The actual figure may very well be much higher, researchers said in background information. To see what difference the global response made in the Ebola epidemic, Kucharski and his team decided to see how the introduction of thousands of new hospital beds may have helped prevent the spread of the deadly virus. ‘We viewed the impact of beds as this was a measure that may be easily quantified,’ Kucharski said. ‘If a case was in a treatment center, it meant they were not in the grouped community potentially spreading infection.’ The researchers focused on Sierra Leone because that country taken care of relatively good data on disease incidence and bed capacity in different districts over time, Kucharski said.On Mon, the Senate Wellness, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the only one of five congressional committees overseeing the ongoing health effort that is actually drafting its costs, debated a half dozen abortion-related amendments. It defeated most on identical 12-11 votes, including one that would have barred individuals who get federal government insurance subsidies from buying private insurance plans that include abortion coverage. Sen. Tom Coburn said the theory is equivalent to the one that currently bans financing for abortion in the Medicaid plan for the poor. ‘You are taking federal tax dollars and using them to provide abortion services,’ he said. The committee’s debate was fairly brief, but the abortion issue hangs over the ongoing wellness overhaul effort such as a dark, menacing cloud.