Category Archives: Health

CDC director says hospitals ‘must’ comply with CDC’s Ebola guidelines

http://twitter.com/#!/dont_audit_me/status/517689663520534530

After his disastrous CNN interview yesterday, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, posted a confusing tweet in which he asserted that the U.S. shouldn’t isolate countries where Ebola is running rampant. Was he trying to say that the U.S. shouldn’t restrict flights from West Africa? Who knows.

Earlier today, he was at it again:

.@CNN Evaluation of feverish illness in recent traveler must include thorough travel & exposure history. CDC info: http://t.co/jgcpqZYF4T

— Dr. Tom Frieden (@DrFriedenCDC) October 2, 2014

That was in response to a CNN report that Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas didn’t ask Thomas Eric Duncan about his exposure to Ebola:

The hospital didn't ask the U.S. #Ebola patient about his travels, a source says http://t.co/r500nE4c1P #EbolaQandA pic.twitter.com/oUOeIYdNgc

— CNN (@CNN) October 1, 2014

We’re not sure, but we think Frieden was trying to say that the hospital did not comply with CDC guidelines.

If so, why not just say that?  Here. Let us help:

The hospital did not comply with CDC guidelines.

That is an accurate statement — one that is materially different from what Frieden wrote.

Here he is, tweeting the same thing again — this time in response to USA Today reporter Liz Szabo:

.@LizSzabo Evaluation of feverish illness in recent traveler must include thorough travel/exposure history. CDC info: http://t.co/jgcpqZYF4T

— Dr. Tom Frieden (@DrFriedenCDC) October 2, 2014

We get it. Hospitals “must” ask about Ebola exposure. Problem is, the hospital in Dallas apparently didn’t do so, and there is no reason to assume that other hospitals will do so notwithstanding the CDC’s super-awesome guidelines. Sorry, Dr. Frieden, but repeating the mantra over and over again doesn’t change that fact.

Is anyone at CDC going to do anything to make sure that the agency’s guidelines are followed? Will the Dallas hospital be punished? Or is Frieden going to just keep insisting, like the Egyptian Pharoah Rameses, “So let it be written. So let it be done”?

In the midst of a worldwide public health emergency, we don’t think it’s too much to expect the director of the CDC — the most important public health official in the country — to communicate in a clear, straightforward manner with the American people.

Related:

CDC director Thomas Frieden: ‘The impulse to isolate countries may make #Ebola epidemic worse’

‘If there is no risk to other passengers…’: Reporter has Ebola question for CDC director

Bombshell: Watch CDC director deny then admit that Ebola can be spread by casual contact 

‘Brutal!’ Doctor is in? Newspaper’s Obamacare headline says it all [pic]

http://twitter.com/#!/LilMissRightie/status/409678828152188928

Heh. The brutal headline? Take a gander:

http://twitter.com/#!/LilMissRightie/status/409677455536828416

Truth. Boom.

http://twitter.com/#!/StewSays/status/409692705606758400

The Cincinnati Enquirer has more:

As hundreds of thousands of Americans shop for health insurance plans on the new online marketplaces, they’re finding that many insurers have limited their choice of physicians and hospitals.

Locally, that’s translated into a smattering of new insurance offerings that leave out top hospitals and doctors, an Enquirer analysis of local plans on the marketplaces reveals.

The Christ Hospital, for example, is currently covered by just two of the seven insurers selling plans on Ohio’s online marketplace, HealthCare.gov. Consumers across the region who buy marketplace plans from Humana or Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield – two of the largest insurers in the Tristate – won’t be covered for care at Mercy Health, which has the most hospitals locally, or UC Health, which has the region’s only Level 1 adult trauma center.

“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”? Lies. As Twitchy reported, Obamacare architect Ezekiel Emanuel tried to spin away Obama’s lie and said on “Fox News Sunday” that you can keep your doctor … if you pay more, suckers!

http://twitter.com/#!/LilMissRightie/status/409678042764546048

It’s funny, yet devastating, because it’s true.

Related:

Whoa! Keep your doctor? Obamacare architect: HA, suckers, only if you pay more 

‘You’re delusional’: ThinkProgress’ Ebola take is ‘beyond stupid’

http://twitter.com/#!/conkc2/status/517375533299269633

If only. But no. They’re therial. They’re thuper-therial:

You know what's essential to containing the spread of Ebola? A robust government-sponsored health care system.

— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) October 1, 2014

Guh.

1 year after GOP shut down government to defund Obamacare, we're looking to government-sponsored health care to stop Ebola.

— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) October 1, 2014

GUH.

How government health care will save us from Ebola: http://t.co/ZCyA5FKPgm pic.twitter.com/16VBIZ4w65

— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) October 1, 2014

And yes, Obamacare will also help prevent an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. http://t.co/ZCyA5FKPgm

— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) October 1, 2014

Ebola is another reminder why health care is a public good, not a private commodity to be sold on free market: http://t.co/ZCyA5FKPgm

— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) October 1, 2014

Let’s give him a chance to explain, hmmm?

And what about Obamacare, the very law Republicans sought to defund? It too is playing a role in preventing an epidemic. Research has shown that people who lack health insurance delay or skip health care services or substitute home remedies or over the counter drugs for doctor visits that can diagnose and prevent the spread of communicable disease. People who have access to routine needed care are less likely to be susceptible to disease, leading to improvements in individual and community resilience.

The law also establishes a Prevention and Public Health Fund that provides state and local governments with additional resources that can help “prevent, detect, and respond to disease outbreaks” and includes provisions that can be “leveraged to integrate preparedness into daily health care and to help create stronger routine and emergency health care delivery systems that can surge to respond to disasters.”

Ultimately, Americans can feel secure that Ebola will be contained in the United States because we’ve established a robust government funded health care system that, in collaboration with the private sector, protects everyone from a public health catastrophe. Any health emergency serves as a reminder why health care is a public good rather than a private commodity to be sold on the free market.

Obamacare was created to fight ebola. Also, I work for ThinkProgress and eat all the glue. https://t.co/y9HuCUWzhc

— Matthew (@Matthops82) October 1, 2014

The stupid. It burns. It burns so much.

@igorvolsky where the hell did you pull this gem from?

— Samantha (@sh1tSammysays) October 1, 2014

We’re not sure, but we’re guessing it’s from somewhere that doesn’t get much sunlight.

Ho Lee Fuk… RT @thinkprogress How government health care will save us from ebola http://t.co/LlMXJcH7tg pic.twitter.com/FVsNKSavdg

— Kimberly C (@conkc2) October 1, 2014

This is ridiculous. RT @thinkprogress: How government health care will save us from ebola http://t.co/EVhCYwGMgi pic.twitter.com/jQJQc4QEs9

— Heather (@hboulware) October 1, 2014

Good lord @thinkprogress the Gov’t isn’t providing health CARE. Presbyterian Hospital isn’t the freaking Gov’t, FFS.

— Heather (@hboulware) October 1, 2014

@RBPundit add ThinkProgress to your list of those hoping Ebola leads to bigger Gov’t and more Gov’t control.

— Heather (@hboulware) October 1, 2014

.@igorvolsky Because pre-Obamcare this country wasn't able to cure disease. Idiot.

— Sean Agnew (@seanagnew) October 1, 2014

Only @thinkprogress would want an Ebola pandemic managed by the VA. CC: @hboulware https://t.co/2DPd5InNf1

— Matt (@mdrache) October 1, 2014

@igorvolsky LOLOLOL Yeah, because obamaCare is really doing a great job… You're delusional

— Danny Robinson (@TheStormCro) October 1, 2014

@conkc2 The All Powerful Gov't Will Save Us From Every Thing. Utopia awaits if we'd only give them full power over our lives.

— Robb Allen (@ItsRobbAllen) October 1, 2014

Oh, grow Up @thinkprogress . The government can't save anything. It's clueless beyond words.

— Chic (@Nayrue) October 1, 2014

@michelelfrost This entire line of thought is beyond stupid. @thinkprogress

— Heather (@hboulware) October 1, 2014

@michelelfrost Yeah, I’ll take my chances with the private sector doing a better job. @thinkprogress

— Heather (@hboulware) October 1, 2014

Roger that.

Sharyl Attkisson counters ACA cheerleading with ‘Obamacare failure stories’

http://twitter.com/#!/RickyBabaloo/status/524005069185093632

Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson spotted a website dedicated to painting a rosy picture of the Affordable Care Act:

Obamacare success stories: http://t.co/NtrwOVktd8

— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) October 20, 2014

Like any good reporter, Attkisson thought the other side of the story might deserve more sunlight:

Would anybody be interested in me starting an Obamacare failure stories to balance the Obamacare success stories?

— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) October 20, 2014

The answer to Attkisson’s question was a resounding “yes!”

@SharylAttkisson Sounds like a good idea…fair and balanced!

— Sylvia Levine (@SYLVIAinOH) October 20, 2014

@SharylAttkisson yes please!

— Brad Essex (@BradEssex) October 20, 2014

@SharylAttkisson Absolutely.

— NYINDEPENDENT (@JONEEFRY) October 20, 2014

Yes, please! I'm trying myself and not having much luck. I don't think ppl understand the impact. @SharylAttkisson

— Jennifer O O'Connell (@asthegirlturns) October 20, 2014

@SharylAttkisson very definitely.

— Philo T. McGiffin (@PhiloTMcGiffen) October 20, 2014

YES! “@SharylAttkisson: Would anybody be interested in me starting an Obamacare failure stories to balance the Obamacare success stories?”

— Slovydal (@Slovydal) October 20, 2014

@SharylAttkisson please oh please do… #accountability

— Steve Geyer (@stevegeyer) October 20, 2014

@SharylAttkisson Yes, I would be very interested in reading that. The public should know

— Bill David (@wmdavid66) October 20, 2014

Thanks to overwhelming demand, voilà!

NEW NEW Okay here it is: tell your Obamacare "Fail" stories by commenting on this page: http://t.co/ijmLq7gloH

— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) October 20, 2014

America’s Obamacare failure stories will be collected here.

Obamacare "Fail" Stories: comment here– http://t.co/nihZHuzBQ4

— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) October 20, 2014

Attkisson has a book coming out about her dogged but often futile attempts to force the Obama administration to live up to its promise of “historic levels of transparency”:

I hope you all will consider pre-ordering "Stonewalled" which has interesting chapter on http://t.co/qkNA7ldskO here: http://t.co/V1VNzgs3pb

— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) October 20, 2014

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Sharyl Attkisson investigates Hillary Clinton’s ‘document sifter,’ Cheryl Mills

Attkisson: It may already be too late to prevent Ebola outbreak in the US

http://twitter.com/#!/SharylAttkisson/status/521283238044909569

Unlike Donna Brazile, investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson is worried about Ebola. And with good reason.

This case alone is overwhelming health officials and the hospital, according to officials. Hard to imagine how a spread will be handled.

— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) October 12, 2014

Experts: the biggest advantage we had in protecting Americans from Ebola was the ocean. But by allowing entry of potentially exposed–

— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) October 12, 2014

–we've forfeiting the advantage.

— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) October 12, 2014

Ebola: Officials Sound the Alarm http://t.co/ynl8u5XUJV

— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) October 12, 2014

From the linked article:

The Dallas Ebola case was mishandled nearly every step of the way with health officials displaying a “learn-as-we-go” mentality. A “glitch” at the hospital was blamed for sending the infected patient back home where he came into contact with others. And there was a shocking lack of preparedness in disposing of the patient’s infectious waste.

“They blew it,” one official told me. Another official acknowledged that such examples of incompetence make it more difficult to convince the American public that their health is in good hands.

Feel better now?

Brit Hume stupefied by disgusting argument for ‘AFTER-birth abortion’

http://twitter.com/#!/Isla_78/status/437765630536581120

Fox News’ Brit Hume pointed out a story that should make everybody ill:

http://twitter.com/#!/brithume/status/437764552890265600

Hume was referencing an article at Slate outlining a hideous attempt to justify “after-birth abortion” which two “philosophers” proposed, ironically, in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

[W]hen circumstances occur after birth such that they would have justified abortion, what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible. … [W]e propose to call this practice ‘after-birth abortion’, rather than ‘infanticide,’ to emphasize that the moral status of the individual killed is comparable with that of a fetus … rather than to that of a child. Therefore, we claim that killing a newborn could be ethically permissible in all the circumstances where abortion would be. Such circumstances include cases where the newborn has the potential to have an (at least) acceptable life, but the well-being of the family is at risk.

It’s hard to believe anybody could find a way to justify that, but there are those who try.

http://twitter.com/#!/BDayspring/status/437765495350394880

Disgusting.

http://twitter.com/#!/Isla_78/status/437770302731214848

Out: #BanBossy; In: FLOTUS, celebs’ moms ‘nag you’ to buy O-care [video]

http://twitter.com/#!/LadyLibrty/status/444503530309959682

The desperation … it reeks.

