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Dr. Jane Orient on Gov't and Ebola: 'They've Been Extremely Overconfident'

By Dan Joseph | October 17, 2014 | 9:59am EDT

It’s been two weeks and the Ebola scare is still dominating the airwaves.

When the reporting on Ebola first began, I sat down with Ebola expert Dr. Jane Orient and discussed the possibilities of the disease spreading and how competent the government has been in its reaction to the virus, so far. "They've been extremely overconfident," she warned.

"There's been so much talk about how wonderful it would be to have something like Ebola to wipe out ninety percent of the population. There are people who think the Earth is greatly overpopulated and people who would like to destroy Americans and they don't mind blowing themselves up with a suicide vest," warned Dr. Orient, who is the executive director of the 55,000-member American Association of Physicians and Surgeons.

She said she doesn't think the presence of Ebola in the U.S. is the result of any type of a terror attack - but, it is a possibility:

"No, the man came into Dallas, I think, hoping that he could get more effective treatment here. I'm saying this is a possibility - we don't know that it is happening, but we don't know that it isn't."

The new health care law is putting Ebola victims are greater risk, Dr. Orient said:

"Obamacare is driving doctors out of independent practice; it is driving hospitals, especially small rural hospitals out of business; it is cutting back even further on our search capacity. Already, we have a shortage, even of simple things like IV solutions, and hospitals that are doing elective surgery have to plan very carefully to make sure they have enough IV fluids.

"These are the only things that we can offer to Ebola patients right now, is to keep them from dying of dehydration before their body can fight off the virus."

Dr. Orient said Obama threatens the medical community's ability to practice medicine - especially when there's a health care crisis:

"I think it's going to hinder our ability to practice medicine altogether and certainly will hinder our ability to respond to a crisis."

 

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