Letter: Reject vaccine bill
There is a little-known vaccine tax assessment bill, HB 664, working its way through the Legislature, that will impose a new, limitless tax assessment on every self-insured business and municipality in the state. It would have the effect of imposing an expanded de facto vaccine mandate on all children for all vaccines ever recommended for use, including new, unproven, largely experimental vaccines.
This bill should be voted down. It is now in the Senate and needs your urgent attention; it is expected to be voted on by the full Senate on May 23. Please contact your state senator today by phone and email and ask him or her to please vote no on HB 664.
Whether you are a business or taxpayer concerned about the ever-increasing cost of health insurance or a parent concerned about ever-increasing vaccine mandates, this is a bill you do not want passed. No harm will come if this bill is not passed; the vaccine association will continue to operate as it has for 10 years assessing health insurers and, through the Department of Health and Human Services, purchasing all vaccines ever recommended by the CDC. No one will be denied vaccines and there will be no shortage.
But voting down HB 664 will force the Vaccine Association and DHHS to explain why they are engaged in the most expensive vaccine purchase program in the country, a universal purchase program that has been rejected by 44 other states. It will force this association to provide greater disclosure to the public if it expects the public to pay more and more.
If you have questions on this bill, I would be happy to address them. My email is
(The writer is state director of advocacy for the National Vaccine Information Center.)