Senate passes bill to improve veterans health care, BUT …..

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“21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery and Other Improvements Act”

S.1203 – A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the furnishing of health care to veterans by the Department of Veterans Affairs, to improve the processing by the Department of claims for disability compensation, and for other SeniorVaccinationVApurposes.

Above is the summary description of a bill written in response to the scandal of documented poor VA (Veterans Administration) care and resulting massive complaints/outrage in recent years. Officials moved to deal with the situation via new laws, policies and staffing. You can read the details of the latest bill addressing this by clicking the link “S.1203“. Most of it looks like an improvement.

But, nowhere in the bill summary or in so-called MainStream news articles we saw does it mention that it may make it mandatory for people under VA care to get a very extensive series of vaccinations . Some experts and activists have interpreted the bill to do just that and even envision the VA denying care for patients refusing.

 

We draw your attention to Title I, SubTitle A, Section 101:senate

SEC. 101. IMPROVED ACCESS TO APPROPRIATE IMMUNIZATIONS FOR VETERANS.

(a) Inclusion Of Recommended Adult Immunizations As Medical Services.—

(1) COVERED BENEFIT.—Subparagraph (F) of section 1701(9) of title 38, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

“(F) immunizations against infectious diseases, including each immunization on the recommended adult immunization schedule at the time such immunization is indicated on that schedule;”.

(2) RECOMMENDED ADULT IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULE DEFINED.—Section 1701 of such title is amended by adding after paragraph (9) the following new paragraph:

“(10) The term ‘recommended adult immunization schedule’ means the schedule established (and periodically reviewed and, as appropriate, revised) by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices established by the Secretary of Health and Human Services and delegated to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”.

(b) Inclusion Of Recommended Adult Immunizations In Annual Report.—Section 1704(1)(A) of such title is amended—

(1) in clause (i), by striking “and” at the end;

(2) in clause (ii), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”; and

(3) by inserting after clause (ii) the following new clause:

“(iii) to provide veterans each immunization on the recommended adult immunization schedule at the time such immunization is indicated on that schedule.”.

(c) Report To Congress.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than two years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs of the Senate and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs of the House of Representatives a report on the development and implementation by the Department of Veterans Affairs of quality measures and metrics, including targets for compliance, to ensure that veterans receiving medical services under chapter 17 of title 38, United States Code, receive each immunization on the recommended adult immunization schedule at the time such immunization is indicated on that schedule.

(2) RECOMMENDED ADULT IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULE DEFINED.—In this subsection, the term “recommended adult immunization schedule” has the meaning given that term in section 1701(10) of title 38, United States Code, as added by subsection (a)(2).

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Concerns which have been expressed include the following, that vaccines may: cause severe allergic reactions, be inappropriate for people with certain conditions,  be incompatible with other therapies received, have adverse effects with massive doses of various vaccines, have excessive toxic substances in the formulations, be defective, not be desired by patients for religious or other reasons.

Appropriately, some groups and individuals have rejected that portion of the bill and requested that author Senator Dean Heller, )R, NV) eliminate those terms. But he evidently declined to do so, since the bill was passed and sent to tyhe House of Representatives, Opponents are already contacting House Representatives about this.

In contrast, advocates have stated that the vaccine programs will help reduce or eliminate serious diseases for the targeted veterans and help create what they have claimed is “herd immunity” for the general population. They have mocked and rejected the above objections.

 

Also see:

Challenging the Rhetoric : VACCINES AND VETERANS …

US Senate Passes Bill Approving Mandatory Vaccinations …

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George Miller is Publisher of CitizensJournal.us, “retired,” residing in Oxnard

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