Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is spearheading the effort to hold publicly funded medical facilities accountable for withholding lifesaving care, including as organ transplants, from people who are not immunized.
Paul presented legislation Tuesday that aims to keep government funding from hospitals that have denied care to patients due to their vaccination status, according to One America News Network.
The bill from Paul, who has spearheaded the fight to hold publicly funded facilities accountable for withholding care to unvaccinated Americans, would also enshrine patients’ ability to choose their healthcare.
“No American should be denied access to critical care based on a personal medical decision, yet tragically, many hospitals and other medical facilities continue to discriminate against those unvaccinated for COVID-19,” he said.
“The COVID-19 Vaccination Non-Discrimination Act will protect the rights of vulnerable patients to make their own health care choices and ensure that federal taxpayer dollars do not support facilities that turn away patients based on their COVID-19 vaccination status.”
According to Paul’s office, The American Medical Association told physicians to continue treating patients regardless of their level of COVID-19 immunization, according.
However, across the country, numerous instances of taxpayer-funded medical providers denying care to the unvaccinated have come to light.
A North Carolina girl in need of a kidney transplant was turned away by Duke University Hospital because she was not vaccinated, according to reports.
Months later, a North Carolina man was refused a transplant from another school’s hospital. Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Hospital denied the man, Chad Carswell, a double amputee, in January 2022.
Duke Health officials said the hospital is “committed to making organ transplant accessible to as many eligible patients as possible.”
Paul has repeatedly ripped Dr. Anthony Fauci and the federal government over authoritarian vaccine mandates. In 2021, he joined Fox News to slam a proposal to put unvaccinated people on the no-fly list.
Sen. @RandPaul calls proposal to put the "unvaccinated" on the no-fly list "obscene."
"If we now disagree in our personal medical decisions with the left, they are going to declare that we're a terrorist and we can't fly?"pic.twitter.com/7y9eC2eL1o
— Young Americans for Liberty (@YALiberty) August 6, 2021