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    Obama administration scrapped quarantine regulations in 2010

    Articles from 2010 are now circulating on the internet as to how the Obama administration scrapped new quarantine regulations in 2010 that had been proposed with help from the CDC in 2005.

    "The Obama administration has quietly scrapped plans to enact sweeping new federal quarantine regulations that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention touted four years ago as critical to protecting Americans from dangerous diseases spread by travelers."

    "The regulations, proposed in 2005 during the Bush administration amid fears of avian flu, would have given the federal government additional powers to detain sick airline passengers and those exposed to certain diseases. They also would have expanded requirements for airlines to report ill passengers to the CDC and mandated that airlines collect and maintain contact information for fliers in case they later needed to be traced as part of an investigation into an outbreak."

    "Airline and civil liberties groups, which had opposed the rules, praised their withdrawal."


    So I guess the questions are would this have helped us now that we are facing ebola? Or was the administration correct in scrapping these plans because it would have interfered with peoples civil rights?

    Obama administration scraps quarantine regulations - USATODAY.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    So I guess the questions are would this have helped us now that we are facing ebola? Or was the administration correct in scrapping these plans because it would have interfered with peoples civil rights?

    I'd say the salient question is whether fear is an adequate reason to abandon individual liberty for the sake of having a false sense of being protected by an authoritarian government.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    I'd say the salient question is whether fear is an adequate reason to abandon individual liberty for the sake of having a false sense of being protected by an authoritarian government.
    I am likely to agree. Although I guess I could see the airlines putting in their own policies here. However, we do have a no fly list so do we need a "no sick allowed" list?

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    I keep hearing the ebola guy didn't have any symptoms until a couple days after he arrived here, so I don't know if this rule would have helped.

    I understand the ACLU's position on this, they are being consistent to their mission so I'm not bothered by it.

    As for the airlines, after 9/11 there was a hearing where all the CEOs of the major carriers showed up and whined that if they had to raise their ticket prices even $5, it would bankrupt them.

    I'm sure if the federal government offered to comp them for any empty seats (at full price of course), they'd be happy to kick sick people off planes.

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