Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg News: Federal stockpile of N95 masks was depleted under Obama and never restocked

Thornbird

Forum Admin
Phoenix, Arizona
It seems that the shortage of equipment was the fault of the Obama administration who used up our supplies and never restocked them.

Yet one more mess left for Trump to clean up and ultimately be blamed by the left for.

The national shortage of N95 respirator masks can be traced back to 2009 after the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, when the Obama administration was advised to replenish a national stockpile but did not, according to reports from Bloomberg News and the Los Angeles Times.


The Trump administration is scrambling to replenish a stockpile of protective medical gear for healthcare workers and patients as the coronavirus sweeps across the nation. N95 respirator masks are one of the most needed medical supplies amid the outbreak.

The George W. Bush administration published the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza plan in 2005, which called on the federal government to distribute medical supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile governed by the Health and Human Services Department in the event of an outbreak.

In 2009, the H1N1 outbreak hit the United States, leading to 274,304 hospitalizations, 12,469 deaths, and a depletion of N95 respirator masks.

A federally backed task force and a safety equipment organization both recommended to the Obama administration that the stockpile be replenished with the 100 million masks used after the H1N1 outbreak.

Charles Johnson, president of the International Safety Equipment Association, said that advice was never heeded.

“Our association is unaware of any major effort to restore the stockpile to cover that drawdown,” he said.

HHS Secretary Alex Azar reported last month that only 12 million N95 masks were available in the stockpile, “a tiny fraction of the 3.5 billion masks one of Azar’s deputies later testified the nation’s healthcare system would need,” the Los Angeles Times noted.
 

Thornbird

Forum Admin
Phoenix, Arizona
Well it's interesting that two of the far left media outlets reported it.

That is not the norm for them.

Maybe it was buried in the back of the paper.
 

Thornbird

Forum Admin
Phoenix, Arizona
And nobody in that office noticed for the first three years of Trump's tenure? :think:
When a new presidents people come in, they shouldn't have to spend all their time going over every policy of the previous president and double checking their work looking for errors. It's expected that the previous president would have taken care of it....if you use something then replace it.

Trump has his own things to worry about without focusing on every mistake Obama made but now it looks like he should be doing that since Obama was incompetent.
 
New Haven, CT
When a new presidents people come in, they shouldn't have to spend all their time going over every policy of the previous president and double checking their work looking for errors. It's expected that the previous president would have taken care of it....if you use something then replace it.

Trump has his own things to worry about without focusing on every mistake Obama made but now it looks like he should be doing that since Obama was incompetent.
OMG - how disingenuous you are! LOL

He HAS gone through every single thing President Obama did - and has done his damnest to dismantle the President's every move, agenda and program. LOL

Now, all of a sudden, that fat orange turd has been too busy worry about affairs of state to think about what President Obama did?!

Do you really BELIEVE this stuff you write and post?!

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Thornbird

Forum Admin
Phoenix, Arizona
OMG - how disingenuous you are! LOL

He HAS gone through every single thing President Obama did - and has done his damnest to dismantle the President's every move, agenda and program. LOL

Now, all of a sudden, that fat orange turd has been too busy worry about affairs of state to think about what President Obama did?!

Do you really BELIEVE this stuff you write and post?!

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Why are you giving Obama a pass on this?

Don't you think he should have replaced the stockpile he used?

And why in the world do you think Trump would even consider the use of surgical masks as something to look into? This wasn't an Obama policy that needed reversing, it was a screw up from Obama.

This is a prime example of the left not blaming Obama for something but blaming Trump for not catching it.
 
New Haven, CT
Yes, he should have...or, at least, the people working under should have.

Of course, since Trump DISMANTLED the pandemic office that was put in place by Obama, there WAS nobody to check under Trump. And god knows he wasn't about to pull himself away from his television set, tanning booth and hair styling chair to do it himself.
 

Thornbird

Forum Admin
Phoenix, Arizona
Yes, he should have...or, at least, the people working under should have.

Of course, since Trump DISMANTLED the pandemic office that was put in place by Obama, there WAS nobody to check under Trump. And god knows he wasn't about to pull himself away from his television set, tanning booth and hair styling chair to do it himself.
Your refusal to apply any blame to democrats for their mistakes is quite evident throughout multiple threads here. The overall point here is that republicans shouldn't have to spend time cleaning up the mistakes of democrats, it should be expected that they would have taken care of business.

We now know that is not the case when they are in power and the following republicans will have to double check everything they've done to ensure that the nation isn't in peril again.
 
New Haven, CT
Oh stop.
I said that Obama's team should have replaced the masks.
YOU'RE the one who refuses to apply any blame to the worst president in the history of the nation!

The one thing you are expert at: revisionist history.
 

Thornbird

Forum Admin
Phoenix, Arizona
Oh stop.
I said that Obama's team should have replaced the masks.
YOU'RE the one who refuses to apply any blame to the worst president in the history of the nation!

The one thing you are expert at: revisionist history.
You are assuming Trump's people knew there was a shortage of masks.

Were they told that when they came in?

Think about it, if Obama's people were not going to replace them do you really think they are going to pass on that information to Trump's people?

Doubtful.
 

Thornbird

Forum Admin
Phoenix, Arizona
They didn't do an inventory in THREE YEARS?

Oh - right - they couldn't because Trump disbanded the office
Why would you recount things that have already been counted and not used?

It's called a national stockpile for a reason, it's a safety measure. When a new person comes into charge in an organization their first order isn't usually to recount everything.....they are busy getting familiar with the system and implementing new procedures....it's understandable how they wouldn't know this without being informed about it. Again, it's one more thing the Obama people failed at....not only did they not replace them but didn't even find it important enough to pass along to Trump. It's just not possible to lay this blame on Trump.....if he had known then they would have been replaced.

What's also interesting is how the majority of left-wing news sites refuse to report on this and I'm sure even you are aware of that. It's a clear example of their bias in reporting.
 

Thornbird

Forum Admin
Phoenix, Arizona
I repeat:

Oh - right - they couldn't because Trump disbanded the office
Because it was wasteful.

It is your contention that nobody is in charge of our national stockpiles anymore? All disbanding that office did was place the work responsibility on someone else who obviously failed to report the shortage of masks, probably because they were never informed by the Obama people that they were missing. And I'm also sure that these people do not go and hand count millions of masks.

Remember that when this office was in existence they never replaced the masks so why do you think they were necessary again other than giving people a paycheck for doing nothing?
 
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I repeat:

Oh - right - they couldn't because Trump disbanded the officeAN

Has nothing to do with the OP. That mythical office only existed since 2015 anyway.

President Trump offered to send CDC experts to China and they refused them, so the matter is moot as well.
 
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