By Anne Dachel
Jan 17, 2017, San Diego Jewish World: 6 questions for Rep. Tom Price, Trump’s nominee to lead HHS
By Sheila Kaplan
It's called a "courtesy hearing," but Rep. Tom Price, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of health and human services, can expect some of his Senate interrogators to get a little rough.
Price, an orthopedic surgeon and six-term GOP congressman from Georgia, will appear before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions to answer questions on Wednesday. It's a courtesy hearing because a separate panel, the Senate Finance Committee, will actually vote on his nomination….
Do you share the president-elect's concerns about the safety of US vaccines?
Trump has made a number of remarks indicating that he is concerned about vaccine safety, seemingly lending credence to debunked theories suggesting vaccines can cause autism. He also met recently with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. an outspoken anti-vaccine figure, who later said he had been asked to lead a committee on vaccine safety. (Trump's transition team did not confirm he had been asked to do so.)
As the head of the nation's top health agency, Price would be in a position to, at the very least, set the administration's tone on vaccines.
My posted comment:
“Do you share the president-elect's concerns about the safety of US vaccines?
“Trump has made a number of remarks indicating that he is concerned about vaccine safety, seemingly lending credence to debunked theories suggesting vaccines can cause autism.”
Actually, as an activist in the autism community, I share in the president-elect’s concerns about the safety of U.S. vaccines.
I would also have six questions of my own for Dr. Price just on vaccine safety. These are questions members of the media would never ask:
- Dr. Price as head of HHS, will you be looking the case of Hannah Poling? In 2008 we learned that medical experts from HHS conceded her injury case of vaccine induced autism. Despite this, the government continues to claim that there is no evidence of a link between vaccines and autism.
- Will you explain to the American people why the federal government has compensated over 80 cases of vaccine injury that included autism, yet kept all these settlements concealed from the public?
- Will you call for a congressional hearing on the revelation in 2014 a whistleblower from the CDC alleged that his agency order him to destroy research findings that showed a link between the MMR vaccine and autism? Dr. William Thompson would testify, but Congress refuses to investigate.
- Would you finally call for a study comparing the health outcomes, including the autism rate, of fully vaccinated vs never vaccinated children? Advocates have called for such research for years, but officials refuse. With many parents too scared to vaccinate, the study group is out there. Experts do retrospective studies like this all the time, but when it comes to vaccines, they refuse. A vaxxed/unvaxxed study would be a simple way to show that the rate of autism has nothing to do with being vaccinated.
- Will you investigate the questionable science from a Danish researcher who is currently under indictment by the U.S. government for 22 counts of wire fraud and money laundering? He is alleged to have stolen more than $1 million from a CDC grant to Denmark. His study on thimerosal and autism was the science used by the 2004 Institute of Medicine panel to dismiss a connection between vaccines and autism.
- What will you do to determine which children may be at risk for a vaccine reaction? Currently, the laws in individual states require all children to be vaccinated in order to attend school, yet no one is responsible if a child is affected by vaccines. Why is nothing done to prevent children being harmed by vaccines?
Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism