During the Jan. 4 press conference about the Medical Freedom & Privacy Bill, a reporter asked the question why the bill extended protections to all vaccines rather than just the COVID-19 injection. Well, the question wasn’t phrased that directly, but you get the drift…
Republican Rep. Jon Jacobsen made clear that it was important to include all vaccines because medical terminology in a changing environment is “sometimes like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall.”
Jacobsen said it is established that the common cold is a coronavirus, as are some various strains of influenza. He noted COVID-19 had already mutated into two, three or four different variants.
Using the terminology of COVID, he said, would provide an “obvious” end-run for the opposition to call the new strain something different. He said carving that narrow of a box while the CDC or Dr. Fauci could just give a different name would undo all the work done.
Lindsay Maher of Informed Choice Iowa added that the bill applies to all vaccines and treatments because there would never be a time where a government entity or employer should intervene in one’s individual healthcare decisions.
“Public health emergencies do not eradicate individual liberty,” she said. “These liberties are even more important during those times, not less important.”
Maher said medical products would find a place in the market if they worked in response to a devastating disease.
“A business or government entity should never become the boss in one’s personal healthcare decisions,” she added.