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The (political) dangers of H1N1



Long lines of people wait for the swine flu vaccine. Photo by Tracy A. Woodward of the Washington Post

President Obama's decision to declare the H1N1 flu a national emergency over the weekend is a recognition of the political peril the virus could inflict on the White House.

The declaration came after 72 hours of stories -- both locally and nationally -- focused on the long lines for the swine flu vaccine and the mounting fear surrounding the illness.

And, it came just days after a Washington Post/ABC national poll showed that a majority (52 percent) of Americans were worried that they or someone in their family would contract H1N1 -- up from 39 percent who said the same in a mid-August survey.

Given that context, Obama's announcement, which essentially allows hospitals more leeway in the way they deal with the outbreaks, is rightly understood as an attempt to show the American people that the president understands their concern and is ensuring the government is doing everything it can to help.

It's hard not to see the way the Obama administration is handling the H1N1 outbreak through the lens of the Bush Administration's handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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By Web Politics Editor  |  October 26, 2009; 11:42 AM ET
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If you want to ask Obama a question...find the closest golf course...be prepared for lots of smoke...his specialty!

Posted by: doggit1 | October 26, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Why are there shortages of the vaccine?

The quantity, price, and timing of the flu vaccines were stipulated in advance by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The DHHS conferred onto Novartis a legal monopoly on the production and distribution of the flu vaccine.

In setting a price of $25 and a production capacity of 150 million units, the DHHS forced a severe shortage of vaccines.

If you want to know more about why there is a shortage please read this article: http://mises.org/story/3792

Posted by: wakeuppeople2 | October 26, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The vaccine could cause long term dangerous effects.

h1n1vaccinedangers.com

Posted by: tladams1986 | October 26, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

1898 'Daily News' 15 Sept. 3/2 Provided..that the swine are not in a *swine-fever infected place.

Posted by: edtroyhampton | October 26, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

This IS government run health care.

Someone at the CDC has decided who gets to have this vaccine. Everyone else is not allowed. These people at this government agency have made this decision and you have no say in the matter. (ok, so don't call it a death panel, unless you die from this flu, but it certainly is a government panel that decides on your health risks.)

There is not enough vaccine for all the people who want it, so it MUST be rationed.

Government health care is ALWAYS rationed.

Believe me, private phama companies would sell this stuff if they could. There are lots of customers out here who would be willing to pay a whole lot of money for this vaccine. If the government would get out of the way, I promise you, these companies would be happy to make a profit and sell this stuff. They cannot sell this vaccine to you and me because it is illegal for them to do so.

Long lines, limited supply, rationing decisions on who gets access to heath care, this is government run health care.

Posted by: wakeuppeople2 | October 26, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

OR, WILL THIS 'EMERGENCY' BE USED AS A PRETEXT TO ADVANCE A SILENT COUP?

The emergency declaration gives federal agencies draconian powers that allow bureaucrats to suspend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. See:

http://www.infowars.com/president-obama-declares-national-emergency-over-swine-flu-pandemic-but-why/

There is strong evidence of fierce resistance and opposition to President Obama and his administration within certain powerful quarters of the bureaucracy, especially among Bush-Cheney holdovers that investigative reporter Seymour Hersh refers to as "leave-behinds" tasked with a mission.

The concern is that a multi-agency coordinated action program may be the front for an ideologically-driven secret war against this President, and democracy itself.

My fear is that the Obama administration, with his emergency declaration, may be handing the noose to those who seek to execute a seditious plan to undemocratically seize power, at the expense of personal liberty and constitutionally guaranteed rights -- including the right to refuse to be inoculated by government fiat.

***

GOV'T TORTURES ME WITH SILENT MICROWAVE WEAPONS, SAYS OUSTED HONDURAS PREZ

• Deposed Honduras President Manuel Zaleya confirms the essence what unjustly targeted citizens worldwide -- including this journalist -- have been reporting for years...

...military, secret security, and intelligence services of many nations, including the U.S., silently assault and torture "targeted individuals," including those regarded as "dissenters" or slandered as undesirables, with debilitating, health-degrading, "slow-kill" electromagnetic microwave and laser radiation weapons systems -- said to include a nationwide installation disguised as cell towers.

FOR THE REST OF THE STORY:

http://nowpublic.com/world/govt-tortures-me-silent-microwave-weapons-ousted-s-prez

OR (if link is corrupted): http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "Gov't Tortures" and "Gestapo USA."

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 26, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

This is solely Obama's deal. Good or bad. Spare me the he inherited on this issue. So far I give him a "c" but would like an explantion why the number of dosages expected are not there. Are the numbers down because there are there side affects or not? But its hard to find something when he is behind closed door meeting all the time.

Posted by: Wisconsin1 | October 26, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

When looking for whom to blame keep in mind the following:

1. Thanks to every president since Reagan, two-thirds of our vaccines are imported from other countries, no longer made in USA. Those countries take care of their own needs before ours. This is a security risk because vaccine production facilities can be easily modified to produce biological weapons while having a leg up on immunity to the same pathogens. Republican neoliberal trade policies are mostly to blame.

2. Pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies have cannibalized production capacity and research in order to maximize short term profits and executive salaries. Again Repubicans share more blame than Democrats, but both have largely sold their souls to lobbyists, contributing to the problem.

Posted by: rooster54 | October 26, 2009 12:16 PM
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If this comment doesn't scare you, you aren't paying attention.

Posted by: Vickie803 | October 26, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

When looking for whom to blame keep in mind the following:

1. Thanks to every president since Reagan, two-thirds of our vaccines are imported from other countries, no longer made in USA. Those countries take care of their own needs before ours. This is a security risk because vaccine production facilities can be easily modified to produce biological weapons while having a leg up on immunity to the same pathogens. Republican neoliberal trade policies are mostly to blame.

2. Pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies have cannibalized production capacity and research in order to maximize short term profits and executive salaries. Again Repubicans share more blame than Democrats, but both have largely sold their souls to lobbyists, contributing to the problem.

Posted by: rooster54 | October 26, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

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