Recently, 80 House Republicans allied with Democrats, notably by voting in favor of passing H.R. 550. This bill is also known as the Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act, and the provisions of the legislation include funding for a centralized vaccine database, as reported by Breitbart.
Specifically, approximately $400M in taxpayer funds are designated for “immunization system data modernization and expansion.”
The “system” in question refers to a computerized database that carries records of the various immunization doses that have been administered to Americans by any healthcare provider “within the geographic area covered by that database.” The system is also “population-based” and ostensibly “confidential.”
As a result of H. R. 550’s passage, the Public Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now enjoy expanded capabilities with regards to sharing health data with federal government authorities.
While 80 House Republicans voted in favor of the provision, 130 House Republicans voted against the measure, including Representative Mary Miller (IL).
According to Miller, the proposed system is “designed to allow for the sharing of crucial information and maintenance of records,” which means that the government is not only able to “track” Americans who have yet to receive the vaccine, but also have access to highly personal information.
“Do we really trust the government to protect our medical records?” Miller inquired.
Miller also noted that the new bill provides multiple millions of taxpayer dollars to various Democrat-led states to enforce vaccine mandates. Furthermore, the government may also engage in developing “public-private partnerships” designed to assist with “training,” “technical assistance,” and “related implementation support.”
GOP Representative Byron Donalds (FL) also voted against the legislation, arguing that the new laws primarily serve to expand and enhance the powers of the federal government, thereby threatening individual liberties and rights. Donalds also cited fiscal concerns, especially in light of excessive government spending, as another reason to vote against H. R. 550.
“This legislation would unnecessarily appropriate millions of taxpayer funds intended to expand bureaucracy in Washington,” Donalds declared, adding that part of this expansion would include a database dedicated “solely” to “[collecting] confidential vaccination information of Americans.”
“[This measure] explicitly encroaches upon individuals’ fundamental right to medical privacy” Donalds concluded.