WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) joined U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), U.S. Rep. Dan Bishop (R-N.C.) and seven of their Republican colleagues in introducing the COVID-19 Vaccination Non-Discrimination Act to ensure that federal taxpayer dollars are not used to support health care facilities that deny care to patients based on their COVID-19 vaccination status.
The American Medical Association (AMA) has urged physicians to refrain from denying care to patients based on vaccination status. Yet cases of individual transplant centers denying organ transplants to unvaccinated patients have emerged across the country.
To set right these wrongs, the COVID-19 Vaccination Non-Discrimination Act would:
- Ensure that health care facilities that discriminate against patients based on their COVID-19 vaccination status are barred from receiving federal funds.
- Protect vulnerable patients’ right to make their own private health care decisions without being penalized for making those decisions.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Sen. Johnson has been a leading advocate for early treatment, healthcare freedom and individuals who have experienced adverse reactions.
Sens. Johnson and Paul are joined by Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), J.D. Vance (R-Ohio), Mike Braun (R-Ind.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.).
The full text of the bill can be found here.