Illinois proposed vaccine legislation was cruel and confrontational

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House Bill 4259, a law filed by Representative Jonathan Carroll on December 6, sought to amend the Illinois Insurance Code and essentially required that a group or individual health insurance policy not cover a person eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and chooses not to be vaccinated.

Under this legislative proposal, that person would have to pay their health care expenses out of pocket if the person is hospitalized due to symptoms of COVID-19.

While this is likely a violation of federal law, the bill is needlessly cruel and divisive, and I’m glad the representative saw fit to drop the proposal a few days later. Why propose the legislation in the first place?

Rep. Carroll cited the frustration and believed that if someone were to “… choose not to get the vaccine, then you are also going to bear the risk that if you catch COVID and get sick, the responsibility rests with you.” , he quoted to the Chicago Sun-Times.

According to his logic, we should eliminate insurance for many.

Should state law allow people with sexually transmitted diseases to be denied insurance coverage and be responsible for all health care because of their choices?

Should obese people who suffer from a heart attack or have other heart symptoms be denied insurance coverage and be held responsible for all health costs because they are suspected of engaging in unhealthy lifestyle choices such as overeating and lack of exercise?

Maybe we should even eliminate insurance for those who leave their homes too much or drive too many miles because their risk is higher.

I have heard from hundreds of concerned voters in my district deeply troubled by the implications of legislation that seeks to politicize health care, eliminate patient rights and the affordability of health care, and create dangerous precedents. Legislation like this would stigmatize people and deny insurance coverage for no reason.

We can add this idea to the list of bad ideas that have been instituted by politicians around the world: 1) Lockdowns have been shown to be ineffective against viruses; 2) We’re the only state in the Midwest with a statewide mask mandate, but our governor says it’s to protect us (numbers and science say we’re no better than others States; 3) Illinois kept big box stores open as it forced small retailers to close; and 4) The governor even said that more than two people on a boat were dangerous outside last year. The list of bad policies can be exhausting.

As elected to the Illinois General Assembly, we should never introduce legislation to take punitive action against Illinois residents who suffer from any illness or disease by denying them coverage. insurance for treatment.

Such a policy would be deeply inhuman and contrary to our values ​​as a society.

Joe Sosnowski is the state representative for the 69th District of Illinois


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