It’s Barack Obama’s Fault There’s a Shortage of N95 Respirator Masks

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Last week Bloomberg published a story about the mask shortages and how that was making it difficult for hospital workers in various states to take alternative measures to help protect themselves during the coronavirus pandemic, including making masks out of office supplies, and taking masks home to bleach them so they can be reused. It paints a horrible picture of chaos in our nation’s hospitals, and attempts to blame the problem on the Trump administration, because the Strategic National Stockpile, which is maintained by the Health and Human Services Department, is insufficient for the current crisis.

Back in 2005, the Bush administration published the “National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza.” The strategy called for plans to distribute medical supplies from the national stockpile and to assist state and local efforts to handle an outbreak, but last month, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told Congress that the national stockpile of N95 respirator masks was 12 million—a mere fraction of the 1.7 billion masks government scientists estimated back in 2015 would be needed in the event of a severe flu outbreak.

How did we end up with such a low stockpile? It used to be much larger. What happened to it?

Buried several paragraphs deep in the aforementioned Bloomberg story we find out that “after the H1N1 influenza outbreak in 2009, which triggered a nationwide shortage of masks and caused a 2- to 3-year backlog orders for the N95 variety, the stockpile distributed about three-quarters of its inventory and didn’t build back the supply.”

That’s right, the shortage of N95 masks can be traced back to the H1N1 (swine flu) pandemic of 2009… when Barack Obama was president.

A different story from the Los Angeles Times published last week goes into more detail about what happened after the swine flu pandemic depleted the supply. According to their story, “After the swine flu epidemic in 2009, a safety-equipment industry association and a federally sponsored task force both recommended that depleted supplies of N95 respirator masks […] be replenished by the stockpile.” The problem is that didn’t happen. According to Charles Johnson, president of the International Safety Equipment Association, about 100 million N95 respirator masks were used up during the swine flu pandemic of 2009-2010, but, he said was unaware of any “major effort to restore the stockpile to cover that drawdown.”

In short, even though the Obama administration was advised to replenish the national stockpile of the N95 respirator masks, they didn’t. Despite the fact the media traced the cause of the shortage back to 2009, they accuse Trump of poor planning and trying to deflect responsibility. It doesn’t take a genius to know that in 2009 Barack Obama was president, but not once in either story did Bloomberg or the Los Angeles Times link the failure to replenish the N95 respirator masks with Obama or his administration, after they apparently ignored recommendations to do so.

President Trump has received criticism for blaming Obama for various deficiencies in the coronavirus response, and here we have the media tracing one particular deficiency back to the Obama years, and yet they avoid directly linking it by name to his administration. Obama had six years to restore that stockpile and even make it bigger. But he didn’t. Yet, the media today wants you to believe it’s Trump’s fault.

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    • This is total BS. The H1n1 virus lasted one year. Obama called it an emergency before the first American did. Obama and Biden informed Trump how to handle this situation in a scenario game in 2017. Trump inherited Obama’s comprehensive National Pandemic Response Unit. Trump threw it out months before the Pandemic hit and Trump fired the Obama Pandemic monitor based in China who could have warned us much sooner. Even if Obama could have seen the future need for masks, , it would have made no difference because Trump botched the early response, he knew better.

      • OK Jr. I challenge you to go into the budget document to prove you are right. If you cannot find funding to replace the masks that were used, you are proven to be wrong. Give the real funding source for the replacement of the masks. Otherwise, stop making a bad situation worse.

      • You are kidding us. Obama’s timeline on swine flu for this virus would mean he would announce there’s a virus in another four months. Democrats were too busy laundering ill gotten gain to bother doing what was right. We would still be pulling ambulances with horses figuratively if we stuck with the antiquated system Obama left behind.

      • TRUMP SHOULD have fired all of them…they had at LEAST three years of the BO administration to refill the stock and DIDN”T…they did NOT earn the right to be in the least bit a part of the “National Pandemic Response Unit”…they were inept…the “stock pile” most certainly should have been restocked…it IS BO’s problem – take the heat like a man…sleeseball!!!

      • JR, it seems as though you are as dumb as that pile of dog poop above!

        It also seems that you are just another Trump hater, for no good reason.

      • tell us how you know all this information?
        DID YOU HELP FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO THIS TO SCREW US .
        HES TRIED AN ACCOMPLISHED QUIET A BIT OF AMERICAN RUIN
        GET OUT OF THE COUNTRY, GO BACK TO KENYA AND DO WHAT YOUR FATHER DOES BEST.

