Buffalo, NY – State Assemblyman Patrick Burke (Dem-Buffalo) proposes legislation that will allow insurance companies to deny coverage for any Covid19 related treatment to the unjabbed. Burke says the bill is in the early stages and is still being drafted.
“I know we’re all tired of this pandemic, and it’s largely being perpetrated by variants of COVID that keep sprouting up and they’re mostly sprouting up in unvaccinated populations,” – Patrick Burke.
I'm introducing a bill that allows insurance providers to deny coverage for Covid related treatment to those who refuse to be vaccinated. Do your part or pay your own way. Freedom isn't free.
— Pat Burke 🦬 🗽 (@PatBurkeNY) November 23, 2021
“We need to do everything we can to incentivize people to get vaccinated. If folks are demanding their freedom, they have the freedom to not get vaccinated, to increase the likelihood of spreading a very dangerous disease, then I don’t know if the insurance pool and the rest of us should be covering for their very, very bad decisions that are already hurting us in a different way.” – Patrick Burke.
Former State Assemblyman Marc Molinaro responded to Burke’s tweet, saying, “Denying coverage to those choices you disagree with isn’t progressive, it’s wrong.”
This is cruel… I chose to be vaccinated and encourage others to do the same. Giving providers more power to deny coverage is wrong. Denying coverage to those choices you disagree with isn’t progressive, it’s wrong.
— Marc Molinaro (@marcmolinaro) November 23, 2021
Florina Altshiler, a legal expert, said the bill isn’t necessary because insurance companies already have the right to deny coverage for any reason.
“You have to remember that insurance companies are private companies. They can deny coverage for any reason. Now under Obama laws, there are reasons that they can’t deny coverage, such as preexisting medical conditions. But if they want to deny coverage for someone who is not vaccinated, they absolutely can do that. So, this bill doesn’t really change anything. My concern is that’s really the purpose of this bill. To scare people into getting vaccinated. Of course, it’s a great idea to get vaccinated, but fear-mongering is not the way to go about it.” – Florina Altshiler
Red Voice Media would like to make a point of clarification on why we do not refer to any shot related to COVID-19 as a "vaccine." According to the CDC, the definition of a vaccine necessitates that said vaccine have a lasting effect of at least one year in preventing the contraction of the virus or disease it's intended to fight. Because all of the COVID-19 shots thus far available have barely offered six months of protection, and even then not absolute, Red Voice Media has made the decision hereafter to no longer refer to the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson substances as vaccinations.