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The True Economic Implications Of Ebola

If you’ve been living under a rock lately, you might have missed that Ebola has made its way inside of the continental United States. Maybe you’ve been living under that rock because you’re terrified of Ebola.

I literally just remembered I actually wrote about Ebola two months ago. Funny enough, I used the same “under the rock phrase” to start that post off, too. Apparently I need to work on my introductions. In that post, I criticized the two American doctors who had gone overseas to combat the deadly disease, and then were willingly transported back to US soil to receive treatments. I called them cowards:

The two doctors, Nancy Writebol and Kent Brantly, made the decision to risk their lives in hopes of saving people in Africa. While it seems a reasonable question why we continue to help countries that are routinely a money sink and provide no value in return – there are people whom are far more giving, caring, and brave than I am.

Supposedly, Writebol and Brantly were among this crowd. In reality, they’re cowards.

When a soldier enlists in the military, and enters an active warzone – can he turn his back on his fellow men and run back to American soil on the first available plane?

Absolutely not.

I absolutely stand by what I wrote in that original article. Fortunately (or not, depending on how much their cowardice bothers you), Writebol and Brantly both fought Ebola off with the aid of the Atlanta based Emory Hospital. While I’m sure they will be weak for several months to come, the worst is over for those two. Maybe they’ll think twice about entering an active biological war zone in the future.

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All seemed well in the medical world until a man by the name of Thomas Eric Duncan landed on US soil, bringing it to the heart of Dallas. Since then, there have been several other infections of the nurses who cared for him, one of whom was allowed to get on a plane. I can see how that call went.

Operator: “Hello, Centers for Disease Control”

Nurse: “Hi, I’m a nurse that cared for a man who died of Ebola last week. You know, the disease that kills over half the people it infects. I’m not feeling well, I think I have a high temperature. I’m about to get on an airplane with a couple hundred innocent people, in a pressurized cabin. Is this okay?”

Operator: “What is your temperature?”

Nurse: “99.5.”

Operator: “Well, Ebola shows signs of manifesting at 100.4 degrees, so you’re good to go!  Never mind the fact that, again, you just cared for a man who died of Ebola and are well within the 21 day gestation period. Have a nice flight.

Oh, and send me some of those Southwest peanuts. They’re delicious.”

These are the people in charge of fighting this disease. The ones allowing foreign, healthcare-less people from Africa travel across our borders with hosting this virus, and not doing a thing to stop it. Even if they liejust like Thomas Eric Duncan did:

On the form obtained by the Associated Press and confirmed by a Liberian government official, Duncan answered “no” to questions about whether he had cared for an Ebola patient or touched the body of someone who had died in an area affected by Ebola.

In my not-so-subtle opinion, you know what should have been done to this man the minute he was diagnosed with Ebola at that Dallas hospital, and then determined that he lied? He should have been on the special Ebola plane back to Africa, and left to survive best he could. I’m sure he would have gotten great health care there. Frankly, it probably would have been cheaper to charter that jet than what Duncan’s hospital bill ended up coming out to, which is estimated at $500,000, but some experts say it will be over a million.

He had no insurance. The hospital may be able to write the bill off as a charity donation, but what’s dangerous is the precedent that has been set by our government allowing Duncan to stay in US care. That precedent is:

It is perfectly acceptable, even if you have been knowingly exposed to Ebola, to simply lie to the (likely sub-par) security at your home airport, and board a flight bound to the continental United States. Once there, you can get diagnosed and receive the best health care the world has to offer – all free of charge.

How this is acceptable – I have no idea. The gates have been opened. Free world health care will be provided on the back of United States taxpayers.

Time to go back under my rock.

This book is worth a read about Ebola.

  • October 24, 2014
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