Sen. Bob Casey appeared on Meet the Press last Sunday to address the situation concerning the Ebola virus.
Casey faced questions from host Chuck Todd ranging from the appropriate immediate response to the virus to responsible rhetoric from media and politicians alike.
The Senator advocated for the commonsense solution of “absolute preparedness” by local as well as major hospitals as a measure of security. He specifically mentioned a recent trip to UPMC Presbyterian, saying it is “changing and moving quickly to implement better protective protocols.”
A later montage featured clips of extreme responses to the outbreak from several Congressmen including Pennsylvania’s own Mike Kelly.
“Oh, you don’t have to worry about this, you don’t have to worry about this. Really? Well, the government needs to stop acting as if it’s absurd for people to fear a virus that liquefies their internal organs,” Kelly said.
Casey regarded this as not responsible rhetoric as the public looks to its elected officials. The pragmatic senator declared, “I think what we need to remember as a Congress is constructive proposals based upon the science and medical expertise, not based upon politics.”