The Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) released a statement at 3:35 (CST) this morning indicating a second health care worker from the same Dallas, Texas hospital as the Liberian man who died has tested positive for Ebola.
“The health care worker reported a fever Tuesday and was immediately isolated at the hospital,” the statement indicated. “Health officials have interviewed the latest patient to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures, and those people will be monitored. The type of monitoring depends on the nature of their interactions and the potential they were exposed to the virus.”
Just as Nina Pham, the 26-year-old nurse now being treated for Ebola, this second worker was among those who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first fatality of the disease in the America. This second worker’s preliminary test was determined positive at the state public health laboratory in Austin, with results confirmed near midnight.
The Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention in Atlanta will conduct the confirmation test.
Doctors, nurses, politicians and everyday citizens are coming to grips with the reality that the debate on Ebola, infectious disease and ObamaCare isn’t over, and neither is the discussion on the White House’s credibility. As the November 2014 election nears, more frightening truths are being exposed as citizens are learning the same rhetoric from the White House continues as the Obama health policies and plans are not doing what it was disguised to do.
Worldwide, the number of Ebola cases is almost doubling every three weeks. It’s becoming clearer that health officials have underestimated the magnitude of the epidemic. Even the Department of Health and CDC are rearranging their original game plans acknowledging that it will take more than just conventional containment strategies to contain the outbreak.
The White House is having a much more difficult time fighting for control of the media narrative as Ebola conditions worsen, repulsing Obamacare accounts spread and fears of an epidemic grow in the United States. Trust in the Administration’s promises continues to deteriorate as endless exposures of the Affordable Care Act laws, Ebola and other virus coverage on social media, news and face-to-face coverage spread.
Nursing organizations and interests are battling with the overwhelming hours, stress and changing priorities due to hospitals and doctors being forced to comply, spend and lose revenues due to the new laws.
Last month, the largest insurance company with the lowest rates and most sign-ups (59 %) for the Obamacare health exchange in Minnesota, PreferredOne Health Insurance, announced they are pulling out because the government health plan is “not sustainable” in 2015. Steve Peterson, a spokesman, said that offering coverage through this system is “not administratively and financially sustainable going forward.”
“PreferredOne has now discovered that Obamacare is broken and can’t possibly work,” the president of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) Twila Brase stated. “Even with the $25 billion reinsurance scheme to redistribute dollars between health plans that was put in place to keep premium prices low until enrollment for 2017, conveniently after the 2016 Presidential election.”
“This is undoubtedly what happens when we depend on the government for health care coverage—we lose it,” said Brase. “Those who enrolled through PreferredOne must either change their Obamacare coverage in 2015 or stay with PreferredOne and lose any subsidies.
“Minnesotans are now faced with fewer healthcare choices, some will lose their plans for a second time, and families will be hurt,” state Sen. Michelle Benson (R) said.
One of the most embarrassing events was practically covered up in the media when, in an October 2013 speech, Obama mentioned Jessica Sanford, the Washington state single mother who signed up for Obamacare for just $169 a month. Oops. Not true. Another Obama Boo-Boo. She soon discovered the lowest she was being forced to pay was $324 per month. She dropped out quickly and now faces a fine on his tax returns for not having insurance.
Physicians, hospitals and health care providers aren’t the only ones confused by Obamacare. On July 22, 2014 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled the feds should not be providing subsidies for health insurance premiums in states that use Healthcare.gov. On that same day, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the existing practice of permitting premium subsidies for those purchasing health insurance in either the federal marketplace or a state exchange.
Meanwhile, Pham released a statement this week saying “I’m doing well and want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers. I am blessed by the support of family and friends and am blessed to be cared for by the best team of doctors and nurses in the world here at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.”
Pham has received a blood transfusion from Dr. Kent Brantly, a Fort Worth native who was the first Ebola survivor in the United States.
“Ebola is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of a sick person or exposure to contaminated objects such as needles,” the TDSHS release stated. “People are not contagious before symptoms such as fever develop.”
Other news, the White House is having difficulty containing include information about the Obamacare laws, faux-laws and mandates.
Obamacare signups can’t always keep their doctors if they want to. The 8 million people who enrolled, as President Obama claimed last spring, is not anywhere near that figure according to Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.Even Doug Holtz-Eakin, former Congressional Budget Office director stated signing up doesn’t mean you are enrolled because “you have to sign up and pay on a regular basis to really be enrolled.”
The Obamacare 8 million enrollment number is simply not true. Numerous duplicate enrollments are being discovered daily as a new regime continue with repairs to the plagued Healthcare.gov website. Insurance companies in many states are reporting large percentages of people dropping out of the coverage by not paying premiums. In Florida it’s been more than 20 percent. Some companies are reporting over 50 percent.
Through the IRS and other institutions directed by the White House, the federal government is charging a record number of fines to over 2,600 hospitals for readmitting too many of Medicare patients. An analysis by Kaiser Heath indicates that so far, in 29 states, the government is draining an overwhelming amount money, $428 million, from a majority of hospitals because their patients returned within a month of treatment, an Obamacare law.
A Kaiser Family Foundation poll recently reported that 52 percent of women view the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unfavorably, the highest disapproval rate from women ever. This is especially notable since women make about 80 percent of health care choices in American families.
Women have discovered that Obama’s promise that the plan would “lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year,” was nothing but a masked fabrication of deceit.
Rather than reducing health care costs as promised, health insurance premiums have gone up under Obamacare. “Increases are largely due to changes under the ACA,” found a June 2014 Morgan Stanley study, with women facing extremely high premium increases that range from 23 percent to 237 percent.