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Obama Launches Drive to Counter Quarantine Movement

The White House is launching an aggressive, public campaign to counter the movement of some states – most notably New York and New Jersey – to quarantine American health care professionals who return from treating Ebola victims in West Africa.

Obama made an unscheduled statement on the South Lawn this afternoon to highlight what he said was the need to support health care workers when they return home, support which presumably would not include isolating them. And in a staged event designed to draw attention to the issue, Obama will meet at the White House Wednesday with a group of health care professionals who have been treating Ebola patients.

The combative, almost political nature of the effort suggests the fingerprints of Ebola coordinator Ron Klain, whose background is as a Democratic political operative. Nevertheless, the aggressive nature of the campaign also suggests the White House has concluded that quarantining health workers could have disastrous consequences for the effort to quash the disease.

The president today repeatedly insisted the protocols for the health workers should be guided by “science” and “facts,” implying that the moves to quarantine health workers were ultimately irrational.

“America in the end is not defined by fear,” Obama said. “We don’t just react based on our fears – we react based on judgments.”

Obama pressed the case that hampering the ability of U.S. health care workers to head to West Africa and back would imperil worldwide efforts to stop the disease before it gets to the United States.

“If we don’t have robust response in West Africa, we are endangering ourselves at home,” he said. “They are doing God’s work over there, and they’re doing that to keep us safe.”

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48 Responses to Obama Launches Drive to Counter Quarantine Movement

      • I think Obama thinks by appearing, challenging the states, making it all about federal control, the CDC, the Ebola Czar and so forth that the American public will come to believe that he is in charge and in control.

        Doubling down on stupid and never being challenged is what he does best.

        And, it is not about what is the reality for our boy king. It is about what he wants, believes and is willing to put out there.

    • Hell, he does this for kicks. For six long years, he has tremendously enjoyed destroying this country in any and every way he can. This d-bag hates America, always has.

      I wish the Republicans would coin a new phrase and say it’s time to end “The Obama administration’s war on America.” I’d prefer to just say Obama’s war on America, but I added “administration” so they don’t say it’s raaaacist.

  1. Will that Whiny Nurse be his new Sandra Fluke ?

    I still don’t understand why he just doesn’t want it contained “over there”. How is the rest of the world handling it? We never had Ebola in our country before ?

        • Well, she’s in Ft. Kent. So by definition, she’s in isolation. ;+].

          It’s a a goat rodeo up there, it looks like. Looks like “another fine mess, Ollie”.Here’s an except from the news account cited below:

          “There was disagreement Tuesday over Hickox’s status. The state said she agreed to be quarantined, but her lawyer Steve Hyman insisted there’s no quarantine.
          Hyman said the state should follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that require only monitoring, not quarantine, for health care workers who show no symptoms after treating Ebola patients.
          He said he expected Hickox to remain in seclusion for the “next day or so” while he works with Maine health officials.”

          http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/maines-ebola-protocols-quarantine-nurse-26501569

          • that’s harsh, Grace, and I can say that because I thought the same thing yesterday. Greta last nite on Fox changed my mind.

            you know how this administration does things, and you know the whole thing was handled in the most half-*ssed manner imaginable. that’s how they roll!

            so this nurse comes home after “doing God’s work” and all she probably wants to do is go home and watch American TV and have a cheeseburger. instead, she’s taken from the plane like a criminal, TREATED like a criminal from most accounts, and shut up in an unheated tent.

            Greta said “I bet if they’d treated her humanely she wouldn’t have said anything.”

            I agree.

          • I saw that as well. I still disagree. Greta mentioned “respect” and the nurse herself mentioned she thought her treatment was “inhumane”.

            This was a choice. A personal choice to go to Africa and expose herself to Ebola for humanitarian reasons. We have a nation to protect. And we just had a doctor come back and walz around NYC for some hours . The response was not out of range. She was not treated inhumanely, how much “respect” are we talking about — not addressing her as Ms. Saving Grace Heroine.

            People do God’s work every day across the world.

            Her knee jerk response to enlist the help of a civil rights attorney is to my minds’ eye insulting, calculating and political.

