If we’ve learned anything in the past two years, it’s that the healthcare industrial complex (HIC) has far too much power and influence over public policy.
Now we learn that some Republicans in Missouri are afraid to put them in their place.
It is common knowledge that the pandemic policy the HIC has perpetrated on us has done far more harm than good. For example, the one-size-fits-all Covid protocols were a miserable failure, but that’s what the feds generously paid hospitals to follow.
There’s nothing wrong with a profit motive, but when you combine a profit motive with easy access to – or control of – the stock market and the sword of government, you end up with what the historians call it “mercantilism” (aka, corporatism or even fascism). ), the very thing the Founding Fathers fought King George III for. (Think of “East India Trading Company”.)
The same health care industrial complex that fought so hard for Obamacare and the resulting consolidation of virtually everything in health care has brought us stay-at-home orders, business closures, mandates masks and vaccine mandates.
Republicans should hate what these people stand for and the freedom-robbing havoc they have wrought.
Indeed, House Majority Floor Leader Dean Plocher gave a heartbreaking speech about the injustice the health care industrial complex perpetrated against his family when his stepfather lay dying alone in a bed. ‘hospital.
But the legislative response to the tyranny has been lame because too many Republican office holders bow down to organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Official AAP policy is virtually the antithesis of Republican values. For example, the AAP opposes any law that prevents medical assistance for sex reassignment procedures for underage children or prohibits biological men from participating in girl’s sports or using restrooms and locker rooms. girls.
And the AAP wants to eliminate religious exemptions for vaccination mandates and they are pushing the Covid vaccine for children ages 5-11.
Now the AAP is leading the opposition against HB 2009, a common-sense bill that would restore legislative oversight of childhood vaccination mandates. Since the Carnahan administration, the Department of Health and Senior Services has claimed the power to add to the statutory list of compulsory vaccines for children.
HB 2009 would also end harassment of parents by local health departments seeking to use the existing religious exemption and bring laws into line with the Constitution, which respects matters of conscience. The bill would also prevent parents who choose a religious exemption to mandatory vaccines from being threatened with neglect of their children for their choice.
As the 46 co-sponsors no doubt agree, HB 2009 is one of the most basic parental rights bills of the session. Republicans should choose to protect liberty rather than carry the water for organizations whose values are diametrically opposed to their constituents and the core values of their party.
Ron Calzone is a supporter of Missouri First, which is an organization “dedicated to the sovereignty of Missourians.”