, they may involve moving all patients to specific hospitals in the country that can handle Ebola, and I think those would be wise decisions to make.” Carney added, “I’m not an expert, but I think that would demonstrate a level of seriousness in response to this that is merited at this point.”
Later on Wednesday, after cancelling a congressional campaign trip to Connecticut, President Obama said that the U.S. would become more aggressive in coordinating the national response to Ebola, including sending a CDC team to any hospital with a confirmed Ebola case.
But, by stopping short of issuing mandatory protocols, the President again fell back on the catch-as-catch-can system that produced such disastrous results in Dallas. He did so at the peril of health-care providers and the public — because trust that individual hospitals here, there and everywhere would perform superbly is decidedly misplaced.
Frieden acknowledged that he erred badly in assuming that virtually any hospital could stop the spread of Ebola by following proper protocols. Cluelessness about those protocols appears to remain widespread.
Neither Obama nor Frieden had the sense to issue directives with the firm, clear quality of standards sought by National Nurses United, representing thousands of nurses across the country.
The group called on Obama to order hospitals to follow procedures used at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, a leading infectious disease facility, as well as to set requirements for protective equipment, staffing levels and training. Source: NY Daily News
I can’t solely blame President Obama for this mess. It’s not his fault that incompetence reigns supreme in this crisis. The Centers for Disease Control, specifically Director Thomas Frieden, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas are also culpable. It seems like a case of the blind leading the blind. I am amazed at how then-candidate Barack Obama ran a stellar presidential campaign, followed that up with a great reelection campaign, only to become a Waffler-in-Chief. Nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson were led like sheep to the slaughter following the shocking misdiagnosis of patient zero, Thomas Eric Duncan. The level of incompetence at this hospital is worthy of a lawsuit, not only from the family of Mr. Duncan, but also one from all the nurses placed in harm’s way — optional training via webinar, nurses protecting their necks with tape, failure to isolate Thomas Eric Duncan, denying his family’s request for a blood transfusion early on, failing to send crucial medical tests through routine delivery systems, etc. The list goes on. We are supposed to be the superpower on all fronts. This is simply a disgrace. No. It’s bigger than a disgrace. It’s a travesty.