Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Frist Favors Vaccine-Makers Over Public Safety

Frist and Hastert couldn't even trust to debate in Congress whether the need is greater to the protect the public from vaccine-maker's negligence, or to protect the vaccine-makers from being sued by the public for their negligence. So they surreptitiously slipped a blanket exemption written by the vaccine-makers into the "defense spending bill in December without debate and in violation of usual Senate practice."

Let's be clear what this is all about. Next time you or your kid gets a shot, just know that if the shot has any adverse effects, Frist and Hastert have made sure you can't do shit about it. It's a direct response to this...
Deadly Immunity
June 16, 2005- When a study revealed that mercury in childhood vaccines may have caused autism in thousands of kids, the government rushed to conceal the data -- and to prevent parents from suing drug companies for their role in the epidemic. ...(more)
Since that story ran, the government and the vaccine companies have flooded the spectrum with countering evidence disputing the relationship between vaccines and autism, not unlike the campaign of mis-information disputing global warming. Seriously, if there is indeed no link, then why did they feel they needed to covertly slip this by us?

Vaccine makers helped write Frist-backed shield law
E-mails reveal private meetings

Vaccine industry officials helped shape legislation behind the scenes that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist secretly amended into a bill to shield them from lawsuits, according to e-mails obtained by a public advocacy group.

E-mails and documents written by a trade group for the vaccine-makers show the organization met privately with Frist's staff and the White House about measures that would give the industry protection from lawsuits filed by people hurt by the vaccines.

The communications were made public in a report released this week by the group Public Citizen. Its study follows a February story in The Tennessean that Frist, along with House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., ordered the vaccine liability language inserted in a defense spending bill in December without debate and in violation of usual Senate practice. ...(more)

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