CDC PROPOSES DRASTIC INCREASE IN POWER TO COMPEL TREATMENT

Oct 4, 2016 by

Please make a public comment by Oct. 14
     The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a proposed set of rules on August 15 that will greatly expand the authority of federal government agents to arrest, quarantine, vaccinate and compel medical treatment to prevent the possible spread of communicable diseases. The Federal government has had this type of authority for a long time, but the proposed rules drastically lowers the threshold when this authority can be used.

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Traditionally, draconian procedures were intended for use during the outbreak of a deadly communicable disease such as small pox. The CDC, however, cites the outbreak of measles at Disneyland in 2015 as a reason why they need this authority. Remember there were about 150 cases of measles, no one died, there were a handful of hospitalizations and vaccines did not protect against the exotic strain of measles that caused the outbreak. They even cite chicken pox as a disease that could justify using these proposed powers.

The rules are written so broadly that they could be applied to anyone at anytime in the US. They apply to all international travellers, and if authorities believe you have a communicable disease and you may travel to another state they can enforce these rules. People can be held for 72 hours without access to a lawyer and failure to comply can be met with forced vaccination and other medical procedures. The new rules state “the individual’s consent shall not be considered a prerequisite to any exercise of any authority.” Compliance will also be enforced with fines of $100,000 or more, and prison sentences.

The rules also seek to enlist airlines and other travel-related companies as enforcers, requesting the reporting of passengers with rashes, coughs, diarrhea and other symptoms of illness for investigation by health authorities.

The CDC provides no justification why current authority is insufficient to deal with any anticipated public health threat. These rules will have the force of law, no action by Congress or the President is necessary.

The rules and the CDC’s justification for them can be read at the link below where the public can also make comments until October 14. Please make comments here:

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/15/2016-18103/control-of-communicable-diseases – open-comment

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