On September 30th, Governor Newsom gave his signature to a measure that gave the state’s health board the authority to sanction doctors for “misinformation” or “disinformation” under COVID-19.
Misinformation is defined as “false information that’s also contradicted by contemporary consensus in direct contrast to the standard of care,” while disinformation is defined as “misinformation that the licensee intentionally disseminated with bad intentions or an intent to mislead.” Both of these definitions come from the law.
Assemblyman Evan Low, a Democrat, was the one who first proposed AB 2098, and Newsom explained why he decided to sign it into law (D-Campbell).
“I am signing this bill because it is narrowly tailored to apply only to those egregious instances in which a licensee is acting with malicious intent or clearly deviating from the required standard of care while interacting directly with a patient under their care,” Newsom wrote in his signing message. “I am signing this bill because it is narrowly tailored to apply only to those egregious instances in which a licensee is acting with malicious intent or clearly deviating from the required standard of care while
According to Newsom, the rule only applies to the speech that doctors have with patients during talks that are directly linked to the treatment of COVID-19.
He wrote, “I am concerned about the chilling effect those certain potential laws could have on physicians and surgeons who need to be able to talk to their patients about the risks and benefits of therapies for a disease that has appeared in just the last few years.” “I am concerned about the chilling effect many potential laws may have on physicians and surgeons who must be able to effectively talk to their patient populations about the benefits and risks of treatments for a “However, I am certain that discussing developing concepts or therapies, including the future risks and advantages, does not constitute misinformation or disinformation in accordance with the standards outlined in this law.”
Opponents Towards The BILL
At twelve o’clock noon on September 30, a gathering of civil rights lawyers, patients, and physicians took place at the Capitol building in California in order to request that Governor Newsom reject the measure.
A news conference was held in the Capitol, and it was sponsored by Dr. Len Saputo, who is the head of the group Physicians and Patients Reclaiming Medicine. According to him, the regulation will significantly impact how medical practitioners in California carry out their jobs.
If Governor Newsom does not veto Senate Bill 2098, the practice of medicine will be fundamentally altered for all time…. According to Saputo, who has his headquarters in Walnut Creek, California, “We will not have the authority to advise our patients in some places because it will be banned by law.
Another doctor from California who was there was named Dr. Michael Huang, who claimed that the current situation in California has already grown too restrictive for many physicians and that the new legislation will just make the situation much more difficult.
He told the audience about one of his patients, a fireman from San Jose who was compelled to be inoculated for COVID-19 and afterward lost fifty percent of his ability to exercise as a result, according to Huang. He shared this story with the group. The fireman was compelled to acquire a booster vaccination after he was placed on administrative leave without pay. According to Huang, the fireman visited him in order to get a medical exemption.
“Could you please assist me? “I don’t want to be harmed again,” the fireman reportedly remarked, citing Huang as his source.
Huang said that he has been able to assist thousands of patients just like these who had a legitimate medical reasons to avoid receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. As a result, these patients were allowed to continue working or attending school despite the requirement that they get the vaccination.
“I’m here to defend your health,” said Huang. “I’m here to guard your health.” “I am here to protect you from any harm that may come your way.”
Due to allegations of “unprofessional behavior,” Huang is now the subject of an investigation and faces the possibility of having his medical license revoked. This was in response to instructions that had been provided by the medical council in August 2021, which said that doctors might be liable to disciplinary measures for incorrectly providing mask exemption or other exclusions.
Despite this, Huang maintains that he has not behaved illegally and that his exclusions have been legitimate.
In December, Huang gave an interview to The Epoch Times in which he said that “there are few medical experts who are prepared to offer medical exemptions since they are terrified.”
‘NO ABSOLUTE TRUTH’
According to a prior interview with Dr. Syed Haider, who practices medicine in Los Angeles, it is anticipated that the new law will also target physicians who recommend or write prescriptions off-label medications to their patients for COVID-19. Some examples of such medications include ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine.
In a May interview with The Epoch Times, he said that “myself and other physicians from all over the globe have had great outcomes using off-label regimens like ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, budesonide, as well as a number of other protocols.”
As a result of this, he has been reported to the medical boards of four different states by pharmacists who, according to him, “don’t enjoy filling ivermectin prescriptions.” He had no choice but to retain legal representation in order to safeguard his medical license.
He said that there is no such thing as an absolute truth in any scientific activity or profession. We are continually making progress toward the truth, but there is no point in medicine when we have arrived at absolute truth. There must at all times be some space for argument.”
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