I got worked up tonight on the Don Balfour issue at CPAC and I’m really having a hard time not passionately despising the man right now. I feel guilty because I’ve always liked him. He’s been a good conservative leader in the Georgia Senate.
I owe him an apology for that. It’s so rare for me to stew on an issue and yet I am on this one.
To be clear — I think parents should probably, in a few years, once all the major testing issues have been worked out, give their daughters this vaccine. But not right now while we don’t know the long term effects and there are still questions about the testing and drug trial protocols followed by Merck.
Why am I so embittered toward Don Balfour? It’s really easy.
The public policy professionals in this country are fairly unanimous that Don Balfour’s legislation is the wrong public policy measure to take. The American College of Pediatricians. The guy who chairs the CDC’s committee on national immunization policy. The American Medical Association. Even apparently, if you believe some polling data, your local pediatrician.
But we all know what Don Balfour did. Let’s not be shy about saying it.
He got wooed by a bunch of money slinging lobbyists who paid him off in one way or another to impose on your sixth grade daughter a public health mandate that is opposed by the major medical policy making leaders in this country.
That’s really a shitty thing to do, and I’m going to use that word on the front page.
I have nothing against lobbyists lobbying. But when it’s the product manufactures who are doing it and it involves the public well being of my child, Don Balfour should get his head out of his ass and pay attention to the people who are not financially invested in a monopoly pharmaceutical product.
I really am bitter about this and that’s certainly not a very Christian position for me to hold. I’m sorry that I do feel this way, but I can’t help seeing that here we have a drug that is probably worth me having my daughter take in a few years, but a medical community saying clearly and distinctly that we do not want to introduce this drug into the mandatory vaccination program of this nation because it does not meet the criteria by which we should be doing that.
Yet because some lobbyist sweet talked Don Balfour, he’s going to taint with lobbyist money a public healthcare policy that has largely been kept out of the mud. These decisions have historically been done based on medical community consensus for the good of the nation’s health — not done by passing campaign contributions to state senators to help a monopoly make some money before competition arrives on the scene.
That really bothers me. And for that, someone should run against Balfour in the 2008 GOP primary.
That kind of arrogance is unbecoming any person of either party in the legislature and it really is a shitty thing for him to be doing.