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April 28, 2009

And They Chose an Insurance Commissioner, To Lead Them

Sebelius confirmed for HHS.

"It is essential for the health of the nation that President Obama has in place, and the nation has in place, a strong secretary of HHS to make sure our federal efforts on this potential pandemic are able to coordinate," said Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.).

I feel better already.

Interesting to see the NYT reinforce a point I offered in the comments a day or so ago, that federal funding for influenza preparedness didn't start with Obama's budget proposal, even though the piece is fluffed with how precisely the Obama administration is handling this just so, not like Bush screwed up Katrina, not overreacting, not underreacting, no, it's PERFECT.

Other public health experts also endorsed the administration’s response to the outbreak that emerged from Mexico. They gave much of the credit to President Bush, whose administration did extensive planning for such an emergency.

“We’re seeing a payoff of the original investment made in pandemic preparedness by the Bush administration,” said Jeffrey W. Levi, executive director of Trust for America’s Health. The term pandemic refers to a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease.

But he's a just lucky stupid cowboy, who got rattled by SARS and bird flu, and also hates black people.

From now on, the bug stops over there wherever the buck stops.


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