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Oct 17, 2014

Obama open to appointing Ebola ‘czar,’ opposes travel ban

WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said
on Thursday that he was considering appointing an Ebola “czar”
to coordinate the fight against the virus in the United States
but he remained opposed to a ban on travel from West Africa.

Obama’s administration is under growing criticism from
lawmakers over its efforts to contain the disease at home. Obama
authorized calling up military reservists for the U.S. fight
against Ebola in West Africa on Thursday.

Oct 16, 2014

Obama approves reservists for Ebola fight, government under fire

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama authorized calling up military reservists for the U.S. fight against Ebola in West Africa on Thursday, as lawmakers criticized his administration’s efforts to contain the disease at home.

Obama’s move came after lawmakers held a congressional hearing to probe the federal response to the virus. Amid criticism of perceived missteps by the administration, many House of Representatives members joined calls for a ban on travel from the hardest-hit West African countries: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Oct 16, 2014

Obama approves reservists for Ebola fight, govt under fire

WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
authorized calling up military reservists for the U.S. fight
against Ebola in West Africa on Thursday, as lawmakers
criticized his administration’s efforts to contain the disease
at home.

Obama’s move came after lawmakers held a congressional
hearing to probe the federal response to the virus. Amid
criticism of perceived missteps by the administration, many
House of Representatives members joined calls for a ban on
travel from the hardest-hit West African countries: Liberia,
Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Oct 16, 2014

Lawmakers blast government handling of Ebola on American soil

WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers on Thursday
blasted the Obama administration’s handling of Ebola on American
soil, warning that public trust is waning after two nurses
caring for a Liberian man with the disease contracted the virus.

“The trust and credibility of the administration and
government are waning as the American public loses confidence
each day, with demonstrated failures of the current strategy,”
said the chairman of a House of Representatives panel,
Republican Timothy Murphy of Pennsylvania.

Oct 16, 2014

Wider Ebola outbreak in Africa would threaten U.S. health – CDC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s top public health adviser warned that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa could pose a long-term danger to the American healthcare system if it spread more widely in Africa.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told a congressional oversight panel on Thursday that there is a lot of fear of the disease, which has killed nearly 4,500 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea this year.

Oct 16, 2014

Wider Ebola outbreak in Africa would threaten U.S. health -CDC

WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s top
public health adviser warned that the Ebola outbreak in West
Africa could pose a long-term danger to the American healthcare
system if it spread more widely in Africa.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), told a congressional oversight
panel on Thursday that there is a lot of fear of the disease,
which has killed nearly 4,500 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia
and Guinea this year.

Oct 8, 2014

Obamacare website likely ready for record-breaking traffic: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Obama administration officials on Wednesday said an improved HealthCare.gov website should be able to break its own record for online traffic next month, when consumers begin using the site to enroll in private health insurance for 2015.

Andrew Slavitt, a top U.S. official working to implement the law known as Obamacare, said the goal for traffic capacity is “significantly more than on the highest peak day.” That peak day was March 31, the last official day for 2014 enrollments, when the site handled more than 125,000 users at a time, for a total daily volume of 4.8 million visitors.

Sep 26, 2014

U.S. says diseases like Ebola should be viewed as security threats

WASHINGTON, Sept 26 (Reuters) – The Obama administration
urged the international community Friday to view outbreaks of
Ebola, MERS and other deadly diseases as global security threats
that require broad and rapid responses to protect the safety of
populations and economies.

Top U.S. officials from the White House, Pentagon and State
Department met with representatives from 44 countries and
multilateral agencies, including the United Nations and World
Bank, to call for implementation of 7-year-old global standards
for dealing with deadly epidemics and other health dangers,
including biological attacks.

Sep 26, 2014

Money talks: Obamacare initiative makes headway in Republican states

HARRISBURG Pennsylvania (Reuters) РPresident Barack Obama’s plan to extend health coverage to millions of poor Americans remains highly contentious, yet it is gaining momentum among several initially reluctant states where financial pragmatism is trumping ideology.

Up to a dozen states, including several led by Republicans, could move forward with plans to expand coverage under Medicaid after the November elections. They take their cue from Pennsylvania and other states that have won Washington’s approval to add commercial innovations to the 50-year-old government program to make it more palatable to conservatives.

Sep 24, 2014

Obamacare to save U.S. hospitals $5.7 billion in uncompensated care: government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday said it expects expanded health coverage under the Affordable Care Act to save U.S. hospitals $5.7 billion this year on the cost of caring for uninsured Americans.

A report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said nearly three-quarters of the savings, $4.2 billion, would occur in states that have opted to expand the Medicaid healthcare program for the poor as part of the law, popularly known as Obamacare.

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