“National Emergencies” are always good for “bypassing rules” and making things up on the fly.
President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency, giving his health chief the power to let hospitals move emergency rooms offsite to speed treatment and protect noninfected patients. Health and Human Services chief Kathleen Sebelius now has authority to bypass federal rules when opening alternative care sites, such as offsite hospital centers at schools or community centers if hospitals seek permission.
The hysteria is completely out of control. Meanwhile, remember that Obama’s children will not, as of yet, get a swine flu vaccination. See this October 8th post.
President Obama’s school age daughters have not been vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says the vaccine is not available to them based on their risk.
The Centers for Disease Control recommend that children ages 6 months through 18 years of age receive a vaccination against the H1N1 flu virus. At this time only children with chronic medical conditions are receiving the vaccination because their immune system is not strong enough to fight off the strain. The CDC also says a regular seasonal flu shot does not protect against the virus.
From Gary Krasner, of the Coalition for Informed Choice, in a mass email:
FACT: Sec. Sebelius says that children are the most susceptible to H1N1 flu, and should be vaccinated against it.
FACT: Oct 8th: It was announced that President Obama’s school age daughters have not been vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says, “the vaccine is not available to them based on their risk.”
[Note the carefully constructed PASSIVE phrase by the White House: “the vaccine is not available to them,” as opposed to say, a more PROACTIVE and ACCURATE phrase: “have decided not to vaccinate.” Why? Because the latter phrase would prompt people to ask why the First Family is withholding consent to vaccinate, while the former makes it falsely appear like the decision not to vaccinate was imposed on Obama. Personally, I’ve heard thousands of parents refer to their decision not to vaccinate their children. But I’ve never once heard anyone explain that the “vaccine was not available to them.” Does anyone believe a vaccine would not be made “available” to the President’s own children?!]
In the video linked here, watch him circumnavigate the question about whether his children will get the juice. Without a teleprompter he is lost, with no ability to think on his feet. At the time he was asked this question (September 20th), surely he knew the unyielding position of Health & Human Services Czar Kathleen Sebelius and the CDC, but note that he says, “My understanding at this point is that……” sputter, stumble, ummm… The position of necessary vaccination — and even the repeated attempts to make the vaccine mandatory — had been communicated well before this point in time, yet he pretends to not understand the position of his own Health Czar and the CDC