Do We Really Need Ebola Legislation?


by Long Island Attorney Paul A. Lauto, Esq.

Ebola is a cinematic nightmare come to life.  The mainstream media has provided Americans with a steady stream of contradictory reports, many of which are simply not believable.  At issue, among other things, has been the length of incubation periods, when it becomes contagious, how it may be transmitted, treatment protocol and  Obama’s steadfast refusal to stop importing this highly contagious virus which has a mortality rate of up to 90 percent.

Many politicians and citizens alike have been imploring our government to temporarily ban flights to and from West Africa.  The standard government response is that if we ban flights to and from West Africa, it will only make matters worse because we will not be able to get aid into the affected areas that need it the most.  It is precisely this type of “double talk” coming out of the White House that is infuriating Americans, as we quickly approach Election Day.

Who said anything about stopping flights providing medical aid and attention for West Africa?  Certainly, we should do everything in our power to help the people of West Africa and the world in eliminating this horrible virus.  But does that mean we should continue to allow passenger flights in and out of West Africa?  Why has our government chosen to throw caution to the wind, instead of subscribing to what otherwise would appear to be common sense.

The current conditions practically scream for temporary flight bans, yet these screams are falling upon deaf White House ears.  If God forbid more people start contracting Ebola in the United States, the exponential spread of the virus could result in more deaths than every war our country has ever fought in put together.  Even a partial resultant shut down of industry in our country would destroy our already failing economy.

Some people have suggested that we should implement legislation to have laws in place to dictate policy in events like this.  But do we really need Ebola legislation?  How is it that 2 plus 2 now equals 5 and no longer equals 4?  The Obama administration has been accused of being too slow to act on many different fronts and in doing too little, too late.  This is one instance where not only our country, but the entire world cannot afford that Obama luxury.

Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.

Paul A. Lauto, Esq.
Paul A. Lauto, Esq. completed his undergraduate studies at SUNY at Stony Brook in 1987, with a major in political science and a double minor in socio-legal studies and moral-legal issues in philosophy. Mr. Lauto received his Juris Doctor from New York Law School in 1990 and was admitted in 1991 to practice in the courts of New York State, as well as the Eastern and Southern Districts of the United States District Court.

Mr. Lauto has primarily focused on personal injury throughout his career and previously worked as in-house counsel to a major insurance company. In 2002 Mr. Lauto established Paul A. Lauto, PLLC, with a primary concentration on personal injury, all types of accident cases, Wills, Trusts and Estates and more. Paul is the sole author of his Scales of Justice blog, which provides updates and information about current legal stories in the news and how they may affect our lives. Mr. Lauto prides himself on providing clients maximum results, with a high level of personal attorney service and attention that is uncommon in the profession. For more information please visit