Darrell Issa opened up the hearing this morning with a number of criticisms of the government handling of the Ebola crisis, calling the recently diagnosed case in New York “particularly distressing.”

“I think we all know the system is not yet refined to where we can say that it is working properly,” Issa said.

Issa criticized the Obama administration for appointing Democratic political operative Ron Klain as the “Ebola czar” to lead the government response to the crisis.

“President Obama’s appointment of Ron Kain to serve as the Ebola czar sadly in my opinion shows that the administration has on one hand recognized the missteps and on the other hand is not prepared to put a known leader in charge or in fact a medical professional in charge,” he said.

Issa added that he was “very disappointed” that Klain did not accept the invitation to testify for the hearing, even though he acknowledged that he had just started his position on Wednesday.

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