The Feds made Christie and Cuomo blink

When the feds leaned and leaned hard on them to dump their over-inclusive, unnecessary and non-science based Ebola quarantine policy, Governors Christie and Cuomo blinked. See, for example, Dylan Scott, The Blundering Rise And Epic Fall Of The Christie-Cuomo Ebola Quarantine,TPM DC (October 27, 2014). Hopefully, other state authorities will take note that the feds will not allow local politicians to violate the Constitutional rights of our citizens to placate the unwarranted fears of some members of the public.


5 responses

  1. This whole crisis is an unforced error by the Obama Administration. Coherent and consistent planning earlier this year – combined with a travel ban of non healthcare workers from three countries – could have avoided this entire problem.

    I thought these people were the smart ones who don’t do stupid stuff.

    And did you see how some NYC nurses are refusing to go to work? No surprise. Expect more patients transferred to UNMC.

  2. Cornhead,

    I agree that the feds have not done a great job. On the other hand, they seem more inclined to act rationally when it comes to depriving a citizen of her freedoms. All the best.


  3. While I agree that neither the Feds or the States have not done a great job, its my understanding that the states do have the right to quarantine without the approval of the federal government. Your blog seems to suggest otherwise. I’m no expert but several news blogs discussing the possibility of the nurse filing suit indicate that she would not be successful.

  4. The Ebola problem is an amusing illustration of the core problem with our government in a nutshell. Everyone — politicians, bureaucrats, and yes, even judges — makes inherently political decisions, as opposed to what actually is best for the people at large. I’m old enough to never have seen honesty out of public officials when brutal honesty would not serve their purpose, and no longer believe that I will live long enough to see it.

    I don’t trust the CDC to be honest about the science. One example of this is how they deal with the question regarding the safety of vaccines. They claim that vaccines are quite safe, but according to their own people, as many as 99 out of 100 adverse reactions are not reported through their VAERS reporting system, because the reporting requirements are so onerous that no one bothers (ask the docs!). But rather than acknowledge this obvious flaw in the system, they simply ignore it. Their own people know the problem (and admitted it in JAMA!), but are inclined to cover it up.

    With that track record, how can we trust them to play the Ebola situation straight?

    And then, there’s the news media. I even expect to see rationality out of our government long before I will see it out of CNN.

    What I find most amusing here is the reaction of conservatives. Ask them about global warming, and rather than err on the side of caution, they declare that we should go full steam ahead. But ask them about Ebola, and they demand that we go overboard. And if you ask them about terrorism, and they demand that we go even further overboard. Christie and Cuomo appear to be acting in a reasonably responsible manner — given what happened with the Ebola patient who wandered the streets of New York for several days, it is at least understandable — and I am prepared to cut them some slack. The quarantine may not be medically necessary, but it is arguably prudent.

  5. The federal government certainly has the authority to detain and quarantine these individuals under 42 USC sec 264, 42 CFR sec 70.6, and Executive Order 13295 (amended July 2014). Congress appears to have permitted states to do these sort of quarantines so long as a state’s laws don’t actually conflict with federal law. 42 USC sec 264(e). In that same subsection, Congress says its not occupying the field. Better safe than sorry. Remember not too long ago the CDC came out and said Ebola patients could be safely treated by any US hospital without the fear of spreading the disease. I think the Texas case shows otherwise.

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