The "revised" 21st Century Cures Act, a bill that has gone from dangerous to Orwellian, passed the US House yesterday, after it was suddenly revised, revived and placed on the suspension calendar, a calendar usually reserved for local or non-controversial bills that are expected to pass without opposition. It passed.
To give you an idea of just how convoluted this process was, a non-controversial bill about a tsunami warning system (HR 34) was completely gutted, and its language replaced with the worst parts of 21st Century Cures (which had been HR6).
The 21st Century Cures act states that all patients receiving treatment by any medical doctor may, WITHOUT THEIR KNOWLEDGE, be enrolled in a clinical trial for drugs and devices, as long as there is "minimal risk" to the patient. The patients are not informed that they are in a clinical trial, and they have no right to say "No" to being part of an experiment. If they are harmed during the trial, they will not know that they could sue, because any ill effect of the experimental drug or device cannot be traced to the experiment. This allows the medical establishment to experiment on the population with impunity.
It also will open up a floodgate of funding from Pharma to medical practices. The act stipulates that as long as no more the 8,000 people are being studied, uninformed consent is ok. But Pharma has thousands of drugs and devices waiting to be tested. How many people's lives will end due to unsafe treatments? We already know that Pharma cannot be trusted with safety trials (look at Vioxx and vaccines).
The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, including provisions for forced psychiatric treatment, even for non-dangerous individuals capable of surviving in their own homes, was amended into the 21st Century bill.
It makes it easier for electric shock "therapy” to be fast-tracked as a cure for autism, as well as other conditions.
The 21st Century Cures Act fast tracks the approval of all vaccines, and shields drug companies and vaccine administrators from liability for fetal injuries and deaths caused by vaccines marketed for and given to pregnant woman.
A fellow activist talked to one of Senator Feinstein's DC staffers yesterday (Friday). He said that Majority Leader Senator McConnell has asked for a cloture vote, which will take place at 5:00 pm on Monday. He needs at least 60 approvals for it to be granted, and the staffer said he's likely to get them. At that point they will have up to 30 hours to debate the bill and a vote will likely take place on Tuesday or Wednesday.
We all need to call our Senators NOW to tell them to vote NO on HR 34. CALLS are far more effective than emails or letters, so please take a few minutes to actually CALL the offices of both of your state senators. Key information and specific instructions on how to do this (including contact info for your senators) can be found at this link: http://conta.cc/2fVnp1q
In addition, please call the Leaders of the Senate:
Majority Leader: Mitch McConnell
Phone: (202) 224-2541
Fax: (202) 224-2499
Local office: Lexington, KY
Phone: (859) 224-8286
Majority Whip: John Cornyn
Local office: Austin, TX
Republican Conference Chair: John Thune
Phone: (202) 224-2321
Fax: (202) 228-5429
Local office: Sioux Falls, SD
Phone: (605) 334-9596
Republican Conference Vice Chair: Roy Blunt
Phone: (202) 224-5721
Fax: (202) 224-8149
Local office: Kansas City, MO
Phone: (816) 471-7141
Fax: (816) 471-7338
Republican Policy Chair: John A. Barrasso
Local office: Casper, WY
Minority Leader: Harry Reid
Washington , DC
Local office: Las Vegas , NV 89101
Minority Whip: Dick Durbin
Local office: Chicago, IL
Democratic Conference Secretary: Patty Murray
Phone: (202) 224-2621
Fax: (202) 224-0238
Toll Free: (866) 481-9186
Local office: Seattle, Washington
Phone: (206) 553-5545
Toll Free: (866) 481-9186
Fax: (206) 553-0891
Democratic Policy Chair: Charles Schumer
Phone: (202) 224-6542
Fax: (202) 228-3027
Local office: New York, NY
Phone: (212) 486-4430
Fax: (202) 228-2838
When the original 21st Century Cures Act passed the House of Representatives in the summer of 2015, it got stalled in the Senate, and never came up for a vote. WE NEED TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN AGAIN!!