Fact is, the "underfunded" excuse is actually a strategy to grow bad government.
Via Human Events:
In truth, the CDC and NIH are swimming in money, just like every other appendage of this ridiculously overpriced, painfully mis-managed government. Like every other agency, they fritter away their money on silly distractions and naked attempts to extend their power. They put more effort into “mission creep” than their actual mission. When confronted with a crisis that exposes an inability to handle core functions, the agency curls into a defensive crouch and begins whining that it’s under-funded. If that works – and until now, it often has – the result is growth through failure.Meanwhile, Raconteur Report notes the CDC has spent somewhere around ten billion dollars since 2001 on plans for preparedness and response to public health emergencies.
Hard to imagine another billion or two or even three making any difference.