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In 2010 Obama Administration Nixed CDC Quarantine Regulations Aimed At Preventing An Ebola Outbreak

As the country reels from the recent news of people across the country being treated for the deadly Ebola virus, it turns out that the Obama administration could have prevented this latest catastrophe.

Writing in USA Today in 2010, Alison Young reported that “The Obama administration has quietly scrapped plans to enact sweeping new federal quarantine regulations that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) touted four years ago as critical to protecting Americans from dangerous diseases spread by travelers.”

The CDC originally proposed the crucial regulations in 2005 during George W. Bush’s second term. Ironically, Bush’s CDC wanted to pursue these regulations for fear that the avian flu would spread unchecked.

In a Friday press conference, White House Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco said “we are not facing just a health crisis, we are facing a national security priority.” Yeah, a national security crises that could have been prevented.

Now a petition is circulating calling on President Obama to halt all travel from Ebola-stricken countries, namely Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

“Have the FAA ban all incoming and outgoing flights to Ebola-stricken countries until the Ebola outbreak is contained,” the petition says.

But apparently Obama is waiting for a full-blown Ebola outbreak before he decides to cut off travel.

“We do not shut our borders to countries affected by #Ebola; didn’t w/ SARS or pandemic H1N1 flu,” tweeted Tom Frieden, Obama’s chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

From Texas to Georgia to Washington D.C., Ebola patients are popping up all over America. And if there is an Ebola outbreak, it will be because of Obama’s tepid and slow response.

He can’t blame Bush for this mess.


Jerome Hudson

Managing Editor

Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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