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Tomorrow afternoon, the California Senate Health Committee will hold hearings on SB 276 - a bill that, if passed, will eliminate the role of doctors in granting medical exemptions for vaccines required for school attendance, and give it instead to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH.)
The bill would also limit valid medical exemptions only to the handful of contraindications recognized by the CDC, for each individual vaccine, ignoring family history, genetic factors, and the vast majority of adverse events recognized by the vaccines' own manufacturers.
It is worth remembering – as the bill's author Senator Richard Pan makes his arguments to the committee that he chairs as to why licensed physicians can no longer be trusted to approve medical exemptions for their patients – that only four years ago he was saying precisely the opposite.
Back in 2015, when Senator Pan was arguing for the legislation (SB 277) that removed all other exemptions for parents who did not want their children vaccinated with all of the CDC recommended vaccines, he said the following::
"If a physician feels there is a genetic association in a sibling, a cousin or some other relative that is not safe for a vaccine then they can provide a medical exemption for that vaccine - there is no limitation."
"Pan is prepared... to close what he considers a loophole that SB 277 inadvertently created.
“'I have dedicated my career to keeping children and our communities safe and healthy,” Pan said, whose statement on the issue says some doctors are “monetizing their exemption-granting authority and profiting from the sale of medical exemptions.'”
We all know that politicians lie. It's kind of what they are known for. But every once in a while, a politician reaches a level of mendacity that is simply stunning in its shamelessness. Senator Richard Pan is one such politician. Be sure to catch his show tomorrow afternoon in Sacramento.