Since President Trump has continued to falsely claim that vaccines cause autism, the anti-vax movements have ramped up their efforts to lay blame on the medical field for the condition.
The groups also rail on about how the “Vaccine Court” (Actually known as the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program), has awarded families and individuals billions of dollars for their claims that vaccines caused harm or death to a family member.
What is the problem with that?
First of all, there is no actual Court. The NVICP is a no fault program created by the government whereby people can petition for funds. They make their claim, and the program evaluates it based on the wrong that it sees, and then it awards cash approximately one third of the time. There is no trial and no jury.
In a land where justice prevails, and proof of harm beyond a reasonable doubt is the law of the land in a criminal case (medical malpractice is a criminal charge), it hardly seems appropriate that the government should create a no fault pool of funds to dole out to people who simply claim that vaccines caused the harm to their loved one.
This is not to say that it did not happen. It would be an exceedingly rare occurrence, given the amount of people, especially babies and young children given vaccines nationwide daily. But who is to say that the harm done was not genetic? Or not caused by another factor such as an illness or a food allergy or exposure to a contaminate that has not been revealed?
Without a proper court trial with evidence, witnesses and a full judge and jury, the justice system is being circumvented. Certainly, people are being awarded funds for harm done that was not the result of vaccinations. The problem with this scenario goes deeper than merely avoiding our finely tuned justice system which gets it right almost every time.
Herein lies the rub: It gives credence to a non-truth. It validates that vaccines were the actual cause of all the harms done to the relatives of the people who were awarded funds. Even though this is clearly not the case. Even though the words, “no fault” are in the descriptor of the NVICP. Even though it states that people who have not been harmed by vaccines may receive compensation:
In very rare cases, a vaccine can cause a serious problem, such as a severe allergic reaction. In these instances, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) may provide financial compensation to individuals who file a petition and are found to have been injured by a VICP-covered vaccine. Even in cases in which such a finding is not made, petitioners may receive compensation through a settlement.
To use the NVICP as a fallback to point to and say, ‘See! Look at all the money that has been paid out by the “Vaccine Court” to people who have been harmed by vaccines or their families’, is just yet another entitlement of our government. It is also a false statement.
The petition that should be made is to either do away with this organization, or to force it to treat every case as a full court trial with a Federal prosecution side against the vaccine company and a defense side for it. Otherwise, to circumvent our criminal justice system and award money to people who may not really be entitled to it is to deny the legal system that our nation was founded upon.
To add insult to injury, we the taxpayers, fund the NVICP. And most of the billions of dollars sits there in a reserve pool where the government cannot redirect it or touch it. So they earn money on it. The money should come from the drug companies if it is a payout for harm from vaccines, right? Wrong. Why? Because no proof is given that the harm is from vaccines, so no drug company is ever forced to pay a dime. Instead, you pay.
Makes sense, I suppose, since the government is one huge expanding big bang that will never end.
Anti-vaxxers may cheer this kangaroo court. But they are actually siding with socialists who like to see justice done without a fair trial and like to see a guilty “verdict” before it is proven to be so. Justice is never blind. Some people just don’t want to remove the blinders because it allows them to simply lay blame instead of a true day in court.