FROM THE LA TIMES 24 Oct 2009 US:
Obama declares swine flu
a national emergency
DECLARATION OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY
WITH RESPECT TO THE 2009 H1N1 INFLUENZA PANDEMIC
- - - - - - -
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
On April 26, 2009, the Secretary of Health and
Human Services (the "Secretary") first declared
a public health emergency under section 319 of
the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. 247d,
in response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus.
The Secretary has renewed that declaration twice,
on July 24, 2009, and....
...October 1, 2009. In addition, by rapidly
identifying the virus, implementing public
health measures, providing guidance for health
professionals and the general public, and developing
an effective vaccine, we have taken proactive steps
to reduce the impact of the pandemic and protect the
health of our citizens. As a Nation, we have prepared
at all levels of government, and as individuals and
communities, taking unprecedented steps to counter
the emerging pandemic.
Nevertheless, the 2009 H1N1 pandemic continues to evolve.
The rates of illness continue to rise rapidly
within many communities across the Nation,
and the potential exists for the pandemic to
overburden health care resources in some localities.
Thus, in recognition of the continuing progression
of the pandemic, and in further preparation as a Nation,
we are taking additional steps to facilitate our response.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President
of the United States of America, by virtue
of the authority vested in me by the Constitution
and the laws of the United States, including
sections 201 and 301 of the National Emergencies
Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) and consistent with
section 1135 of the Social Security Act (SSA),
as amended (42 U.S.C. 1320b-5), do hereby find and
proclaim that, given that the rapid increase in
illness across the Nation may overburden health
care resources and that the temporary waiver of
certain standard Federal requirements may be
warranted in order to enable U.S. health care
facilities to implement emergency operations
plans, the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic in the
United States constitutes a national emergency.
Accordingly, I hereby declare that the Secretary
may exercise the authority under section 1135
of the SSA to temporarily waive or modify certain
requirements of the Medicare, Medicaid, and State
Children's Health Insurance programs and of the
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability
Act Privacy Rule throughout the duration of the
public health emergency declared in response to
the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.
In exercising this authority, the Secretary
shall provide certification and advance written
notice to the Congress as required by section
1135(d) of the SSA (42 U.S.C. 1320b-5(d)).
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand
this twenty-third day of October, in the year
of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence
of the United States of America the two hundred
DID MICHAEL TRY TO WARN US OF THESE THINGS?