October 25, 2009
Obama: national emergency for swine flu; help for hospitals to speed treatment for infected
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency, giving his health chief the power to let hospitals move emergency rooms offsite to speed treatment and protect noninfected patients.
Presidential National Emergency Powers
Under the powers delegated bysuch statutes,http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/98-505.pdf
the President may
organize and control the means of production,
assign military forces abroad,
institute martial law,
seize and control all transportation and communication,
regulate the operation of private enterprise,
restrict travel, and, in a variety of ways,
control the lives of UnitedStates citizens.
I could be wrong...
but I think there's room to interpret this recent weekend signing of a proclamation of emergency will do more than make hospitals more accessible.