      • Obama did screw up and being a devout democrat you will never admit it. Obama put the country at risk , supplying a Terrorist country to be able to build Missiles and to have nuclear material for a bomb. As always the Democratic Party led by Nancy Pelosi and Mr. Schumer well everything for themselves and not American citizen

      • Where are you getting your information? It is contrary to every report I have seen on the H1N1 virus I have seen.

      • Jr it is a true blessing and Thank god Trump threw out Obama’s National Pandemic Response Unit!!!! Look at what a great job Trump and his administration and Pandemic team have been doing! Trump is awesome and all the frontline doctors and nurses have done a great job. Companies and individual people are volunteering to help wherever they can! Why you ask? Because this virus was given immediate attention by our President and he has made swift and unpopular decisions at the beginning. Thank god that he made the decisions to close our borders as soon as he did. More people would have lost there lives. He has always taken this virus serious. As he has learned things about it he has shared them with our country! We are all learning by this. Obama crooked our nation. He is a crook!!! Keep trying to convince yourselves he was a good president! He wasn’t and still isn’t a citizen of the USA and that has been proven by his altered birth certificates!! Pop some popcorn JR and watch what a real President is supposed to do and continues to do.

      • I AGREE OBAMA CALLED IT AN EMERGENCY BEFORE AMERICA DID. OBAMA AND BIDEN INFORMED TRUMP HOW TO HANDLE THIS SITUATION AND HE REFUSED TO LISTEN TO THEM.

        STOP BLAMING OBAMA FOR ALL THE THINGS TRUMP SAYS. TRUMP BOTCHED THE EARLY RESPONSE, AND HE KNEW BETTER. STOP PUTING UP LIES.

        • Actually China released info about this virus in late Dec., Trump banned travel from China in early Jan, however the dems called him a racist and attempted to block the travel ban. The ban finally went thru in February. Obama with the swine flu that started in April 2009, the idiot didn’t claim it an emergency until October 2009. Between 4/09 and 4/10 60.8 million Americans were infected So demwit, don’t even try to lay blame on Trump as being late to respond.

      • It is documented when the H1N1 pandemic hit, Obamas response was everyone should chill. 100,000 people died, 275,00 hospitalized. A really big botch job by the Obama administration. This is all on video and documented.

      • So Obama couldn’t see the future and have the masks produced but Trump should have seen the future and had them made? What an idiot statement! Just another Trump hater. Go back to your cellar and have you mom get you some more cookies.

    • The BIG ZERO STRIKES AGAIN!!!!! He Was and IS the biggest liar ever,,,,and that includes his fake birth certificate as only a beginning!!! If his “WIFE” is picked by Biden,,,,,GOD ONLY KNOWS WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO AMERICA!!!!! BIDEN IS A “MIND-WARP” and a crook, looking back into his actions over the past twenty years,,,his DEMAND that the party investigating his son’s activities be fired allowing them 4 hours to do so, and then bragging about it on a taped conversation was only one thing in a long list of crooked activities while in office, and I can hardly wait for them to dig up more crap on this liar!!!

    • Obama has no business thinking about getting a seat in any office of OUR government! Tina and time again he has proven he does not have any type of positive thoughts or concerns for THe United States Of America. He is a corrupt and evil man!!!

    • We better never elect an idiot like Obama again. Don’t vote for them just because they could be black. He was elected because of his color and the has country paid dearly because he was not qualified.

    • 14th century “Black Plague”…..{ had a local recognizable name: Barak Hussein Obama….{ aka: Bath House Barry}….he done come back fo a visit, Y’all!

  1. Folks, please do not insult piles of excrement, Obama is not worth that much and, in fact, makes the piles of excrement more attractive!

    Just saying!

    Now that I have that out of the way; time to start DEMANDING all the media outlets do their due diligence and verify EVERY single word they write or say. We should close down ANY media outlet that does not do so and any media outlet reporting false information. As Americans we should demand nothing less!!

  2. Get this news out there please!!! I can’t even forward this article, why? People need to know this especially with his wife as Biden’s running mate. Mainstream news is distorting all facts & unfortunately that’s the news most of Americans are watching. We are at a critical time in this country & desperately need the truth!

      • JR why do you keep insisting that the H1N1 started under Bush’s watch? I just went on the CDC’s website and they said it started in April 2009!!
        Obama took office in January 2009!! Stick to real facts please!!

  3. the problem here is NO one is willing to point the finger at anyone other than Trump, all praise is given to Obama as the greatest President, even though he was actually the Worst. we are in the position we are in because of the Democratic hatred of the current Commander in chief. Democrats should burn in hell for what they are doing to our country

    • I Totally Agree with you Charles! WE were so much better off until Obama took office then he got in one more term and it only double the mess we are in now. At least now Trump & his Administration is giving their best to do right for our people of the United States of America! MAGA!

