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WASHINGTON, D.C.--If you've felt like beating up on some of our health experts over the Ebola crisis, you're not alone.

On Thursday, members of Congress did it for you.

"It's clear whatever plan was in place was insufficient," said Rep. Fred Upton (R-Michigan).

"Errors in judgment have been made," said Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pennsylvania).

" We need to find out why this hospital was unprepared and if others are, too," said Colorado Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette.

"And none of us can understand how a nurse who treated an Ebola-infected patient, and who herself had developed a fever, was permitted to board a commercial airline and fly across the country," Upton said.

The point of the hearing was to try to learn from mistakes.

And the biggest mistake so far appears to have come from Dallas's own Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

"Unfortunately, in our initial treatment of Mr. Duncan, despite our best intentions and a highly skilled medical team, we made mistakes," Dr. Daniel Varga of Texas Health Resources said. "We did not correctly diagnose his symptoms as those of Ebola. We are deeply sorry."

Dr. Varga also said leaders at Presby don't know how two nurses got Ebola, despite all the protocols.

And, as to why one of those nurses, Amber Vinson, was allowed to fly to Cleveland and back to Dallas,

"My understanding is that she reported no symptoms to us," CDC Director Tom Frieden said.

No symptoms, except, oh, that 99.5 degree fever she reported, which the CDC didn't qualify as a symptom then--and still doesn't even after lowering the "threshold" temperature from 101.5 to 100.4 degrees on Thursday.

Several committee members used their time to argue over a travel ban for people from countries where the Ebola epidemic is raging.

"We do not have to leave the door open to all travel to and from hot zones in Western Africa while Ebola is an unwelcome and dangerous stowaway on these flights," Murphy said.

"Sealing people off in Africa will not keep them from traveling," Rep. Henry Waxman, (D-California).

While the hearing didn't really solve anything,it let a lot of people feel like they held the "experts" accountable.

The subcommittee already has another hearing planned to figure out how to pay for the Ebola fight.

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