Are health experts playing into political games when it comes to Ebola?
Speaking to Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) gave a passionate summary of why he thinks a travel ban is necessary to protect the U.S. from West Africa’s Ebola outbreak — even though health officials have spoken out against a ban:
The doctors and experts that are saying [a travel ban wouldn’t work] are working for the [Obama] administration and are repeating the administration talking points. Their arguments don’t make sense. The first argument about the screens doesn’t make sense because they don’t work during the 21-day incubation period and the second argument that they make is they say a travel ban would prevent health care relief workers from arriving in West Africa. No one is talking about banning flights into West Africa, of course physicians and nurses and health care workers should be allowed to go in there and we can send them in on charter flights or military C-130 aircraft with appropriate safety precautions. That’s very different from saying commercial airlines should fly, day after day after day, with hundreds of passengers connecting with thousands of passengers coming all throughout the country. The arguments they’re giving don’t make sense.
Cruz went on to accuse the Obama administration of turning a public health crisis into a political issue.
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