If we are having trouble with an eradicated disease — then what?
We are a reactionary people. Likely we won't do anything about our bio defense in any meaningful way until there is a "blow-up" of some sort, here or in another part of the developed world.
See this op-ed from USA Today on the issue of our lack of investment in our public health system, Measles outbreak drains resources we may need for a future epidemic or bioterrorist attack.
In actuality, federal funding for public health has waned as we move evermore onward away from the anthrax attacks of 2001.