Bill Maher goes off about Ebola, again. What’s so alarming about him doing so?

Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” is a staunch libertarian who regularly makes statements that some find shocking. Take, for example, his recent attacks on Ebola. Maher says the disease…

Bill Maher goes off about Ebola, again. What's so alarming about him doing so?

Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” is a staunch libertarian who regularly makes statements that some find shocking.

Take, for example, his recent attacks on Ebola. Maher says the disease is “over” because the U.S. has vaccinated everyone and there’s a “golden age of science in laboratories.”

After reading an article about the ongoing measles epidemic in China that some experts say is the work of Chinese government censors, Maher said the U.S. government has the tools to fix it.

“How about they put a leash on that disease, and if the beast kills 10 people a week, we get an A-plus rating from the United Nations and quarantine the place,” he said.

Some experts wonder if he’s speaking on behalf of anyone besides himself. Others, including health officials and scientists, cite a number of reasons to believe that Ebola has been contained. It’s true that the disease is still highly contagious and humans continue to die as a result of it, but according to the CDC, the death rate of the current epidemic is around 40 percent. By comparison, the CDC reports that the death rate of “all known Ebola virus disease outbreaks worldwide to date has been less than 3 percent.”

Still, certain discussions remain heated and stigmatizing. It turns out that as scientists race to find a vaccine against Ebola, advocates for professional licensing fees aren’t so sure about another deadly disease — Lyme disease.

And if you read Ma-Ellen, your mind might remember that Maher has also made headlines over the past few years for arguing against gun ownership and the legalization of same-sex marriage, blaming the president for the Sandy Hook massacre and suggesting that our soldiers should be “commanded not to shoot any Muslim” just to be clear.

In February 2013, during a segment that caused an uproar and saw him censored by HBO, Maher described Obamacare as “a clown car” and predicted that the Affordable Care Act would “be the single biggest Ponzi scheme in history.”

Maher has also made pleas on a number of different issues, including against marijuana, privacy, prison politics and the nation’s recent flu epidemic. He talked about our flu “streak” with Sandra Fluke last year and voiced concerns that he was opening his lungs to germs on a series of episodes about patients with smallpox.

On his August 6 episode, he spoke on the subject of pandemic flu, which has raged on for decades and killed millions. If it does once again, he warned viewers to be prepared, and to stop being so nostalgic about the “golden age of medicine” of the 1950s and 1960s, which he described as a time when death came as a surprise and we had few vaccines.

“When the fear of a pandemic goes away, then we should acknowledge that we’re living in the golden age of medicine again,” he said.

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