      • What drugs are you on? Obama oversaw the all time record of the longest, consistent economic/job growth period that Trump has destroyed in one term. Trump’s” best for America” makes Typhoid Mary look good !

        • What are YOU smokin JR?? It was slow growth under Obama. It really took off when Trump got in. Just look at he low unemployment…lowest in 50 years. And the stock market shot up the minute Trump took office. The reason things are now going down is because of the China Virus!!! Has nothing to do with Trump! If you want to blame someone…blame communist China for covering up how bad the situation was and not warning the rest of the world. Don’t know where you get your info….from the news media that report commentary as news??

    • ????
      Obama has the all time record of the longest, consistently growing 11 year economic/ job period, now destroyed by Trump. We are in this position because morons voted for a sexual predator, failed incompetent businessman, pathological liar and not an exposed incompetent president. You can be sure your exclusive flaming condo in hades is waiting for you !

      • I DON’T KNOW MAYBE I AM TALKING TO O B RIGHT NOW, AS FAR AS SEX. IT
        HAS A WAY OF BEING PERSONAL AND WHATEVER HE WANTS. THEY CAN ALWAYS SAY NO IS THAT WHAT YOU FOUND OUT?

    • Yeah, they eat doodoo. You can’t use standard four letter words. You have to use doodoo, fornicator, cocky suckeroo, etc.

  4. THIS GOT TO BE THE WORST PRESIDENT THAT THE USA EVER HAD. PLEASE TELL ME HOW IN GOD’S NAME THAT HE EVER GOT 2 TERMS I THOUGHT BILL CLINTON WAS BAD BUT OSAMA SORRY MEANT TO SAY OBAMA was in office for 8 years ..have a nice day my NAME. Is PAUL

  5. First, he’s not a Muslim, and if he were, so what! You are all ignorant bigots. But more importantly, what the hell has creepy Trump been doing the past almost 4 years? He’s the one responsible for making sure our stockpiles are full and our country ready for a disaster. Face masks are important, but who does he have checking on life and death supplies we are suppose to have. I would bet that the face masks from so many years ago are pretty much in decay. Did Trump do away with that department when he disbanded our readiness program? He needs to be gone ASAP, and take his bigoted followers with him. I’m ashamed to know people like all of you call yourselves Americans, a country founded on Freedom.

    • Muslims eat doodoo and have doodoo for brains, arsehole. Islam is the religion of the devil. We should exterminate all Muslims across the earth. A dead Muslim is a good Muslim.

    • Isn’t this why we elect Congressmen to insure funding. One would think that Congress and Senate would insure that their were mandatory stock limits.

      More scary then this is the fact that the majority of our medicine and medical supplies come from China. How did our Congressmen, Senators and past Presidents allow this to happen.

      These same government leaders are allowing poultry and pork to be shipped over to China for processing then returned.

      Research the importation of many of our food items like Tilapia and such. These products are not fit for consumption.

      I believe in Jesus and put my trust in him. Rather then degrading one should be praying for our leaders. If you cant respect the person – respect the office they hold.

      • 👍
        Absolutely correct about sending our pork and poultry to China, only to be shipped back to us.
        The conditions in which they feed the animals are nauseating.
        I place all of my trust in God, as well.

    • Hey whoreen fitzgerald, I got something you can suck on! If you forgot how, ask cum drunk jr how he does it.
      He’s probably busy helping maddona keep her promise of giving every cuckold that voted for hillary a blowjob.
      And you can help!

    • Maureen Fitzgerald we are more patriotic than you. With all you Democrats lieing, cheating, stealing and corruption from you Democrats. I am independent and I will never ever vote democratic again .

  6. Bella Pelosi, better known as Dracula. Sneaked in a 1 billion Dollar funding for Plan Parenthood (The abortion factory) in the Coronavirus bill. Never let a crisis go to waste is one of the Demoncrat 10 Satanic Commandments.

    Wuhan Virus Bioweapon AKA: China Virus, Coronavirus weaponized by China and their treasonous Godless demoncratic Commie party and cohorts the fake media, academia, Hollywood, Millennials…to crash the greatest US economy ever! And to take down the greatest president ever, President Trump!! Keep up the great work President Trump! 2020 and beyond! From the Patriots of a Commie Demoncrat free America!

  7. Obama didn’t declare H1N1 a national emergency for 6 months. Anyone who say different is a liar. Look at the timeline and many people had died by then.

