Monday, January 24, 2022
Indiana House Republicans Support Quack Covid Medicine, Oppose Free Markets
An Indiana legislator has proposed a bill to make Ivermectin, a drug often used to deworm horses, more readily available to Hoosiers who want to prevent or treat Covid. Rep. Curt Nisley (R-Goshen), the author of the bill, cited Wisconsin physician Pierre Kory, who has claimed that use of Ivermectin could reduce COVID-19 deaths by about 75%. That Dr. Kory himself contracted Covid-19 despite his use of Ivermectin apparently was not a red flag to Rep. Nisley.
Indy Politics reports that "House Bill 1109, if implemented, would prevent distributors of packaged nonalcoholic beverages with a weight volume of 8 ounces or more from offering differing sales prices to retailers, seasonal promotions and other discounts to Indiana retailers unless they are extended to every store in the state." It would apparently be the first price control on nonalcoholic beverages in the country. A Republican authored the bill which passed a GOP-controlled House committee on an 8-4 vote.
Then you have House Bill 1001, also pushed by Indiana Republicans, which tells private businesses they can't mandate Covid vaccines for their employees, despite the threat those unvaccinated workers pose to other workers and customers. Add to that the fact that unvaccinated workers who end up being hospitalized for their political stance ends up causing group insurance premiums to rise for employers and employees. The bill passed the House 58-35 and is on the way to the Senate.
I guess Indiana Republicans don't believe in the free market anymore.