obama declares swine flu a national emergency

… which, like other ‘national emergencies’, lets vague directives kick in and be used in broad & sweeping ways – checkpoints, curfews & possible forced vaccinations …
obama declares swine flu a national emergencyfrom ap: President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency and empowered his health secretary to suspend federal requirements and speed treatment for thousands of infected people.

The declaration that Obama signed late Friday authorized Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to bypass federal rules so health officials can respond more quickly to the outbreak, which has killed more than 1,000 people in the United States.

The goal is to remove bureaucratic roadblocks and make it easier for sick people to seek treatment and medical providers to provide it immediately. That could mean fewer hurdles involving Medicare, Medicaid or health privacy regulations.

As a nation, we have prepared at all levels of government, and as individuals and communities, taking unprecedented steps to counter the emerging pandemic,” Obama wrote in the declaration, which the White House announced Saturday.

10/27 updates:
obama declares natl emergency over swine flu; but why?*
obama declares swine flu a national emergency*
obama’s h1n1 emergency declaration: is martial law unfolding?*
obama declares swine flu a national emergency*
emergency declaration could invoke fema response to pandemic*
another government ’emergency’*
swine flu scam reaches new heights with obama’s emergency declaration*
swine flu emergency! what does that mean?*
mandatory h1n1 vaccine for ny health workers suspended*
canadians wary of swine flu vaccine*
more than half of chinese don’t want swine flu shot: poll*
flu pandemic could overwhelm internet capacity, gao warns*
1st daughters not vaccinated against h1n1*
video: paul questioned why obama kids hadn’t vaccinated*

10/29 updates:
smashing pumpkins’ billy corgan on swine flu propaganda*
obama launches deceptive swine flu propaganda blitz*
possible deaths from h1n1 vaccine reported in sweden*
irish boy rushed to hospital after swine flu jab*
video: blunt needles for swine flu vaccine*
ny gov paterson declares a state emergency to deal with the swine flu*
national security, one microbe at a time*
attempted murder of six harvard microbiologists*
breakthrough doc ‘house of numbers’ challenges conventional thinking on aids*
US govt report recommends blocking popular websites during pandemic flu outbreak*
obama’s kids got their shot last week*
video: mass vax begins in quebec*

as long as we’re here, let’s add envirohealth updates:
intl day of climate change brought to you by the rockefellers*
viral video heats up global warming debate*
video: is obama poised to cede US sovereignty?*
death by treaty: lord monckton on ‘the crisis of copenhagen’*
audio: corbett report interview w/ lord monckton*
are people reacting to hand sanitizers?*
‘little mermaid’ girl dies at age 10*
video: reid supports health care public option*
study suggests insecticide causes lupus & arthritis*
no men or women needed: artificial sperm & eggs created*
south korean cloning scientist convicted*
getting enough sleep? they aren’t in west virginia*

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