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Perhaps the President isn't aware that he already has one: Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) | HHS.gov
Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H.
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
Seems like she has the qualifications to deal with the issue.
“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
It is of course, all political. The gentleman running to unseat Al Franken up here is starting to use it as an issue, and suggested that Obama needed to appoint a "cabinet level" advisor to handle it:
In appeals to voters, McFadden seizes on Ebola and Franken pushes women's health | Star Tribunecalled on President Barack Obama to appoint a cabinet member to coordinate disease response.
If the GOP decides to turn it into an issue (which some of their more desperate candidates are), well...
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