News Outlets Examine Federal Response To Ebola, Epidemic’s Influence In U.S. Politics

News outlets examine the federal response to the Ebola crisis, including analysis of its potential influence in U.S. politics.

CQ HealthBeat: Ebola Watch: Congress Begins Grappling With a Response
“A House subcommittee is returning from recess for a hearing Thursday that should offer a preview of how Congress will react to the spread of Ebola when it reconvenes next month. With three states touched directly by the Ebola virus so far and effects rippling into others, lawmakers are beginning to grapple with a wide range of policy implications that extend well beyond the public health response into transportation and legal issues…” (Ferguson, 10/15).

The Hill: President Obama’s Ebola problem
“The Ebola crisis in the United States has become an anchor threatening to sink the Obama presidency. Already under fire from critics who saw the federal response to the outbreak as disorganized and timid, things went from bad to worse on Wednesday when it was revealed a second nurse had contracted the disease while treating a Liberian man at a Dallas-area hospital…” (Sink, 10/15).

Reuters: White House shifts into crisis mode on Ebola response
“Rising public anxiety about the Ebola virus has forced the White House to shift into crisis mode and cancel two days of planned political events as President Barack Obama strives to show he has control over stopping the spread of the deadly disease. Just three weeks ahead of critical midterm elections, Obama is facing increased pressure from Republican critics…” (Rampton, 10/16).