Congressional GOPers Fought Pandemic Prep

April 27, 2009

Congress, Health, State and Local

When House Appropriations Committee chairman David Obey, the Wisconsin Democrat who has long championed investment in pandemic preparation, included roughly $900 million for that purpose in this year’s emergency stimulus bill, he was ridiculed by conservative operatives and congressional Republicans.

Obey and other advocates for the spending argued, correctly, that a pandemic hitting in the midst of an economic downturn could turn a recession into something far worse — with workers ordered to remain in their homes, workplaces shuttered to avoid the spread of disease, transportation systems grinding to a halt and demand for emergency services and public health interventions skyrocketing. Indeed, they suggested, pandemic preparation was essential to any responsible plan for renewing the U.S. economy.

Now, as the World Health Organization says a deadly swine flu outbreak that apparently began in Mexico but has spread to the United States has the potential to develop into a pandemic, Obey’s attempt to secure the money seems eerily prescient.

And his partisan attacks on his efforts seem not just creepy, but dangerous.

-Article Continues, courtesy: The Nation.

Editorial Comment: Bastards!

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One Response to “Congressional GOPers Fought Pandemic Prep”

  1. rantingkeyboard Says:

    The dumbass republicans get it wrong, AGAIN.

    Not only that, but thanks to the conservatards objecting to Kathleen Sebelius over their believing that they somehow have the right to tell a woman what to do with her body, the United States has no Health and Human Services secretary, while the country issues health warning after health warning.

    And the republicans wonder why they can’t get elected anymore. DUH!!!

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