President Obama issued an executive order today preventing government contractors of their personnel from being sued for any damages resulting from their bringing the Ebola virus into America.
The president’s directive gives the administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) the authority to indemnify companies from lawsuits related to “contracts performed in Africa in support of USAID’s response to the Ebola outbreak in Africa where the contractor, its employees, or subcontractors will have significant exposure to Ebola.”
This authority may be exercised solely for the purpose of holding harmless and indemnifying contractors with respect to claims, losses, or damage arising out of or resulting from exposure, in the course of performance of the contracts, to Ebola,” the memorandum explained.
CNSNews.com emailed USAID to ask if the president’s directive also protects these companies from being sued by a U.S. citizen who contracts Ebola from an employee who brings the disease back from West Africa after working under a government contract.
An unnamed spokesperson for the agency responded: “Yes. The indemnification applies only to the extent that the claim, loss, or damage arises out of or results from exposure to Ebola in the course of performance of a contract and exceeds applicable insurance coverage.”
In other words, if a Company A employee contracts Ebola while working in West Africa, brings the disease back to the United States, is not quarantined and ends up infecting members of the general public, Company A is protected from any damages arising from lawsuits by these secondary victims.
Considering how certain doctors and nurses persisted in wandering around and refusing to be quarantined, I think what we’re seeing here is damage control for a problem that is going to become a lot worse..especially when those 3,000 troops the president sent into ground zero of an epidemic start coming home.
This president claims his authority to do this without consulting congress supposedly comes from Public Law 85-804, which allows the president the authority to enter into, amend or modify contracts with private companies in order to “facilitate the national defense.”
I certainly had no clue that Liberia was vital in any way to our national defense, did you?
Barack Obama, the cherry pickin’ president. Oath be damned. He will faithfully execute the laws he likes, even if he has to twist them out of recognition. And he’ll ignore the ones he doesn’t.
The nurse currently quarantined in New Jersey is an employee for the Centers for Disease Control and a registered Democrat with a history of left-wing advocacy, Gotnews.com has learned.
Kaci Hickox’s ties to the CDC were not disclosed in a controversial anti-quarantine column she wrote for the Dallas Morning News. The CDC opposes quarantines or travel bans from Ebola infected countries.
Initially turned down for Doctors Without Borders, Hickox applied for a position with the Centers for Disease Control’s infectious disease unit. She received that position and began a two-year fellowship in Las Vegas, NV where she currently still works.
Hickox’s travels as a nurse took her to Myanmar, Cambodia, and Nigeria and convinced her of the importance of quarantines and “health surveillance,” according to the University of Texas-Arlington newsmagazine. “I realize that we need to find better ways to improve health surveillance and outbreak response in settings with poor resources,” Hickox said. “My training in the EIS with the CDC will allow me to learn the gold standard of this kind of work.”
But Hickox, who is a registered Democrat in Nevada, is ignoring health surveillance as she pushes back against a mandatory quarantine for persons working with ebola in West Africa.
Doctors Without Borders — where Hickox worked for a year, according to her LinkedIn– has already had nine deaths from Ebola and more than sixteen infections but Hickox is complaining about being detained under a mandatory 21-day quarantine.
She co-wrote an anti-pharmaceutical industry op-ed for the Baltimore Sun and advocated against policies that would have developed life-saving drugs. Instead, she called on Johns Hopkins to make all discoveries accessible to the poor. In so arguing, she deprived drug companies of a market and therefore an incentive to develop drugs aimed at Third World populations.
“We ask that new drugs developed from publicly-funded research be made available and affordable to the world’s most vulnerable,” Hickox wrote with several other students. “Without such a policy, our knowledge is only being shared with the wealthy.”
Hichox’s employer, the CDC, strenuously opposes a travel ban or quarantine but Hickox’s employment wasn’t disclosed in the Dallas Morning News article.
Left-wing journalists like Ben Smith of BuzzFeed are already spinning about the terrible politics of a travel ban.
Dr. Craig Spencer and his live-in girlfriend Morgan Dixon exposed New Yorkers in two different boroughs to ebola during their night out on the town.
While authorities are saying that Spencer followed protocol, the CDC’s own documents show that isn’t the case.
Spencer is now being treated for ebola while Dixon is in quarantine.
The couple lives at the following address:
546 W 147TH ST APT 5F
NEW YORK, NY 10031-4530
NEW YORK COUNTY
They are both registered Democrats with a history of working in public health.
Both Spencer and Dixon are professional do gooders according to their LinkedIn and professional websites. Spencer boasts a degree from Columbia’s University Mailman School of Public Health, according to his since deleted LinkedIn page.
So why did health care professionals decide to go bowling just days after Spencer returned from Ebola-infected Guinea?
Doctors Without Borders had already announced nine deaths from Ebola and sixteen infections. Why didn’t Spencer take his sickness seriously?