Ebola and Donald Trump’s Attempted Murder.
Three years ago Ebola was sweeping across portions of Africa. Some brave American healthcare workers were there on the front lines treating the victims and working to prevent the disease from spreading. Early on, two such American citizens contracted the disease and were flown back to Atlanta for care.
A future American President, hostile to science and contemptuous of any authority beyond his own ignorance, accused American healthcare professionals of lying about the disease and demanded these two American citizens not be allowed to return to this country for treatment.
The Americans Donald Trump demanded be kept out of the country have names. They are Dr. Kent Brantly and nurse Nancy Writebol. Because Trump was not yet in a position to deny them the care they needed they both recovered fully and did so without transmitting the disease to anyone. It is generally agreed they both would have died had they not been medically from airlifted from Monrovia, Liberia to the isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where they received experimental treatments leading to their full recovery.
Let’s be clear about this. Had Donald Trump been President at the time his decisions would have killed these two people for being sick. He would have denied them the care here they needed, and which worked. His ignorance, and ludicrous conspiracy theories against our scientists, would have killed Kent Brantly (married and father of two) and Nancy Writebol.
The deaths from Trump’s having his way may have killed even more Americans. After their recovery both Brantly and Writebol donated their Ebola antibody containing plasma to treat other patients with the disease. Both continue to have their immune systems studied to improve understandings in how to treat Ebola and perhaps someday develop a vaccine.
Someday there will be more people like Brantly and Writebol. It may not be Ebola, but it will be people who need a level headed President who will not succumb to decision making rooted in ignorance, irrational conspiracy theories, and prejudice. If this President acts as he has said he would, his ignorance and general looniness will kill people as surely as it would have killed Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol.
We have finally met the dreaded healthcare “death panel.” Its name is Donald Trump.