The single most important issue in HEALTH CARE REFORM today is NOT how the bill is paid but WHAT WE ARE BUYING.
Opinion By Elissa Meininger – Health Policy Analyst
US Health Care Reform?…
In that regard, the Number One, Numero Uno, #1 issue is vaccines.
Unless you have been living in a cave, you must know that there is a “battle royale” going on about how vaccines are the cause of autism, and more.
You will notice I didn’t say “IF.”
If you are still one of the millions of Americans who shudder with fear imagining a world without vaccines and all you see is death and destruction as the result, then this article is meant especially for you.
There are four basic opinions about vaccines.
(1) Those who think they are God’s gift to mankind and everyone MUST take them, no exceptions.
(2) The second group also sees vaccines as miracle drugs but have the odd idea that we have an inherent right to make our own decisions about what we put in our bodies, and that that inherent right extends to the idea that parents are in charge of caring for their children – not some government bureaucrat running a village bypassing parental participation.
(3) The third group believes the jury is still out on vaccine safety and effectiveness.
(4) The fourth group, rarely mentioned, are those who aren’t sold on why people should resort to vaccinating at all because there are other time tested and proven ways of staving off epidemics and death from various diseases.
The discussion about vaccinations is so explosive, it is taboo to have a rational discussion in the media about them.
If something happens to hit the airwaves, like comments made by MDs Rand Paul and Ben Carson, who basically said they had issues with the schedule of children’s mandated shots, media commentators reminded their audiences that vaccines had been proven perfectly safe and these two doctors must be misinformed. In fact any discussion in public must start with “I believe in vaccinations, I vaccinated all my kids” just to get any traction at all.