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If you didn’t already have a skeptical view of the healthcare industry, it’s likely that the government’s response to the Covid-19 coronavirus certainly pushed you in that direction.
This week, The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic held a hearing into the government’s response calling medical experts and American Public Health Association Executive Director Georges Benjamin as witnesses.
Stanford University medical professor Dr. Jay Bhattacharya shared his thoughts. He told the subcommittee that the “anti-scientific choices made by the U.S. federal government during the Covid pandemic have damaged the reputation of public health in the eyes of the people.”
Remember being chastised by the motto of the Left? “We believe in science?!” Dr. Bhattacharya pointed out that their choices were anti-science and would have long-term effects on the public’s trust in healthcare officials.
Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-TX, was surprised by the Democrats’ choice of witness in Georges Benjamin calling him a “strange” choice considering that the public has lost trust in public health officials.
“What we have now is a complete lack of trust and confidence in the public health sector…and that’s due to a coordinated spread of misinformation and disinformation that was for political gain, for the most part — in a lot of part — by public health officials like yourself,” said Jackson as things heated up in the hearing.
A new report published in The Lancet medical journal showing that natural immunity from the virus could be just as strong as getting a double vaccine came up in the hearing.
“We do more harm than good by — to treat people with booster shots right now, if you have immunity,” Georgia Republican Rep. Rich McCormick said.
“One of the things that disturbed me greatly about this pandemic,” McCormick continued, “is that people who are ‘experts’ who have never seen a patient for COVID, were telling physicians like myself — who saw thousands of patients — that I could not speak, and that I should be censored.”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-GA expressed her outrage at also being censored on Twitter for spreading “misinformation” and the damage done to children from school shutdowns.
Greene said “children truly suffered en masse” during the closures and “natural immunity is something that should have been trusted, but for some reason, all common sense, and all knowledge went out the window.”
Three witnesses at the event, doctors Jay Bhattacharya, Martin Kulldorf, and Marty Makary, collectively released a blueprint with recommendations for a bipartisan panel to investigate the “collateral damage” done by the government’s response to COVID-19.
The blueprint states that closures “generated enormous societal damage without significantly lowering COVID-19 mortality while failing to protect high-risk Americans.”
A top Democrat on the subcommittee, Rep. Raul Ruiz, is also a medical doctor. He used his opening statement to question the legitimacy of these witnesses.
“I am troubled that… participants on today’s panel have a well-documented history of downplaying the gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic and defying the overwhelming consensus of America’s scientific, research, and public health communities — including by advocating for a reckless herd immunity strategy for a deadly novel virus we knew little about and drawing into question vaccine policies that contributed to the prevention of more than three million fatalities,” Ruiz said.
There have been multiple studies that contradict Ruiz’s statement. Officials continue to reject the evidence that masks are not effective, kids are not high risk, and natural immunity places a role.