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How vaccines will affect 2024 campaign

DEAR EDITOR:

Our medically alienated, who oppose vaccine and mask mandates and favor instead voluntary compliance with pandemic recommendations, are doubling down. They’re on the streets, in the courts, risking their jobs. Some of their employers reject being arm-wrestled by government into playing the vaccine police. Other employers are OK with that.

These supercharged political and perceptual differences are nothing new. Pro-lifers, for example, regard abortion as bad, even murderous; pro-choicers regard abortion as a subset of reproductive health care. The involuntary deferral or denial of medical care is regarded by most Americans as something that doesn’t exist, a sort of auto-hypnotic position. There are those areas, such as medical malpractice and iatrogenic and nosocomial illnesses, where medical intervention makes people worse rather than better.

The under-regarded Ivan Illich had it that “medical nemesis” threatens personal autonomy by improperly viewing events through a medical lens. We can see some of that in the efforts to have private handgun ownership declared a public health problem, or in Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s reference to a “biomedical security state.”

Group health insurance, about which I’ve written a lot, has 170 million-some Americans believing, some feverishly, in a web of fantasies that can be fairly easily disproved. You really need good subject matter knowledge to see how group health insurance turns, for example, labor unions into self-immolating entities. People don’t want their fantasies disproved.

What’s the upshot for the 2024 presidential election campaign? A candidate willing to go full-shred on a medically alienated and medically balkanized American public will put himself within striking distance of the Oval Office. Simple as that.

JACK LABUSCH

Niles

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