That March 31 deadline is fast approaching, and the Obama administration is running out of ways to get young people to sign up for Obamacare. Tapping a generic mom doesn’t seem to have done the trick, so now, they’re bringing out the big guns:

http://twitter.com/#!/montalvo_d/status/444493514387496960

Something tells us that these moms don’t have to worry about their grown-up children losing their health coverage or being forced to find new doctors.

http://twitter.com/#!/MarkHalperin/status/444430183354097664

Good for her. But last time we checked, she’s not our mom, and we’re not children. So why does Team Obama insist on treating us like we’re just a bunch of naïve kids who don’t know what’s good for us? It’s getting really old — and really stupid:

http://twitter.com/#!/SeanGHiggins/status/444471607634182145

Ugh.

http://twitter.com/#!/FLOTUS/status/444490747308683264

No, you nag us because you’re nags.

http://twitter.com/#!/hollyhallcarter/status/444462478026481664

Great question.

http://twitter.com/#!/ConsEngProf/status/444464180079632385
http://twitter.com/#!/Shoeboxnre/status/444448562722918401

Let them nag. Let them call us knuckleheads. We know what’s best for us — and it isn’t Obamacare.

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Related:

What happened to #BanBossy? HHS uses mom to push you to #GetCoveredNow [pic]

‘BIG MOTHER IS WATCHING YOU!’ Ludicrous HHS #GetCovered ad fixed; Explains Pajama Boy? [Photoshops]

‘This is stupid. You should feel bad’: Is OFA ‘employing 4th graders’ to promote Obamacare? [pics]

Is the White House sure it wants to stick with the ‘peace of mind’ Obamacare push?

Hey Valerie Jarrett, if O-care makes people human, what were they before?

http://twitter.com/#!/vj44/status/451106761072988162

Seriously? Next they’ll be performing Obamacare baptisms in water blessed by Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

http://twitter.com/#!/hale_razor/status/451109745609293824
http://twitter.com/#!/JimRoseVSOP/status/451107624176467968
http://twitter.com/#!/CindyBP/status/451197756472688640
http://twitter.com/#!/Merleliz/status/451112972078043136

Lo, there was a mighty wind coming forth from the White House, and it laid waste to our healthcare! And the sheeple were pleased.

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Incredible: Valerie Jarrett parrots ridiculous line that ‘nothing in Obamacare forces people out of their health plans’

‘It’s easy-peasy’! O-care site is busted, but Valerie Jarrett thinks signing up is a snap

Reports: Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Duncan has died

An Ebola patient from Liberia named Thomas Duncan had been hospitalized in Dallas, Texas for treatment of Ebola.

Duncan has reportedly died from the disease:

New: The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. died this morning in Dallas at 7:51 A.M. The news comes from the hospital in a statement

— Dina Fine Maron (@Dina_Maron) October 8, 2014

MORE: Texas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan has died, hospital announces http://t.co/9qIStK2M93 pic.twitter.com/dJ9ILnDtI8

— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 8, 2014

Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner: Dallas #Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan has died

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 8, 2014

STATEMENT from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on the death of #Ebola patient, Thomas Eric Duncan. pic.twitter.com/u0R02Ego78

— Jason Whitely (@JasonWhitely) October 8, 2014

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.

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Related:

Not a ‘glitch’: Hospital in Dallas backtracks and now admits it knew Ebola patient’s travel history before releasing him

‘How would he know?’ POTUS ‘confident’ that Obamacare has enough signups to work just fine

Also, he thinks we’re stupid.

As Twitchy reported, during today’s WebMD sit-down, President Obama admitted what we’ve known all along: Thanks to Obamacare, if you like your doctor, you may not be able to keep your doctor after all. During that same interview, the liar in chief also made this bold — and B.S.-filled — assertion:

Once more, with feeling:

The stones on this guy.

You have to laugh … so you don’t cry.


http://twitter.com/#!/wantcountryback/status/444483728232820736

Yeah, remember when using HealthCare.gov was “easier than ever”?

http://twitter.com/#!/jonahjeter/status/444481174216273922

We’re not sure which planet, but we know where he likes to hang out:

If you like your bogus definition of success, you can keep your bogus definition of success.

But maybe we can use the president’s desperate claim to our advantage. If the number of people who have signed up (read: not necessarily enrolled) is enough to keep Obamacare afloat …

Sounds fair to us!