Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman appeared on “New Day” to discuss the rollout of Obamacare and political dysfunction. Huntsman told CNN Anchor Kate Bolduan that even though the rollout had a “bungled start,” the website trouble “is a much bigger issue than Kathleen Sebelius.” Although he thinks states should have had more time to experiment with its own exchanges before the program launched at a national level, he stressed that the United States must get “more people insured” and bring down costs.
“It’s a bungled start, there’s no doubt about that, but we must press forward,” Huntsman said. “When I was born over fifty years ago, healthcare as a percentage of our GDP was about 2%; today it’s about 18%. You’re looking at a $3 trillion industry, which is roughly the size of the GDP of France. That’s growing at double digit rates. We have no choice other than to attack the costs. And the only way that you attack the costs, I learned as Governor at the state level, is by getting more people insured. And the only way you do that successfully is by providing a multiplicity of insurance options that take care of a lot of different contingencies in life.”
When Bolduan asked him if he’d ever run for President again, Huntsman responded, “I love my country. I’ve given some of the best years of my life to public service. I will always be a public servant and step in whenever I can help my country. I’m not a politician in the sense that I’m just looking for something to do politically. I like helping my country. Like a lot of other good citizens in America. They want to step up when they know they can do something. And I’ll always be ready to do that.”
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a message for veterinarians and pet owners: If dogs or cats get sick after eating jerky pet treats, let us know.
The agency says it's received reports of more than 3,600 dogs and 10 cats that got sick after eating jerky pet treats since 2007. Of those cases, the FDA says, more than 580 pets have died.
"This is one of the most elusive and mysterious outbreaks we've encountered," said Bernadette Dunham, director of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine.
"Most of the jerky treats implicated have been made in China," the FDA said. Investigators have tested more than 1,200 samples but haven't uncovered what could be causing the illnesses.
On Tuesday, the FDA issued a letter to veterinarians asking for help tracking the illnesses. The agency also released a fact sheet for pet owners warning of possible symptoms, including decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea, increased water consumption and increased urination.
"FDA recommends that pet owners whose pet becomes sick after eating jerky pet treats should hold on to any unused portion of the product in its original container for at least 60 days, in case FDA calls to request samples for testing," the fact sheet says. "Owners should place the container inside a sealable plastic bag, if possible."
“Since the FDA inspection, they found one firm in China ‘used falsified receiving documents’ for the jerky ingredient ‘glycerin.’ Since then, Chinese authorities seized their products and suspended exports in hopes they find what's killing our four-legged friends. So far, there is no evidence that the ingredient "glycerin" is the culprit.”
A Florida grand jury this week found that two deputies in Pensacola should not be criminally charged in the wounding of an unarmed man, who was shot at 15 times while he was in his own driveway.
Roy Middleton, 60, was hit by two of those rounds in his legs. A metal rod had to be placed inside his left leg, which was shattered.
He spoke to CNN exclusively in August.
"How do I feel about what happened? How would anybody feel getting shot?" Middleton asked.
Middleton's attorney, Lorenzo Williams, told CNN on Wednesday that his client was distraught over the grand jury decision.
"This will not preclude Mr. Middleton from moving forward with a civil action," he said.
Meanwhile, the office of the state attorney says the grand jury met over a three-day period and heard testimony from numerous witnesses before making this decision, reports CNN’s Pamela Brown.
“The grand jury already returned a report making recommending to the Escambia County Sheriff's Office regarding training and procedures.”