Citing the threat of Ebola spreading further domestically, the largest labor union for registered nurses in the United States called on Obama to “invoke his executive authority” to commandeer hospitals and essentially declare himself to be medical dictator.
In a letter to the president, the National Nurses United group, which has faced controversy for its radical activism in the past, called on Obama to “order” all U.S. hospitals to meet “uniform, national standards and protocols” under the guise of protecting patients, healthcare workers, and the public. However, aside from the fact that Obama has no such “executive authority,” critics say forcing all hospitals to follow the same dubious standards is the worst possible idea if protecting people is truly the goal.
Amid its demands for more lawless tyranny to fight Ebola, the controversial Big Labor group for nurses — an affiliate of the extreme AFL-CIO that openly supported the Occupy Wall Street movement — also seized the opportunity to attack what little remains of the free market in America’s healthcare system. “In a nation that is handcuffed by a fragmented, uncoordinated privately-run health care industry, only a direct mandate from the President or Congress to order hospitals to implement the highest possible standards and protocols will suffice to attack and eradicate the threat of Ebola in the U.S.,” claimed NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro in a statement. The press release failed to point out that Obama has no legitimate power to “mandate” or “order” hospitals around — let alone the knowledge or experience.
Commenting on Obama’s appointment of a controversial lawyer to serve as the administration’s “Ebola Czar,” the nurses’ union “welcomed” the appointment, but said it was not enough. “What we need is a real czar to assure public safety, not a communicator, and the power to cut the hospitals’ Medicare and Medicaid funding if they still refuse to adhere to those standards and leave their patients, nurses and other caregivers at extreme risk,” union boss DeMoro, who also serves as vice president of the AFL-CIO, continued in a statement. The nurses group is also circulating a petition calling on Obama to invoke non-existent “executive authority to mandate uniform, national standards and protocols.” It was not clear what section or “penumbras” of the U.S. Constitution the radical labor leaders believed grant Obama any authority to commandeer hospitals.