The Clintons masterminded the mandatory free Vaccines for Children program back in 1994 – paid for by taxpayers – while pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars from vaccine manufacturers over the years. While the MMR vaccine is dished out like candy over the “measles outbreak,” and the exclusive manufacturer Merck has increased revenues by 27% to $496 million, the media is pimping out doctored baby photos to create panic and claiming the “outbreak” is the fault of anti-vaxxers, as the CDC inflates numbers (again). Learn the facts behind the Measles, Masterminds & Millions in this 6-part series.
• In 1994, the Clintons masterminded the mandatory Vaccines for Children Program – The same year, was the last U.S. measles “outbreak” resulting in zero deaths and 30% of the 963 cases chose not to vaccinate citing religious or philosophic reasons
• Big discrepancies and misrepresentations in reporting by major news outlets and the CDC website pertaining to the measles outbreak
• The Gov. Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has settled $4.1 billion in vaccine injury and death cases behind the scenes, paid for by taxpayers, and Obama added more vaccines to the compensation list in December 2016
• The vaccine industry is expected to hit $100 billion by 2025. The Clintons have collected their fair share.
• Merck & Co., the exclusive MMR vaccine manufacturer, is embroiled in a lawsuit against its own scientists who blew the whistle claiming Merck falsified the efficacy rate
• Mandatory MMR vaccines for measles with fines up to $2000 in NY, quarantines in CA, and countless new vaccine bills on the docket to eliminate religious exemption
PART I: The Clintons Masterminded The Mandatory Free “Vaccines for Children” (VFC) Program in 1994
1980s Federal purchases of vaccines nearly tripled under President Bush, growing from $98.2 million in 1988 to $297 million in 1992. Bush also added $46 million to improve immunization delivery to preschool children.
1986 The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was established to ensure the manufacturers weren’t liable. This put the liability on the government to handle all injury and death related vaccine cases behind the scenes, while taxpayers footed the bill.
1992 During the presidential campaign, Bill and Hillary Clinton said that the measles epidemic was the result of the Bush administration’s failure to provide poor and middle-class children with access to vaccines.
1993 President Clinton announced the new “Vaccines for Children (VFC)” program – a program that the Children’s Defense Fund was pushing for, after issuing a report blaming the cost of vaccines for creating a “lethal chain of events” that lead to children’s death from measles. Hillary Clinton had previously worked with the Children’s Defense Fund and was on the board.
1994 The free mandatory Vaccines for Children Program was launched.
They pulled out all the stops to obtain the funding for the vaccines. They pushed the narrative that immunization levels were low because vaccines were too costly, and without a vaccine entitlement, the children would be exposed to the risk of disease. Donna Shalala, then-U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) appointed by Bill Clinton, reported that the immunization rate was at 55%. Shalala served for eight years, the longest HHS Secretary in U.S. history. George W. Bush later hand-picked her to co-chair with Senator Bob Dole on the Commission on Care for Returning Wounded Warriors. She was given the Medal of Freedom from Bush, and went on to receive the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights in 2010. Shalala ventured back to the Clintons to serve as President of the Clinton Foundation from 2015 to 2017, and currently serves as a congresswoman to Florida’s 27th District.
Every major newspaper jumped on board, reporting that vaccine prices rose astronomically and the immunization rates were the lowest in a decade. What they forgot to mention, was the fact that newly added vaccines made up for a large portion of the increase in cost, not to mention the federal excise tax. In 1977 vaccines cost $11, but by 1993 they had increased to $200 due to hepatitis B and haemophilus influenzae B being added, in addition to the federal excise tax.
The Children’s Defense Fund stepped in again, and rereleased information showing that the United States had a lower immunization rate than most countries. In short, the congressional debate didn’t last long, the Clintons got their way, and the vaccine entitlement became law. This eliminated a private market for vaccine purchase and delivery. Price controls were imposed on existing vaccines and new vaccine prices had to be negotiated with the administration. Pediatricians had to abide by fee caps.
An unelected board of pediatricians was put in charge of determining which vaccines would be added to the entitlement. The government would centrally control the ordering, storage, shipping, and delivery of pediatric vaccines. All uninsured children would receive free vaccines and insured children would automatically be covered for vaccines. Under this new law, Federal and state governments, which were previously purchasing about half of all childhood vaccines, would be increasing their purchase to 80%, leaving only 20% in sales to private doctors and clinics.
Arguments ensued when Clinton proposed buying up all childhood vaccines and distributing them from a warehouse in Burlington, N.J. Congress rejected that plan, but approved others. In 1995 they spent $511 million on immunizations and the purchase of vaccines, $938 million in 1996, and it kept climbing from there. The government spent $4.3 billion in the “Mandatory Vaccines for Children” program in 2017 alone. According to ASTHO, the price to fully vaccinate one child in the public sector increased from $282.19 in 2000 to $1,894.52 in 2014, the last year data is available. The cost increases are in part due to adding new vaccines and inflation rates. Children currently receive 28 shots of vaccine cocktails by the time they are two-years-old. Federal funds pay for approximately 95 percent of all publicly funded vaccinations. Federal funds = taxpayer dollars.
The VFC officially launched in 1994 through the CDC, providing free vaccines to children who are not covered by insurance, and is a part of every state’s Medicaid plan. To streamline this, doctors are enrolled in the program.
In 1993, the National Center for Immunization Program was created to operate in Atlanta under the CDC. In 2006 it changed its name to the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). They are responsible for the planning, coordinating, and conduct of immunization activities in the U.S. They support and supervise state and local agencies working on immunization activities and commercial contracting for vaccine supply and distribution. They also assist health departments in developing vaccine information systems to identify children whose parents have not complied with local vaccination laws.