Succumbing to pressure from the White House, Governor Andrew “no cohunes” Cuomo loosened Ebola protocols that he along with New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie put into place two days ago.
Healthcare workers returning from Ebola-stricken countries after caring for Ebola patients will endure their 21-day quarantine in the comfort of their homes during which New York State’s health department monitor their condition.
In addition to allowing the quarantined to receive guests, enter the welfare state. New York State will provide financial assistance to the quarantined, i.e., food, rent, mortgage, etc. See: New York State Releases Fact Sheet on State Screening Protocols at JFK International Airport
Killing two birds with one stone (no pun intended) aka Process of Elimination.
#1, just two days ago, it was we meaning Cuomo and Christie. Suddenly, it is every governor has to do what he has to do. Did Cuomo who plans to run for president in 2016 just throw Chris Christie under the bus and sink Christie’s 2016 plans?
(Christie who walked right into it up to his neck should have known better. I am tired of stupid Republicans falling for Progressive dirty tricks.
Imagine the fundraising and get out the vote emails being dispatched this week by Progressives attacking, tyrannical Republicans violating the Constitutional liberties and quarantining a nurse who just spent the past month caring for dying Ebola patients against her will for three weeks.)
#2, where will the money come from to subsidize quarantined healthcare workers, friends and their families?
#3, why couldn’t Cuomo leave Obama out of this?
Florida Governor, Rick Scott, also imposed 21-day quarantine but the details of Scott’s edict remains sketchy.
On Friday, October 24, Illinois governor, Pat Quinn, signed an order imposing a 21-day “home” quarantine for “high risk individuals”, i.e., anyone who came in direct contact with a person(s) infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia, Sierra Leona and Guinea.
‘This protective measure is too important to be voluntary,’ Quinn said in a statement. ‘While we have no confirmed cases of the Ebola virus in Illinois, we will continue to take every safeguard necessary to protect first responders, health care workers and the people of Illinois…’
In addition, Governors of New Jersey, Chris Christie and New York, Andrew Cuomo (to the disdain of NYC mayor, Bill de Blasio) imposed 21-day mandatory quarantine on healthcare workers returning to the United States from Ebola-stricken countries.
There will also be a mandatory quarantine for any individual who had direct contact with an individual infected with the Ebola virus while in one of the three West African nations (Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea), including any medical personnel having performed medical services to individuals infected with the Ebola virus. Additionally, all individuals with travel history to the affected regions of West Africa, with no direct contact with an infected person, will be actively monitored by public health officials and, if necessary, quarantined, depending on the facts and circumstances of their particular situation.
Oops, Barack Obama who refused to impose a temporary ban on travel from Ebola-afflicted nations has just been upstaged.
In any event, not to worry folks, according to New York City’s Communist mayor, Bill de Blasio and staff who are in a snit because Cuomo didn’t seek approval from his underlings prior to imposing a 21 day mandatory quarantine. (See: De Blasio presser highlights: Ebola ‘hard disease to contract’; Fiancée ‘quarantined’; Bowling alley ‘cleared’)
I should mention that Commie Bill is the same evil sob who killed “Staten Island Chuck,” NYC’s groundhog and faced the wrath of parents (and teachers) last winter, when during a state of emergency and major snowstorm, he refused to close New York City public schools.
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Supposedly, federal officials were caught off guard and not thrilled with Cuomo and Christie’s directives to impose the 21-day mandatory quarantine even though it is Obama’s refusal to impose a temporary travel ban on Ebola-stricken nations and his failed Ebola-screening protocols that led to regulations that are more rigorous by the states.
Obama who opposes state sovereignty dispatched his minions out to Sunday morning to attack and voice strong opposition to the directives put in place by governors and has been putting pressure on NY and New Jersey to rescind the order for mandatory quarantine.
Kaci Hickox, a nurse and the first person quarantined under Christie’s directive who worked with Doctors without Borders caring for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone is even less thrilled.
After landing at Newark Liberty International Airport in Friday Hickox whose timing some would say could not be worse allegedly tested negative in a preliminary test for Ebola which prompted her being placed in mandatory quarantine for 21 days at a New Jersey hospital.
Hickox upset from her ordeal and the mandatory quarantine penned an article in Dallas News about her maltreatment by the CDC and other big government bureaucrats who interviewed her at Newark Airport. Hickox also mentioned her concerns about the treatment of other healthcare workers returning to the USA after treating patients with Ebola in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.
This is not a situation I would wish on anyone, and I am scared for those who will follow me. I am scared about how health care workers will be treated at airports when they declare that they have been fighting Ebola in West Africa. I am scared that, like me, they will arrive and see a frenzy of disorganization, fear and, most frightening, quarantine….
Hickox alleges that when her temperature was first taken, it registered normal, 98.6 but after hours of interrogation by officials, her temperature registered 101, which prompted her detainment.
At the hospital, her temperature taken by a doctor and re-checked, registered normal again, 98.6.
Trying to be objective here, but this flaming Progressive elitist with a sense of entitlement is hitting a nerve. Two days down, nineteen more to go.
Sound chaotic? Yes. Chaos goes hand in hand with big government.
Finally, what are the odds that the detainment of Kaci Hickox was a test balloon and foretelling of things to come?
It didn’t take long for officials to realize that the entire idea of a self-quarantine is completely bogus for the simple reason that nobody follows it….
If a forced quarantine is justified for one person, it can be justified for one million
Now we live in a nation where public sentiment openly supports government-enforced quarantines of people who might carry Ebola. Notice how quickly this all happened? Some might even point out the problem-reaction-solution overlay to all this, proposing that Ebola has been hyped up for precisely the purpose of rolling out a medical police state in America….
On July 31, 2014, Barack Obama amended Executive Order 13295: Revised List of Quarantinable Communicable Diseases to read as follows:
Section 1. Amendment to Executive Order 13295. Based upon the recommendation of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Acting Surgeon General, and for the purposes set forth in section 1 of Executive Order 13295 of April 4, 2003, as amended by Executive Order 13375 of April 1, 2005, section 1 of Executive Order 13295 shall be further amended by replacing subsection (b) with the following:
‘(b) Severe acute respiratory syndromes, which are diseases that are associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, are capable of being transmitted from person to person, and that either are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic, or, upon infection, are highly likely to cause mortality or serious morbidity if not properly controlled. This subsection does not apply to influenza….’
Then there is the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which Obama signed into law on December 31, 2011 while Americans were reveling in New Year’s Eve festivities.
The NDAA gives Obama the right to detain Americans indefinitely and although amended every year since, this part of the legislation remains intact.
The NDAA and Executive Order 13295, is not even the
Until this day, Obama refuses to impose a temporary travel ban against Ebola-stricken nations. Instead, people traveling from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone must enter the United States through one of five designated ports of entry to undergo a screening process to check for signs of the Ebola virus in travelers.
Finally, who would have thought (although I did, many times) that quarantined camps would go from conspiracy theory to state policy so quickly…..even if the Obama administrations manipulated circumstances to get us there.