Skip to comments.Senator Harkin says government shutdown leaves Americans unprotected from disease outbreaks
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 worlds 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. Theyre 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 dont 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 dont mean to unduly frighten anybody but these are things that happened and theyve happened in the recent past and because we had CDC on the job, the American people were kept safe, Harkin says. Now, theyre 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.
Harkin is a disease.
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.
Another Democrat, choking on his own stupidity.
What a moron. [eyeroll]
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.
Asteroids are heading this way, the sun is going supernova, and aliens are landing to wipe us out. Without big government were DOOMED!
Dems trying to scare the hell out of Americans over shutdown that most don’t give a damn about anyway.
Thank you DR. Harkin! What? You’re not a doctor? Well, maybe you can be for Bowbamacare! Go away you FOOL!
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.
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Hey, if they don’t pass a CR, will Guam tip over?
Does that mean I can slip a laxative into his soup?
I am coming down with a cold. Was wondering what caused it.
No need. From hearing him talk, it's obvious he's been eating suppositories.
So a government shutdown is just like global warming. It causes everything.
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.
The good news- Harkin suffered from brain worm.
The bad news- they died from lack of food.
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?
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.”
Yup! I was typing that post, and reminded myself of that joke too. ;)
However, the shutdown does protect Americans from outbreaks of stupidity from the buffoons on The Hill.
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.
That's either bad faith or massive incompetence in misallocation of scarce assets.
Obama is unfit to hold office under either scenario.