  8. Ex Presidential Pretender Barack Obama, is in my humble opinion the filthiest filth that ever existed, lower than the lowest, the lowest being The B & H Clinton Family. the sight, sound or smell of him would gag a maggot, as would that of the B & H Clinton Family. Comments from good well meaning patriots suggest to him “GoFU.” While these remarks are well intended , I believe they ate totally impossible to do because he is so ugly, filthy and low that he is absolutely “UNFxxxABLE!
    The above three thing disgusted me so badly, I prayed that they would be arrested, tried, found guilty and punished by a court in this land. Now I do not care because what they do not pay fore in this worldly life they will pay for in the next life. They will have escaped the worldly “Good Ol’ Boy” Fat-Cat Judge and then face The one and only Real Judge on his Judgement Throne and serve their penalty each in a customized personal VIP Hell with Hitler, Stalin, etc..

  9. This is extremely important and shud be easily factchecked : is it true that inventory used up during the Swine Flu epidemic was not replenished by Pres Obama back into the US emergency stockpile?
    How about a quick response – and no B.S.

  10. And there you have it folks, all it takes is one big lie to open the flood gates for all the SUCKERS infected with trumpzilla’s moronavirus to come running for the bait. But yeah you’re not brainwashed or belong to trumpzilla’s cult of morons. You’re just RETARDED RETARDICANS.

  11. Should we be wondering what Obama was doing in China on his last visit? Maybe he was releasing the scourge of Corona-Virus to eliminate Christians around the World. He was awfully friendly with all of America’s enemies. By refusing to have masks available, might he know what the plan was for Americans and the World.

  12. There is more crazy people in this world. I have lived since F. D. Rosevelt was President and people get more crazy all the time. If employment was so good under Obama explain how we have the lowest unemployment in years, more people working, more African Americans and women working, fewer people on “Well fare”. This has all happened since Trump was elected, not under Obama and the jobs that have come back from other countries. If we can just get rid of China ( which has gotten worse under Obama, Clinton, Bush, both and other presedents)

  13. Every one STOP playing the blame game!! Don’t care whose “fault” it is. This whole scenario is insanity, as is the toilet paper, milk, bread, water shortages are. What was my kids’ favorite saying? Talk to the hand? Enough already. This doesn’t cure or solve anything, but it sure does divide the American population even farther.

    • Do you have any suggestions on how to solve the coronavirus?
      This is the United States, we all have the right to vent.
      As for this dividing people even more.
      It seems to me that these anti American idiot moron President TRUMP haters are becoming less and less.
      GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP!
      GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
      TRUMP 2020!

  14. Obama should be tried for Treason against the USA, than Deported. He is not a American Citizen, and should have not been placed in Office. That is why He has tied up all of his Birth records and his Collage Records, so the American People will never know the Truth. All Democrats are Hell bound, no question asked. Vote Trump 2020 and Republican forever

  15. With just a few exceptions, this train of comments is far and away the proof that Trump supporters generally are uneducated and uninformed and uninterested in either.

  16. There’s alot faults that Obama and his lowlife administration are resposable, just take a look at the mess that he’s got started in the government, Congress can’t work together to get anything done, just checkout the media that he put in charge over what to tell the American people, he’s put the homosexuals and athius in charge with lying and deceiving the American people.

  17. They were too busy then and not giving him BJ’s to inflate his ears more. Amazing how people can see the proof right in front of their faces and still choose to ignore it. Morale of the story: they like to support criminals because they’re one too by not reporting the truth.

  18. Obama took a friends Yacht out for a week or two in BVI, he invited a few guests, Hanks
    Springsteen, and Oprah. to axe them to use their status in America to further his agenda! A few months later, Oprah made a comment about race relations in America, she said (We are just waiting on certain people to die)
    This Coronavirus is preying on citizens 50 and up! Coincidence?

  19. Obama, the black plague on our country, always did his best to bring us down and/or make us look bad in the eyes of the world when, in fact, he and that animal he is married? to never did a positive thing for Chicago, Illinois or the U.S. Talk is cheap and O’vomit is about the cheapest thing in the store.

  20. The shortage is “indirectly” Obama’s fault. The Safety Equipment Industry failed to offer the REQUIRED KICKBACK in order to get the necessary resupply manufacture approved. Remember now at that time the democrats controlled everything and if you wanted anything done you had to follow Hillary Clinton’s “PAY TO PLAY” plan. So without the required kick back nothing was approved. Obama just went along with the plan.

  21. The only people Obama cared for besides himself were the blacks. He tried to create a race war between whites, blacks, and law enforcement. Thank God he’s gone, and we have Trump.

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