This continues the story where we left it on Monday, October 20, 2014, here.
As for the Center for Disease Control, after 911 its focus changed by Federal law to bioterrorism. Since then the CDC has successfully addressed SARS and AIDS epidemics. There have never been any epidemics of bioterrorism, of course.
As the CDC's operating budget has been cut in the years since 911, the CDC need to triage a bit. The CDC targeted its funds accordingly on epidemics that affected Americans (like SARS and, eventually, AIDS). Ebola did not affect Americans in those years and so relatively little money is available to fight Ebola now.
The CDC issued protocols for the guidance of U.S. hospitals. There does not appear to be any available source of insurance coverage for them once they are implemented. So, the sources of funding for implementation of the CDC protocols have basically been left up to each individual hospital.
In a glaring example of Federal-State federalism in addition to a lack of Federal or State public funds (compounding the lack of insurance coverage), the Federal CDC stood off and did not try to instruct or order the States and healthcare corporations how to run hospitals.
The results are now on public view. Dallas's Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, for example.
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