Sunday, October 19, 2014

Rep. Barbara Lee: Republicans Cut Hospital Preparedness Before Ebola Risk

CONGRESS | 13 DISTRICT | In contentious races across the country, Ebola has become a political hot potato. On Friday, Oakland Rep. Barbara Lee used the infectious disease to criticize House Republicans for past cuts to health care and hospital preparedness programs.

Speaking during last Friday's episode of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, Lee slammed the House leadership for stymieing President Obama's appointment of Dr. Vivek Murthy for U.S. Surgeon General for 18 months, along with cuts, Lee said, could affect the nation's ability to combat the threat of Ebola, if it were to become more widespread in the U.S.

"We have to remember that the budget cuts, and I have to just say it was the Republicans who cut the budget by 44 percent for hospital preparedness programs, cut NIH (National Institutes for Health) by over 10 percent and cut CDC (Center for Disease Control) by 17 percent," said Lee.

Republican charge Democrats, like Lee, are using the threat of Ebola as a ploy to push through Murthy's confirmation. Lee, also added during the program, she was pleased by the President's pick of Ron Klain as the administration's Ebola 'czar."


  1. By MW:

    I know a lot more than Barbara Lee does about how buildings, and including hospitals, are run, and including in regard to such items as sanitation, decontamination, and protecting the health of patients, tenants, and the general public, and the problem is not lack of money but instead that far too many members of upper management running hospitals and other buildings do not give a damn about safety and public health, and/or are primarily concerned with seeing how much money they can embezzle and/or collect in under the table bribes.

    And in regard to such buildings and hospitals that are located in Alameda County, if a whistleblower makes a complaint to a County agency concerning items that are serious threats to public health and safety, the County will then appoint a team of professional pathological liars and common criminals hiding behind law licenses from the DA's office and/or County Counsel's office to do an "investigation."

    Those so called "investigations" are almost always choreographed, scripted, and prearranged whitewashes and coverups that have no real purpose other than to: one,.protect the big boys, and no matter how much in under the table bribes they may have been collecting; and two, manufacture "evidence" to be used to stab the whistleblowers in the back.

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