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By Bernie Sirois
Has the world gone mad?
There are days that I wake up and catch a few morning headlines of Fox News and I ask myself the question, “Has the world gone mad? Or crazy? Bananas? Etc.?” I again must try to remember my wife’s pleading to stay out of the political weed garden. I will admit, it is getting more and more difficult to do so, kind of like trying to separate church and state, right and wrong, black from white and truth from lie. In today’s world it seems he who shouts the loudest must be right. Wrong! You may ask, “Whose moral compass are we going to rely on, to help determine these things?” Well, if you’ve read this column for more than a week, I’m guessing you already know the answer to that.
The truth is, most of the time, if we apply a little common sense, we don’t have too much trouble working out these type of questions. The trouble is, common sense is not exactly common anymore and, face it, we have been lied to A LOT! I’m going to try and talk in generalities, hopefully relating mostly to health care here, maybe bring your attention to some things you may have never heard or thought of before. And I’m not going to insult you by trying to tell you how I think you should feel or respond to these things either. We just need to start thinking and talking for ourselves again folks. If I ruffle your feathers or stomp your toes, that is not my intention. But just in case, you may want to get out your two-inch thick rhino skin.
A couple weeks ago, I was asked to testify before a House committee of the state legislature in Jefferson City. There are a couple bills being discussed that I have very little confidence will ever see the chamber floor for a vote, nonetheless, I felt compelled to testify. What I thought I would start discussing today (since I’m running out of room) is the nature of these two bills and what they represent in the way of our freedoms. I will only be able to describe the bills today and we’ll have to talk more in depth about them next week, so save this column.
HB1164 is a bill that proposes changes to “INFORMED CONSENT” as it pertains to parents making the choice to either vaccinate or not vaccinate their children. Informed consent by definition is “the permission granted in the knowledge of the possible consequences, typically that which is given by a patient to a doctor for treatment with full knowledge of the possible risks and benefits.” This seems pretty straight forward, i.e., If you are going to undergo a heart procedure and the doctor is going to use stents, the doctor is obligated to discuss with you the risks and benefits of putting stents in your blood vessels so that you can decide if you want to proceed in doing that or not.
HB77 is the other bill being considered and deals with discrimination of children who have not been fully vaccinated for either medical reasons or for religious or philosophical exemptions. Many unvaccinated children have been dismissed by their pediatricians because their parents chose to not vaccinate fully. Others have been excluded from other activities for the same reason.
Next week we delve into the very volatile subject of whether government mandated health care decisions are a good thing or a violation of our civil rights.


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