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Senator Harkin says government shutdown leaves Americans unprotected from disease outbreaks
radioiowa.com ^ | October 3, 2013 | Matt Kelley

Posted on 10/03/2013 7:23:14 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

The federal government shutdown could be hazardous to the health of all Americans, according to Iowa Senator Tom Harkin. The Centers for Disease Control, which Harkin calls the world’s premiere public health agency, is closed. Less than two weeks ago, Harkin says the CDC identified frozen berries from the nation of Turkey as the cause of hundreds of people in several states being sickened by hepatitis-A.

“The CDC detective epidemiological team went out, they recalled all this food and they stopped it before it spread any further,” Harkin says. “That team is at home now. They’re not working. What if we have another bad food outbreak today, tomorrow, this weekend?” Harkin says the CDC is shut down — all the labs are closed, the scientists are furloughed and the expert hotlines that physicians and the public call for information are turned off.

He notes, infectious illnesses and outbreaks of foodborne disease don’t abide by federal furloughs. “As you know, we had another outbreak in August,” Harkin says. “Remember the lettuce? It started in Iowa. They traced it to Texas and a few other places. A lot of people got sick but CDC was able to track it down, stop it, isolate it.” That outbreak of cyclospora sickened more than 240 people in Iowa and Nebraska. Hundreds of others had similar intestinal illnesses in 20 other states.

Harkin, a Democrat, chairs the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. “I don’t mean to unduly frighten anybody but these are things that happened and they’ve happened in the recent past and because we had CDC on the job, the American people were kept safe,” Harkin says. “Now, they’re not.”

Harkin also bemoans the fact the CDC has stopped monitoring influenza, as flu season is just beginning. He says the flu leads to more than 200,000 Americans being hospitalized every year. In a mild year, 3,000 Americans who get the flu will die, and in a severe year, the toll can rise to almost 50,000.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cdc; dncshutdown; dungheap; harkin; iowa; msmoughtshutdown; obamashutdown; reidshutdown

1 posted on 10/03/2013 7:23:14 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Harkin is a disease.


2 posted on 10/03/2013 7:24:36 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama: the bearded lady of the Muslim Brotherhood))
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Send up a bill to fund the CDC. Let Reid kill that one, too. Maybe he can say something clever about it, like he did about pediatric cancer patients.


3 posted on 10/03/2013 7:24:45 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Another Democrat, choking on his own stupidity.


4 posted on 10/03/2013 7:24:58 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Tailgunner Joe
They were saying the same exact thing on yesterday's The Chew on ABC. WH talking points.
5 posted on 10/03/2013 7:25:55 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the mainland US There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

What a moron. [eyeroll]


6 posted on 10/03/2013 7:26:41 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

This “government shutdown” thing is starting to look like a good opportunity to help develop a secession plan. Never let a crisis go to waste.


7 posted on 10/03/2013 7:28:38 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Asteroids are heading this way, the sun is going supernova, and aliens are landing to wipe us out. Without big government were DOOMED!


8 posted on 10/03/2013 7:29:02 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: Still Thinking

Dems trying to scare the hell out of Americans over shutdown that most don’t give a damn about anyway.


9 posted on 10/03/2013 7:29:55 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Thank you DR. Harkin! What? You’re not a doctor? Well, maybe you can be for Bowbamacare! Go away you FOOL!


10 posted on 10/03/2013 7:30:04 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Tailgunner Joe

It is also possible, VERY possible, that one day, some of us could get up and put on one black sock and one brown sock. EVEN IF we sorted them when they came out of the dryer, yes, it is still possible. If even one child can be prevented from suffering the indignity of sock mismatching, a conmittee with adequate support staff to oversee such things is not only welcome but dare I say it, a blessing. For only in this way can we prevent sock mismatches and the concommitent shame, revulsion, and self-image damage such an episode can engender.

Please, this holiday season, if you can find it your heart to care about the less fortunate among us, send your tax-exempt donations to:

PAMS (Parents Against Mismatched Socks)
1337 Fletcher lane
Des Moines, IA 50227


11 posted on 10/03/2013 7:30:52 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Hey, if they don’t pass a CR, will Guam tip over?


12 posted on 10/03/2013 7:31:05 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Does that mean I can slip a laxative into his soup?


13 posted on 10/03/2013 7:31:09 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I am coming down with a cold. Was wondering what caused it.


14 posted on 10/03/2013 7:32:01 PM PDT by kempster
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To: Tailgunner Joe

15 posted on 10/03/2013 7:32:32 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: VerySadAmerican
Does that mean I can slip a laxative into his soup?

No need. From hearing him talk, it's obvious he's been eating suppositories.

16 posted on 10/03/2013 7:33:44 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Liberal Democrats have two masters: the Party and their own twisted logic. “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24. I rest my case.
17 posted on 10/03/2013 7:39:27 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: Tailgunner Joe

So a government shutdown is just like global warming. It causes everything.


18 posted on 10/03/2013 7:49:34 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I really hope this mentally ill marxist traitor dies right now, preferably of some disease from Red China.

The CDC rarely “stops” a disease. They are the nation’s “warning system” while private industries provide the mass vaccines needed to prevent or stop the actual disease.

If he wanted the CDC to be funded, he would have told Harry Reid to shove his opposition up his ass and join the Republicans in funding it as part of a Continuing Resolution stand-alone bill.

Harkin is a coward, as most political reds are besides being a congenital liar and enemy of America.

I wish him nothing by ill will and death in his final term in Congress wrecking our country. He has earned every bit of it.

I remember his shit from Vietnam.


19 posted on 10/03/2013 7:58:44 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The good news- Harkin suffered from brain worm.

The bad news- they died from lack of food.


20 posted on 10/03/2013 8:07:53 PM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Okay, so who at the federal government decided the CDC was “non-essential”, and why would you want to turn your health care over to them?


21 posted on 10/03/2013 8:12:01 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Do you mean because of the open borders?

-PJ

22 posted on 10/03/2013 8:13:20 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Still Thinking

Reminds me of a joke. The punch line is “For all the good those things did for my hemmoroids I might as well have stuck them up my ass.”


23 posted on 10/03/2013 8:48:33 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: VerySadAmerican

Yup! I was typing that post, and reminded myself of that joke too. ;)


24 posted on 10/03/2013 8:58:02 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

However, the shutdown does protect Americans from outbreaks of stupidity from the buffoons on The Hill.


25 posted on 10/03/2013 9:16:43 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The DemocRAT Pahtay! Spending our grandchildren's future, today!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
The longer this goes on, the more ridiculous the dems look. As an added bonus, they are revealing just how useless they and the federal government really are.

Does ANYONE, besides government stooges - er, I mean employees - notice or care that the government is "shut down" ?

Remember all the horrible things that happened as a result of the shutdown in 1996?

Yeah, me neither. I was too busy working and living my life.

26 posted on 10/03/2013 9:18:20 PM PDT by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Okey Doaky, so we have to shut doen the NIH and put the country at risk of epidemics, but we can pay hundreds of police officers and park rangers to barricade open air monuments and guard them to make sure people don't go around the barriers.

That's either bad faith or massive incompetence in misallocation of scarce assets.

Obama is unfit to hold office under either scenario.

27 posted on 10/03/2013 9:47:42 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Yo, Dung Heap, you ignorant fool, the recent spike in "Hysterical Democrat Syndrome" is no DISEASE.
It's a manifestation of the mental illness known as :IBERALISM.
28 posted on 10/04/2013 4:08:13 AM PDT by Amagi (God Save the Republic.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Commie Tom should stick to embellishing his war record

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29 posted on 10/04/2013 4:39:13 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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