Senator Kerry's Flu shot Blame
Game is Sick!
by Mark Neckameyer
October 10, 2004
Letter to the Editor:
Kerry did not blame President Bush for Florida's hurricanes ...
how did that happen!? Last night he did try to blame the
current administration for the flu shot crisis, blaming
it somehow on the President "Not being straight with the
American People". He also said that the President
should have known in mid-September that there would be a shortage
related to the failure of Chiron's manufacturing plant in the
First of all, it takes four months to manufacture flu vaccine.
It appears that Chiron. a UK company, revealed the manufacturing
problems just a couple of weeks ago and the British government
suspended them just last week. This was a scientific health
decision. There were strange germs in this year's batches
of vaccine. Was it better to destroy vaccine that may have
been contaminated and dedicate available supplies to the
ill and elderly or to risk the health of million using contaminated
medicine? It is a tough choice but a decision had to be
made but not the administration's fault by any means. The
President is a staunch supporter of building up the US capabilities
in the vaccine manufacturing area partly as a homeland protection
issue. In this regard he proposed a $100 Million bill to
congress to build up our vaccine making capabilities. He
got $50 Million through congress.
Lawyers like Senator Kerry but especially trial lawyers like
Senator Edwards, Kerry's running mate who make their living
suing our healthcare industry are directly responsible for this
mess. They have driven all but a couple of firms out of
the vaccine making business and the companies left tend to be
outside the US as a defense against get-rich-at-any-cost lawyers
like Senator Edwards. When a person becomes ill or dies
for no apparent reason, the medical trial lawyers sue all the
drug companies and doctors who have had anything to do with that
patient recently. They hope a sympathetic jury will give
a generous settlement . A juror sentiment like "poor
ill person, let the drug company's insurance company pay them",
is what they are looking for. The lawyers get rich, check
Senator Edward's recent earnings as an example but doctors, hospitals
and vaccine makers go out of business as a result. Oh,
and our medical care costs go through the roof.
It is not just Senator Kerry but Democrats generally who are
on the side of trial lawyers getting rich at our expense.
Trial lawyers donate to the Democrats who tend to be anti-business
in any case. Democrats then have to vote to support the
interests of the trial lawyers, their "special interest
friends", who give them the money they need for political
Senator Kerry blaming our President for the vaccine mess
is unfair, unjustified and shows the level of untruth to
which the Senator will go to get elected. Blaming the hurricanes
on the President makes more sense!
Irvine, CA - USA
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