October 1, 2013


At the National Institutes of Health, nearly three-quarters of the staff was furloughed. One result: director Francis Collins said about 200 patients who otherwise would be admitted to the NIH Clinical Center into clinical trials each week will be turned away. This includes about 30 children, most of them cancer patients, he said.

Also, sequestration (which was supposed to be an unpalatable End-Of-The-World Doomsday Scenario) will no doubt continue forever, just like the War on Terror.