Cancellation is suspicious

In 2006 my grandson – then 9 years old, vaccine-injured and on the autism spectrum – graced the cover of an area publication. The accompanying story concerned three test cases being tried in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, a government-controlled program, to determine if certain vaccines did cause injury to these children.

More than 5,000 other cases rested on these three decisions. All families lost in this non-jury, government-controlled court fiasco.

Now, seven years later, nothing has changed. A program that was initiated to readily compensate the injured has done nothing of the sort.

Interested parties have been working all this year to bring congressional hearings to challenge the failings and malfeasance of the NVICP. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, was to hold the hearing on Dec. 4. On Nov. 20, it was announced that it had been canceled.

I have no doubt that those with great interest in keeping our current vaccine program intact were responsible for the cancellation. It is also a shame that congressional leaders caved in.

For now, the hearings are canceled, and the injured children are canceled.

Maurine Meleck

North Augusta, S.C.

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