Why the government shutdown is bad for Americans’ health (Al Jazeera, Oct 5., 2013)

src.adapt.480.lowOn the brink of this year’s flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been forced to shut down its disease-monitoring systems, significantly limiting its ability to identify and stymy outbreaks ranging from mutant seasonal flus to E. coli and more.

Shuttering of the monitoring system represents just one of several federal-government programs intended to safeguard Americans that are partially or completely out of commission as a result of the government shutdown. Food inspection, clinical trials and medical research are also on hold, possibly putting millions of Americans at risk while Republican lawmakers continue to keep all “nonessential” federal workers furloughed in their effort to delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Read the rest at Al Jazeera America: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/10/5/why-the-governmentshutdownisbadforamericanshealth.html

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