Wednesday, December 6, 2023

GET ME REWRITE: Wisconsin's transphobic GOP leadership draws a thick, dark line when it comes to medical care

Headline Wisconsin Watch, 12/6/2023
The bill: AB 609 would prohibit “discrimination or retaliation against health care providers by health care entities and credentialing boards for ordering or discussing innovative or novel therapies,” but explicitly does not apply to puberty blockers prescribed to transgender youth. Rep. Shae Sortwell, R-Two Rivers, introduced a similar proposal last year, as part of a “medical freedom” package, but it died in committee. The previous bill made no mention of puberty blockers. 
Some context: The bill emerges out of concern for doctors promoting treatments that have been proven ineffective for treating COVID-19. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical providers tried to repurpose existing drugs, such as hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin. But while early indications seemed promising, a robust body of research now shows neither is an effective COVID-19 treatment. Yet some still promote the drugs, spurring attempts to sanction doctors who spread medical misinformation. This bill would shield providers who continue to prescribe these treatments[emphasis added]

Which is why the cray-cray-craziest members of the Wisconsin GOP caucus have signed on as sponsors.  They're still fighting the Covid battles of 2020.

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