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kengr
Aug. 15th, 2014 04:35 pm (UTC)
Thu, 04:03: I like how DS9’s episode 01x04 (Babel) did a nice little twist on the old trope of “people who try to break... http://t.co/kitLoqWpIl

It's part and parcel of the same mindset that lets people decide that their kids don't really need to be vaccinated.

We don't have big epidemics with hundreds (much less thousands) of people sick or dying. So the diseases and the associated risks aren't real anymore.

I just had a thought. It'd likely never pass, but oh if it did...

A law that makes the parents of any non-vaccinated child who is part of an outbreak liable for the medical costs of all the other victims. Costs to be spread proportionally to income over all the parents of unvaccinated kids involved.

Exceptions for where there's a good *medical* reason for not being vaccinated (like the kid is allergic to the vaccine, or is too young, etc. Supposed "risks" of vaccines aren't a legit excuse.

Probably need a very limited religious exemption. While I know this w0on't work, I'm thinking something along the lines of "you must be a practicing member of an organized religion that has non-vaccination as an important part of doctrine". None of this "personal matter of conscience" stuff so many are using these days.

That definition is a major mess because it gets too close to trying to define what is and isn't a "real" religion, as well as trying to define who are "really" members.

Another thought is what failure to vaccinate would do to your medical (and personal liability) insurance costs if such a law existed. The insurance company would quite rightly be able to charge you more because you are likely to *cost* them more.

fayanora
Aug. 16th, 2014 01:05 am (UTC)
I think it's a bad idea to have any kind of religious exemption for that.
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