They will use the welfare state to achieve compliance on vaccine mandates – OpEd [Eurasia Review]

Through Ryan mcmaken*

A legislator of the democratic state in Illinois introduced legislation requiring unvaccinated residents to pay out of pocket for health services. It’s all part of an effort to find new and creative ways to punish people who refuse to receive the covid jab.

WBBM radio in Chicago reports: [Jonathan] Carroll’s legislation would change the state’s insurance code so that “a person eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and who chooses not to be vaccinated will pay health care expenses out of pocket if the person is hospitalized due to COVID-19. symptoms.”

In other words, Carroll is trying to ensure that the unvaccinated will be denied health insurance for covid treatments, even in cases where private insurance is already purchased and paid for. In addition, intervening in private insurance will not even be necessary in many cases, since a third of the population already receives government-funded health care.

This policy is quite remarkable coming from a progressive like Carroll. After all, for decades we have heard from the left that “health care is a human right” and that it should be provided to everyone at taxpayer expense. Anything that is not publicly funded universal health care, we have been told, is unacceptable.

Yet apparently the advocates of mandatory vaccines – largely found on the left, of course – are so obsessed with imposing mandatory vaccines on the entire population that they are now looking for ways to refuse. to health care people.

But we should have seen it coming. Until recently, the left also claimed that it wanted universal employment and a ‘chicken in every pan’. But since the Biden administration came up with the idea to tie employment to vaccines earlier this year, vaccine mandate advocates now want you to be penniless and jobless if you refuse the vaccine.

The same mandate promoters also smartly designed their vaccine mandates to ensure that if you are fired for refusing the vaccine, you will not qualify for UI. Although mandates are imposed on employers in many cases, state policymakers have concluded that dismissal for refusal of the vaccine constitutes dismissal “for cause.” This makes it possible to deny unemployment insurance to these dissidents.

(Needless to say, progressive lawmakers did not step in to expand the welfare state on this issue. Only GOP– governments of controlled states have taken steps to open UI to vaccine dissidents.)

It turns out that health care, jobs and a “social safety net” are not rights after all. Now, advocates of the vaccine mandate have decided that social programs and regulatory powers can be used cynically as a means of getting citizens to comply.

In United States, the federal government has been slowly preparing for it for some time. For example, if mandate advocates want to pursue a “work permit” program, we need look no further than the E-Verify program long pushed by anti-immigration advocates. It is a federal database designed to deny employment to people without the proper immigration papers. You don’t have to be an oracle to see how a similar regulatory infrastructure could be used to tightly link immunization status to use.

A backdoor “social credit” system based on vaccination status

One lesson here is that a potential state’s infrastructure for health surveillance has already been established by programs and regulations that had nothing to do with vaccine passports. In all of this, the United States is following in the footsteps of more centralized states where resources are more centrally planned.

For example, even before the covid crisis, the National Health Service of UK had begun to deny medical treatment to overweight patients and smokers. In 2017, certain “local health committees” controlled by the State moved “To prohibit access to routine or elective surgery under the National Health Service until patients” improve their health. ” Having established a near-total monopoly on health care in the UK, the NHS can more or less dictate who receives care and who does not.

Likewise, in the police state known as Singapore, the regime announced in November it will deny state health care benefits to the unvaccinated if they require medical attention.

But perhaps the most disturbing end game of all of these types of programs is China’s “social credit” system, which can be used for many purposes.

Indeed, in some ways, the “vaccine passport” is emerging as a local version of the Chinese “social credit” system in which obedience to the Chinese state serves as a measure of the number of “freedoms” given to a person. Chinese citizen. As reported speak Associated press in 2019:

Prospective air travelers were barred from purchasing tickets 17.5 million times last year for “social credit” offenses including unpaid taxes and fines under a controversial system. Communist Party said it will improve audience behavior….

The authorities have been experimenting with “social credit” since 2014 in areas across China. Points are deducted for breaking the law or, in some areas, for offenses as minor as walking a dog off leash.

Like Eunsun Cho Noted for the Journal of Public and International Affairs, the system is a “data-driven project to monitor, assess and shape the behavior of all citizens and businesses”. Originally designed to achieve certain economic goals, such as paying taxes, the plan quickly expanded and

Once it is discovered that an individual has engaged in dishonest behavior, they will face restrictions on a wide range of activities directly and indirectly related to the behavior. For example, failure to act on a court decision may result in limitations not only on applications for government grants or certain professional licenses, but also on sales of assets, business operations, marketing, etc. use of transport and consumption of luxury goods.

Note that the larger goal of the system is still obedience. Those who disagree and refuse to obey are subject to “sanctions”. The social credit system serves as a model for ongoing efforts to impose restrictions on vaccine passports nationwide. The fact that the Chinese state controls pensions and employment in a wide range of industries is extremely helpful to the state.

The Future of the Welfare State: Using “Benefits” to Achieve Compliance

The growth of both the regulatory state and the welfare state has paved the way for new ways to achieve vaccine compliance – and potentially almost everything else. We should expect that regulatory powers will be widely used in all areas where those powers have already been confirmed. For example, the congressman Don Beyer of Virginia has already introduced legislation linking the “right” to travel by train or plane to vaccine compliance.

In the United States, however, the limits of the police and regulatory powers of the federal government will likely prove to be a hindrance in this regard. Thus, we should expect the federal government to use its financial power over contractors and government recipients—as we have already seen– to achieve compliance.

But if millions of Americans also depend on government welfare checks of all kinds, then the regulatory state won’t even be needed. The regime need only stretch the carrot of “social benefits” to get what it wants.

In this regard, the potential “universal basic income” proposals could be particularly helpful to the scheme. A universal basic income program could be used as a “carrot” to convince the public of all kinds of government mandates and demands. The equation is simple. The diet just has to say, “Do this thing and you will get $ 1,000 per month.”

This “free” money could then be linked to compliance with a certain number of mandates devised by government agencies. When most of the population depends on the state for health care or a monthly check, the possibilities are virtually endless.

*About the Author: Ryan mcmaken is editor-in-chief at Mises Institute. Send him your article submissions for Mises Wire and Power and Market, but read article guidelines first.

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