With the appointment of Ron Klain as Ebola czar, most observers knew President Barack Obama’s decision pointed to a tamping down of the narrative. I think we can expect less transparency because Klain is, as most know, not a medical expert. He’s a politics expert.
Despite all the attention, however, there are still some loopholes in the US approach to Ebola, and there’s even a self-contradictory element on the Centers for Disease Control guidelines page. Continue reading →
By the time April, 2015 rolls around, Americans will have received a new dose of reality about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act commonly called Obamacare. It’s a tax bill, and your 2015 tax return will be a reminder of that.
Any time something related to taxes changes significantly, scammers see opportunity. Continue reading →
I’ve done columns about Gov. Rick Scott’s first term, and I’m of the opinion he’s done a good job considering what he inherited from Charlie Crist. Amid the ongoing character assassination and lawfare Dems are currently using in a frantic attempt to take leadership of one of the largest states in our nation, it’s useful to revisit some interesting moments in Crist’s past.
Let’s start with the disenfranchisement of a viable female Democrat who sought her party’s nomination.
Power brokers in the Democrats’ party basically anointed former Republican-turned No Party Affiliate-turned Democrat Charlie Crist as their nominee.
Crist sidetracked political ambitions of former state senator Nan Rich, a loyal Dem who sought the nomination but was virtually ignored by her party. The disenfranchisement of Rich was an effective war on a woman courtesy of progressives.
A good title for Crist’s political evolution might be a comedy of errors. For instance, The Orlando Sentinel just endorsed Crist. In 2009 the paper sang a different tune.
If you research academic papers on Ebola hemorrhagic fever, you will learn a lot about the virus and you will also learn we have much more to learn about it. In a press conference in Bethesda (Md.) today, Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted there is “no specific treatment for the Ebola virus.”
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, did say he believes a blood transfusion given to nurse Nina Pham from a doctor who recovered from Ebola “could have made a difference” because of antibodies in the donor’s blood.
Fauci, like other officials, has stressed the generally accepted premise that EHF can only be contracted via bodily fluids. He cited vomiting and diarrhea as major concerns, but missing from his and other officials’ statements—and from media questions—are inquiries into bodily fluids we don’t talk about a lot. Why are officials shy about discussing all bodily fluids in detail? Continue reading →
The case of Thomas Eric Duncan and treatment he received for Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) at a US hospital raises questions about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act commonly called Obamacare.
No media have asked critical questions, and no one in Congress from either political party has asked them either.
There’s a lot of literature on Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) and its sibling Marburg, dating to decades in the past. Culled from a number of academic papers, here are 5 interesting things, mysteries of sorts, about this hemorrhagic fever.
Florida’s Republican governor Rick Scott debated his opponent Charlie Crist (D) at Broward College on Wednesday, and the best I can say is the debate was a draw. Neither candidate is a debater on the scale of a Marco Rubio. Crist worked in some snarks and Scott largely recounted his record during his first term.
But what so many in media, including the moderators missed involved epic screw-ups by Crist. Incidentally, you can thank the mods for dull as tofu questions.
There’s something to note before I get going. Why is it that every major media outlet made fun of US House Speaker John Boehner’s complexion while they ignore the fact Charlie Crist is as orange as the fruit the Sunshine State is famous for?
Now that I have that off my chest, let’s get on to how the Crist hit the fan. Twice. Continue reading →
Florida’s gubernatorial race is interesting this year to say the least. Gov. Rick Scott (R) has run a fairly docile campaign, former Gov. Charlie Crist (now D) has run a largely negative campaign (while hoping the red herring pot amendment turns out youth), and Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie is raising hell about being denied the opportunity to participate in the statewide debate scheduled for Oct. 15 at Broward College. Continue reading →
Dallas city officials held a press conference early Wednesday morning to tell the public a second healthcare worker has contracted Ebola. Like Nina Pham, a nurse at the hospital where Liberian national, the late Thomas Eric Duncan was admitted, the healthcare worker attended to Duncan.
Duncan’s was the first documented case of Ebola in the US.
Mike Rawlings (D), mayor of Dallas, said, “The only way to beat this is person by person, moment by moment, detail by detail.” He said the goal should be to “minimize rumors and maximize facts.” Like President Barack Obama’s CDC chief Tom Frieden, Rawlings emphasized the need to not be “fearful.” Continue reading →
With the announcement that another individual in Dallas has Ebola, questions have arisen about hospital protocol when dealing with a potential case. The Centers for Disease Control cited “breach of protocol” as the reason the second patient, a nurse, contracted the disease.
Thus far, the CDC has not given specific details about what protocol was breached.
Few media have touched on the subject of supplies or protective gear. A photo posted at the CDC image library showed CDC head Tom Frieden visiting a facility in Monrovia (Liberia). Frieden was dressed in full hazmat garb. The image is featured above this column.
Do hospitals even stock an ample supply of such gear and other materials necessary to deal with suspect or confirmed cases?
As the outbreaks in West Africa commenced, federal officials gave Americans the impression there was nothing to fear. Did this lead to a sense of complacency in the healthcare sector?
I get the impression hospitals as well as states were not made aware of potential risks despite President Barack Obama’s policy of leaving travel visas in place for individuals whose countries of origin are experiencing outbreaks.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Oct. 15, 2014)
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