Obama and his ilk make plans without banking on things going awry. They don't see what-if scenarios.
Now he wants a "SWAT" team healthcare workers. Gimme a break! You only thought of that now?
Why is the CDC concerned about the other folks on the Frontier flight.........it can't be transmitted as an airborn illness.....right?
I don't believe it is feasible to expect every hospital to have such a capacity. Having at least one hospital with such capacities in defined regions is more practical. The U.S. needs a coherent response strategy for such a scenario. That does not mean that every medical facility would play leading roles. One might envision a scenario where, in the case of a pandemic, certain medical facilities would take on patients with routine health issues to free up space at designated critical care institutions assigned the leading role for combating a pandemic.Your average total hospital bed capacity of a city is nowhere even hear what is necessary to handle patients in the event of an outbreak or major disaster because the cost to maintain them the rest of the time is prohibitive. Most hospitals are trying to make some money, but maintaining the necessary "stuff" to handle rare incidents like this will bleed them dry. A profitable hospital is not a hospital that can handle a pandemic.
Overall, the early experience with Ebola in the U.S. has exposed some gaps. Remedying some of those gaps does not really require significant new resources. For example, the CDC's communications have been somewhat sloppy. An emphasis on sticking only to the facts, refraining from making sweeping or overconfident statements for which there isn't sufficiently strong evidence to sustain them, etc., could have avoided many of those early communications-related issues. The CDC can ill afford to the lose the public's confidence concerning a virus that quite frankly the U.S. public poorly understands. Already, at least some media outlets seem to be treating what is still an extremely limited incidence of Ebola in the U.S. as a sort of emergent and inevitable epidemic. Such coverage has dissected the CDC's early statements and seems to have created excessive anxiety.
Personally, I don't think Ebola is going to wind up being a big problem in the United States. Even with the issues that have occurred, the U.S. is vastly better prepared to deal with Ebola than the West African states at the epicenter of the outbreak. Superior resources and infrastructure make a world of difference.