          • What might turn out to be interesting is the reaction of Maine’s governor, Paul LePage. He’s a tough, take no prisoners, do the right thing kind of governor who won’t tolerate any baloney from Kaci. The liberals hate him, so they will fight him in dealing with this issue, no matter what decision or steps he takes. Time will tell.

          • That excuse for a nurse is a member of the CDC and was there on THEIR business, not God’s work at all! Then she comes back, and puts others in danger too? Her license should be permanently yanked! She’s not living up to professional standards by any stretch!

        • This nurse complained about being in a room by herself with very little food. Did she stay in a 4 star hotel in Africa? I bet her living conditions were more sparse than the room they put her in for a few hours. Does she have dollar signs in her eyes following a lawsuit

          • She could eat cheesburgers or tofu etc and watch TV in the isolation tent–three weeks is a short time–I have very little sympathy for her, even though I am an over reactor myself. How is she going to feel if her “beloved” starts to run a fever?

    • He may be losing blacks too. Have you seen the current lead on Drudge?
      It is an incredible video and well presented by the speakers.
      Eventually blacks may wake up and maybe even the media if they start to be concerned about their own health and safety and that of their families.

  2. Obama doth protest too much.

    1. Friedan told Americans the STATES had more power to decide than the federal government.

    2. The whiny sniveling nurse worked for or was contracted by the CDC. She was most obviously scripted to complain, to set up O’s remarks against the governors and have them cave.

    3. That same nurse was DRIVEN BY PRIVATE CAR BACK TO MAINE. Please tell me who paid for that?

    This is politics pure and simple. And devious!!

    • I do appreciate anyone in the medical field, clean up field, and our military for risking their lives. I still do not understand her logic. I would not want to go back to my home, and risk my family members safety. As a medical person, even if she truley felt she was no threat to anyone, she should have had the concern to be sure.
      All I know is that it is 2014, and this issue is being handle like a circus.

  3. America in the end is not defined by fear,” Obama said. “We don’t just react based on our fears – we react based on judgments.”

    …Or based on caution..recognizing we don’t have all the facts.

  4. And in a staged event designed to draw attention to the issue, Obama will meet at the White House Wednesday with a group of health care professionals who have been treating Ebola patients.
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    So, as we speak, someone is digging through a storage closet in the White House looking for those old white lab coats they handed out in the 2009 Obamacare photo op with all the doctors.

    http://nypost.com/2009/10/06/white-houses-botched-op/

    I’m guessing the second nurse, Amber Vinson, who was discharged from Emory today, is being put up overnight in Atlanta or DC so she can join Obummer for a photo op tomorrow before heading home to Dallas.

  5. incredibly enough, this isn’t even the worst Ebola news out of the administration today. a State Department report that recommends bringing non-Americans with Ebola here to the States to get treatment.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/10/28/lawmaker-claims-plans-may-be-in-pipeline-to-bring-non-citizens-to-us-for-ebola/

    this is just scarier than scary, and stupider than stupid. does Obama WANT the Republicans to take the Senate next week?

  6. He’s full of it. He wants us to get it, otherwise, he would use common sense, stop Ebola from coming here instead of inviting them all in to the United States and of course, common sense would be to keep them in isolation for 21 days at least to protect the American people. but Obama is not our President, he works for the United Nations. He is an ignoramus and a dangerous animal who has to control everything. I wish he were gone and he should be arrested for treason because of all his illegal acts of treason towards America.

  7. Ebola is contagious even before the symptoms are obvious, making a quarantine period for people exposed to it the only sensible step. Closing your eyes and crossing your fingers doesn’t count as a solution.

  8. America USED to be governed by common sense, which decrees you PROTECT the uncontamiated from the potentially contaminated, where ifectious diseases are concerned, by quarantining away from uncontaminated populations, those potentially contaminated, for the duration of the incubation period… UNLESS it’s actually your INTENTION to start an epidemic, because the agenda you’re following calls for mass exterminations (population reductions), as is the case in our “government” today! BTW, common sense, as well as medical science STOPPED governing handling of contagious diseases here, back in the ’80s.

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