Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
2157 Rayburn House Office Building,
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5074 Fax: (202) 225-3974
By Cathy Jameson
Upon reading the Canary Party’s announcement that the Congressional Hearing, which was scheduled to discuss the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, was cancelled with no postponed date announced, I penned Mr. Issa, Chairman of The Oversight and Government Reform Committee, this note.
Dear Mr. Issa,
This is Ronan. This is Ronan post seizure. His seizure were brought on by vaccine injury. Today, his seizures are gaining in duration, frequency and intensity. I fear what they will do to his health and possibly his life.
Ronan is my ten-year old son. He was injured by his childhood vaccines. Thankfully we learned the devastating effects of vaccines when we did, but it wasn't before serious harm was done. Ronan lost his voice, lost skills he was building and was left with seizures, severe developmental delays and other secondary illnesses that physically drain and affect his energy.
When we discovered that the vaccines were responsible for the damage done, we enrolled in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. We had high hopes that the program would recognize what was so apparent--that they did something to my beautiful, healthy baby boy.
We fought for eight years, EIGHT YEARS. We jumped through every bureaucratic hoop. We provided documentation after documentations. Medical records, expert testimony and more. We believed in the system, but when a system was created by the government for the government's gain, of course people like my son can never get what was supposedly promised them. After devoting years to this cause, Ronan's case was dismissed in July 2013. Disappointed doesn't even begin to describe how we felt when we learned his case could go no further.
Fast forward to now. In two weeks I was planning on being at the Congressional Hearing that would discuss the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. I already know about the major flaws that program has but remained hopeful that your committee was going to finally call them out on the flaws, the waste, the fraud and the abuse. How incredibly disappointing it was to receive news that the Hearing was cancelled with no new date announced.
Don't you think enough time has gone by?
Don't you realize the dangers lurking if the VICP is not remedied?
Don't you care that more children will fall to receive the help they need when they fall ill from adverse reactions from their vaccinations?
Don't you see that it has to be now and not later, and not after more unnecessary delays.
You have more than enough evidence in front of you, evidence coming from families like mine who are willing and openly share story after story after story that vaccine injury is real. It hurts. It steals childhoods. It changes lives in one of the most devastating ways ever imaginable.
Mr. Issa, you and your committee gave parents like me such hope, hope maybe not for Ronan as we were already on the receiving end of a very screwed up system, but for other children. Think of the other children, their families and their futures. YOU can do something good for them. YOU can change the past and make the future better, or at least bearable.
We needed someone to champion this effort. I had hoped you would be that champion. I pray that you, and the other members on the committee who also promised us help, will do just that.
Cathy Jameson, mom to Ronan
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor of Age of Autism.