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October 27, 2009

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Brendan's cite says that Obama's declaration allows

hospitals to set up alternate care facilities for swine flu victims in schools, nursing homes or other satellite sites without jeopardizing their reimbursement payments from Medicare and Medicaid.

It also allows hospitals to transfer patients to different facilities if they no longer have the capacity to deal with a massive influx of patients as a result of swine flu, and to set up triage centers to determine levels of care and treat the sickest patients first.

I support President Obama's declaration that H1N1 is an emergency. It permits hospitals to take various reasonable steps. These steps are so reasonable, one wonders why they're prohibited.

Because of existing federal control, hospitals need the President's permission to utilze certain reasonable practices. This incident illustrates how centralized government control leads to greater centrlized government control.

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