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Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) says President Obama has endangered American lives by not doing more to alleviate the nation's short supply of H1N1 vaccine. In a new interview with the conservative-leaning CNSNews.com, Wilson says Obama's administration is "solely responsible" for the vaccine shortage, which he said are related to promises America made to donate vaccine to some foreign allies.

From the interview:
"The current administration is solely responsible. They can't blame this on any prior administration," said Wilson. "This is the responsibility of the current administration. They've put the lives of Americans at risk."

The DCCC pointed to a June vote on a supplementary appropriations bill as evidence. Wilson joined 95% of Republicans and voted against the bill, which contained special funding to combat H1N1 both domestically and internationally.

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Asked by Anonymous at 5:27 PM on Nov. 2, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • But the bill also contained other much more money for other plans and programs Republicans at the time viewed as wasteful, including the Cash-For-Clunkers car purchase incentive program.

    Still, the DCCC says that a vote against the bill essentially equaled a vote against combating H1N1 and means Republicans who voted against it like Wilson favored a public health program that would have resulted in even less vaccine than is available now.

    "The families, schools, and businesses fighting against the H1N1 flu pandemic deserve better than House Republicans' reckless, knee jerk partisanship and just-say-no approach to helping prepare for this national emergency," DCCC spokesperson Ryan Rudominer said in a statement released Oct. 27
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:28 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • Wilson has been personally touched by the H1N1 virus. Last week, he sent an email to his district announcing his wife, Roxanne, had been diagnosed with the swine flu and urging his constituents to get vaccinated.

    Wilson says he plans to get vaccinated himself, but "only after the majority of Americans" have received the inoculation, he told CNN last week.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:28 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • It's also obams's fault the dinosaurs died. Just like bush.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 5:57 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • It's also obams's fault the dinosaurs died. Just like bush.


    WOW, Bush and Obama are pretty tricky huh?? LOL

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 6:31 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • So are you saying because Joe Wilsing voted no on cash for clunkers AND because they pushed the H1N1 in the same bill, and not a SEPERATE BILL Rep Joe Wilson doesn't get an opinion???
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 6:32 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • YOU LIE JOE WILSON


    shouting


    LOL

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 6:32 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • *Wilson*
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 6:32 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • So are you saying because Joe Wilsing voted no on cash for clunkers AND because they pushed the H1N1 in the same bill, and not a SEPERATE BILL Rep Joe Wilson doesn't get an opinion???

    That would be dandy if he didn't then blame the Obama admin for the funding issue

    "The current administration is solely responsible. They can't blame this on any prior administration," said Wilson. "This is the responsibility of the current administration. They've put the lives of Americans at risk."
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:34 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • Are you sure he is talking about funding? Or is he talking about sending doses of the vaccine to Gitmo and giving some to the WHO to dispurse, when people in the US are waiting in line for hours, only to find out the clinics have run out?
    Maybe it's less about funding and more about where are the priorities for the H1N1 vaccines the US has already purchased?
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 6:42 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • If anything I think Obama should do something about the price of Tamiflu that people are getting after they are exposed to swine flu. My niece and nephew both have H1N1 and my sister and her husband are not insured b/c he lost his job and had to take on a job paying min wage. So they dropped their insurance b/c they couldn't afford it and the kids are on medicaid. My nephews doctor wrote a RX for my sister and her husband for Tamiflu and when she took it to the pharmacy they told her it was going to cost $240. Thats over half of what they pay in rent each month and there was no way they could get it. They've already been exposed so the vaccine is no help, but the tamiflu could help them from developing symptoms and having to miss work. I think that they need to get on these Pharmaceudical companies for the outrageous prices they charge Americans, but turn around and charge half for other countries.
    amyrw

    Answer by amyrw at 6:52 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

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