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I don’t intend GuestWomb to turn into a poltical battlefield. But last week I fired this off to the Philadelphia Inquirer Letters section.

H1N1 is Obama’s “Katrina”

A deadly storm takes aim at our nation. Monitoring systems provided adequate warning, yet our government is woefully unprepared. Best case plans give way to worst case scenarios.  Mass confusion ensues as the first waves sweep in with conflicting information that changes by the day. When help finally does arrive, some in the privileged class get special treatment while the less fortunate get left behind. We shake our heads in amazement and ask: Why did our leaders fail us?

This isn’t a recap of the horrors of Katrina. I’m describing what is shaping to be a much bigger disaster — the H1N1 Flu Vaccine crisis. The Swine Flu storm track threatens every single family in this country, including my own. As we watched this pandemic gather force and roar into the Flu season, our national health care system – a consortium of profit motivated pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies together with inept public health departments — has put our nation at risk.  

While my pregnant wife frantically calls every doctor, pharmacy and clinic she can to find this vital medicine, we read about H1N1 dosage sent to the Wall Street elite firms. Even Gitmo detainees are scheduled to be immunized ahead of the people who urgently need help. I don’t think even “Brownie” would approve.

George Bush had his Katrina. Will the H1N1 Flu Debacle be President Obama’s legacy? 

Reading between the lines — the angry ones — you can no doubt sense I’m a little nervous. Michelle should be one of the first in line for the H1N1 vaccine, along with our asthmatic teenage daughter. After burning up the phone lines this week, Michelle finally got the attention of her primary doctor and will be called when they receive vaccine next week. Or so we hope. Our kids are getting the shots the following week.

But for now I’m still out in the cold. 

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