Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed California Assembly Bill 2098, which will punish doctors who dare to discuss what the government deems to be "misinformation" about COVID-19 with their patients.
Under AB 2098, which was introduced by Democratic Assembly Member Evan Low, physicians and surgeons can be charged with “unprofessional conduct” for "disseminat[ing] misinformation or disinformation related to COVID-19, including false or misleading information regarding the nature and risks of the virus, its prevention and treatment; and the development, safety, and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines."
Existing state law requires the Medical Board of California and the Osteopathic Medical Board of California to "take action against any licensed physician and surgeon who is charged with unprofessional conduct." The new bill has now designated alleged "misinformation or disinformation related to COVID-19, including false or misleading information regarding the nature and risks of the virus, its prevention and treatment; and the development, safety, and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines" as unprofessional conduct, which could result in license revocation.
The obvious problem with this new law is that it gives the government — not medical professionals —the authority to decide what is and is not medical "misinformation" This is especially problematic given the extreme politicization of anything related to COVID-19, from the efficacy of masks to vaccine safety to early treatment options.
Take, for example, PayPal's recent attempt to confiscate $2,500 directly from the accounts of users found guilty of whatever the company decided to call "misinformation" or "discrimination." Or Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo's recent recommendation against mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for men in the 18-39 age range, which contradicts the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's current recommendation for people of all ages to remain "up to date" on COVID-19 vaccinations.
Then there's been the ever-changing "scientific consensuses" on things like mask efficacy, vaccine side effects, and whether or not the vaccine can actually stop the spread of COVID-19. In every case, there were at least some government officials and so-called fact-checkers who were guilty of spreading misinformation, unintentionally or not.
While the fact that California passed AB 2098 is dystopian enough, this may be just a doorway to allowing the government to determine what's "true" and what is not.
"So, we have the state telling your doctor what he can or cannot say about a product that the state is a co-owner in. That's not good," Glenn Beck said on the radio program.
"The government can't be the arbiter of truth. They can play no role in that. Now, California is deciding what the truth is ... but, warning, it is coming. It's in California and if California adopts something, wait until you see how many others do," he added.
"You cannot win against the government ... if they hold all the cards, which they do. This is why we developed the Constitution," Glenn added. "That's why that document is so genius, but the further we get away from that document, the more in peril you are."
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