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Failed political solutions to healthcare problems

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During the 2014 Ebola virus epidemic, physician named Dr. Craig Spencer, who had recently returned to New York from treating Ebola patients in Guinea, came down with the disease and was quarantined at Bellvue Hospital.

A news briefing by various officials, including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, was held at Bellvue Hospital. At the briefing, Mayor de Blasio said that:

“[T]here is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed. Ebola is an extremely hard disease to contract. It is transmitted only through contact with an infected person’s blood or other bodily fluids – not through casual contact. New Yorkers who have not been exposed to an infected person’s bodily fluids are not at all at risk.”

Seconds later, the mayor then went on to say that Dr. Spencer “was taken to Bellevue by specially trained emergency medical service workers who followed all transport protocols. The patient is now in isolation.” This qualifier statement, which ran counter to the Mayor’s assurances of safety uttered seconds earlier, was hardly reassuring.

Contemporaneous with the Craig Spencer story, a nurse named Kaci Hickox was forcibly quarantined after........

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