CAR­SON WARNED ABOUT EBOLA MONTHS AGO

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

A case of Ebola Anx­i­ety is upon us: an­a­lysts spout statis­tics, the press is swollen with alarm­ing cov­er­age, poll­sters are busy di­ag­nos­ing pub­lic dis­tress and Com­edy Cen­tral host John Ste­wart saw fit to dump hand san­i­tizer all over his script dur­ing a re­cent broad­cast. The po­ten­tially dire sit­u­a­tion has been politi­cized after Pres­i­dent Obama pro­claimed it was un­likely the dis­ease would emerge in the U.S. Yes, well.In­ter­est­ing to note that some who are both med­i­cally and po­lit­i­cally in­clined were al­ready onto the po­ten­tial Ebola im­pact a while ago. Dr. Ben Car­son was urg­ing U.S. health of­fi­cials to be vig­i­lant and ag­gres­sive about the threat almost two months ago when a U.S. doc­tor re­turned to his home soil for treat­ment backin Au­gust.

“Ebola is a terrifying dis­ease. I am a lit­tle con­cerned that we’re bring­ing it back here. It can sur­vive out­side the host, for sev­eral days at least. Why do we even risk such things when we can send ex­perts? We can send a plane. We can cre­ate a hos­pi­tal some­where. We can ex­port that preparedness,” Dr. Car­son told News­Max on Aug. 3, with a se­ri­ous bed­side man­ner in­deed.

“Why would we bring that into our coun­try, why would do we ex­pose our­selves? I cer­tainly would have treated it where it is. All it re­quires is some in­frac­tions in pro­ce­dures, and all of sud­den, it’s spread,” he ad­vised.

Law­mak­ers who are also physi­cians are slowly weigh­ing in; there are 17 doc­tors cur­rently serv­ing in the U.S. House, three in the Se­nate. Sen. Rand Paul is among the first to cut to the chase about deal­ing with Ebola.

“I re­ally think it is be­ing dom­i­nated by po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness. And I think be­cause of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness, we’re not re­ally mak­ing sound, ra­tio­nal, sci­en­tific de­ci­sions on this,” the Ken­tucky Repub­li­can — an opthamol­o­gist - told ra­dio host aura In­gra­ham. “It’s ridicu­lous for them to be un­der­play­ing this threat and say­ing no big deal. I’ve been say­ing this for about a month now. It’s a mis­take. A big mis­take to un­der­es­ti­mate the po­ten­tial for prob­lems world­wide,” im­me­di­ate af­ter­math,” the fru­gal but thor­ough bean­coun­ters say.

“There won’t be much to miss about fis­cal year 2014. Who longs for gov­ern­ment shut­downs, debt ceil­ing fights, ap­pro­pri­a­tions sta­sis and more debt? We are bet­ter off look­ing for­ward to fis­cal year 2015 and re­solve to be more re­spon­si­ble and en­act poli­cies that will rein in our long-term debt,” says Maya MacGuineas, pres­i­dent of the group, where the mem­ber­ship in­cludes ev­ery­one from Alan Simp­son and Leon Panetta to Tim Penny and Alice Rivlin. Medicine on the cam­pus.”“Un­for­tu­nately, many of the houses of wor­ship are not pre­pared to even sur­vive a ma­jor dis­as­ter. You can’t help if you also be­come a vic­tim.”

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