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I'll we have breaking news on the H1N1.
Flu -- the Obama administration announcing you guidelines on dealing with the upcoming flu season.
And joining us now to talk about the plan to help businesses -- pat health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius and commerce secretary Gary law.
Ladies gentlemen thank you very much for joining us we appreciate it -- -- Secretary -- at Arkansas we do we have extensively detailed to our audience what -- -- plan is to get businesses to cope with a potential outbreak.
This is very much a financial program and I wanna concentrate on the possible impact of an effect of an outbreak of H1N1 in the United States.
Does it have the capacity to cause serious damage to the overall economy by shutting down a -- -- -- state.
Well that's why it's so important that businesses.
Prepare for -- -- and it really is the fate of their businesses in the economy rests in their own hands.
That's why we held.
Conference today and that's why in fact we have a web -- a toolkit.
That every company can use and refer to.
And it's available over the Internet at WWW.
Dot gov could -- -- on how they can prevent this -- mr.
secretary got a good idea but it could it could it be that bad immunity if I I know you're gonna take precautions on the stood.
But could you shut down a state with this thing.
Well it's really no different than the seasonal flu virus but that because this is a new type of virus.
And a lot of people different categories of people are more susceptible than others that's why it's so important.
That people prepare for it and businesses and it's really in the control businesses.
Training now so that if they have large number of people apps and that they can carry on.
And not shut down and not impact their business that's why they need to get the message out to their employees that at the first sign of a fever.
Or illness that they go home stay home not be heroic not try to come to work.
And that they have flexible.
Personnel policies for instance not requiring people to submit a note from the doctor saying that they or their children were sick.
Because trying to get notes from doctors will only.
Compound or or -- flood the doctor's offices when in fact they're trying to take care of the sick.
And also making sure that people don't feel that they might lose their job.
Unless they come into work because if they come into work sick him for fear that they might lose their job that I can only hurt the business in the long run.
Madame secretary we hear that there is a shortfall in the amount of vaccine the number of vaccine doses available.
Bushel full of about two -- we understand.
Now some people -- saying -- this is an example of the government just not performing very well that is government incompetence.
How do you respond to that.
Well -- first of all I don't think it's accurate that they'll be a short fall we will have the vaccine.
Necessary to immunize all Americans who want to get vaccinated and I think that's very good news we've working with five different manufactures.
As you know the clinical trials are starting right now by mid October.
We will have the production lines ready to go which is always what we've said so that.
What we're talking about is it all won't come off the production line simultaneously.
Be able to distributed on a daily basis we want the priority populations to.
Get to the front of the line and that's really -- we're working with the private sector with our public partners -- -- Is that kind of letting madam secretary is -- no delay -- no -- at all from the timeframe you originally laid out the Netherlands.
And no there isn't -- -- there is no delay mid October is still the target date to have first lines of production ready to go and ready to get shots in people's arms so a lot of planting is going on right now.
But there's a lot of mitigation that has to go on about four.
The vaccine is available starting with the fact that we've -- seasonal flu vaccine ready to go right now -- hope that people get their seasonal flu shots.
Quickly get those out of the way and be ready to deal with H1N1 -- madame secretary I'm gonna.
-- your attention to an article today by Warren Buffett's in the New York Times.
He is warning against spending borrowing and printing money so much the current course of policy.
Do you think that we should press ahead.
With a trillion dollar Health Care Reform plan bearing in mind this is a warning for Warren Buffett a principal support for the Obama administration are you committed.
To a health reform plan a little cost a trillion dollars.
Well I think -- two things are important for -- not a huge fan of of Warren -- and that.
And we should all listen to him carefully.
The majority of money that congress is talking about dedicating to health reform is parity in the system.
It's money we're spending day in and day out.
Paying for things that really don't lead to better health outcomes for most Americans that -- -- secretary he is warning he's warning look he says look you keep your present any athletic and you -- be a banana republic.
That if UN Florida Health Care Reform it does cost more you -- gonna spend mole.
We are going to spend some more but I would suggest that we gonna spend a lot less than doing nothing.
Right now health costs are the fastest growing costs in this country are ready almost 17% of the GDP.
Pricing people out of the market making our companies less competitive with.
Competitors so that doing nothing.
Actually has a huge cost and Warren Buffett would be the first one to verify that.
We need dramatic reform in the health care system to lower the costs for everyone is let's say the majority of the money.
Is coming from within the current system where we spend more and get less.
Less beneficial health results in any country on earth at.
And Stewart about why this is an administration -- private health insurance.
Has such an enemy.
Why -- you demonizing an intimidating private health insurance law.
-- -- first -- -- you need to understand that most employers are providing health insurance to their employees and buying from the private sector from the private insurance companies.
But those private insurance companies are charging.
Increases of 10% a year.
And company profits are not rising by 10% a year and in fact the cost to their employees.
For their employees.
Will more than double in the next several years and that's completely unsustainable and will bankrupt American companies and make us so less competitive they get the -- the status course and that's why the status courses completely unacceptable -- -- -- large companies.
And medium size companies are all calling for Health Care Reform.
If you get that.
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