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McCain’s vote didn’t help special-needs kids

To the Editor:

Did John McCain forget to tell us about. . .

Did you know that our constitutional right to seek justice for damages from vaccines has been abridged by the current BUSH Administration (George W.) In a move labeled by Senator John McCain as “The fix is in,” Neil Miller describes how a last minute rider concerning the liability of pharmaceutical companies that produced vaccines was mysteriously inserted into the Homeland Security Bill:



“On November 13, 2002, lawmakers passed a Homeland Security Bill that includes a provision protecting drug companies from thimerosal lawsuits.”

“It looks like payback” a trial lawyer noted, considering “the industry (pharmaceutical companies) spent millions bankrolling (political) campaigns.



This rider’s net effect is to shield Eli Lilly and other pharmaceutical companies from paying out billions of dollars in anticipated lawsuits from mercury-induced vaccinosis ” primarily autism and other neurological disorders ” from the thimerosal preservative. The political machinations leading to the passage of this “Lilly Rider,” championed by Senator Bill Frist (R-TN) and other Republican leaders, is thoroughly detailed in David Kirby’s Evidence of Harm, Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy. The account on how this rider was successfully included and passed in this bill reads like a fascinating (albeit depressing) thriller, not unlike the Watergate conspiracy from the Nixon era.

Hmmm did John McCain “forget” to mention this when he was boasting how he plans on helping children with special needs as well as autism?

Donna Lively

Winter Park


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