Personal and Medical Freedom Over Mandates or Quarantines
Medical decisions should be between a patient and a doctor, and, in the case of a minor, their parents. Medical mandates, as a one-size-fits-all, I’m-worried-so-the-rest-of-the-world-must-stop solution, are not providing any appreciable benefit, but they are causing a great deal of harm in many ways, especially to our children, not to mention the real discrimination that is occurring in a number of other life situations. Big Pharma is also to blame, where it has been admitted that death and hospitalization numbers were overstated regularly, so that they and hospitals could receive more government funding, and were therefore incentivized to inflate them. I will put an end to Big Pharma’s death grip on our lives, make sure they face far more scrutiny, and force greater transparency in pricing and otherwise. Personal and medical freedom requires all available options, including masks and vaccines, as well as access to any available medication, even if not yet formally approved by the FDA, if patients or parents understand the risks and want to try them. Also, there is a reason we have never quarantined the healthy before, because it doesn’t work, since the solution is worse than the problem on so many levels. The government’s job is not to protect us from every illness and disease that might come along; it is to provide honest and complete research and then have the citizens take personal responsibility for their own lives. We need to return to normal living and follow tried-and-true precautionary measures that are showing far more success in other states than we are having in New Jersey, such as quarantining only those who become sick and following reasonable (not militant) social distancing during flu season, but, most importantly, the choices/options must belong to the patient and parents. Everything else is government overreach at its worst, where, for all of our mandates and quarantines, we have among the highest death rates per capita in the country right here in New Jersey. The debacle of the nursing homes and the veterans’ hospitals must also be prevented from ever happening again, along with a need to fully investigate what led to so many unnecessary deaths already. We need our District and state to be a model of treating veterans right, since they make sacrifices for our country like few others. I will seek the elimination of state income taxes on veteran pensions, acceptance of VA health benefits at all hospitals, and employment preferences for veterans. My personal pledge is to visit veterans’ hospitals on a regular basis during my term of office.