Don Young joins bipartisan group to approve national vaccine database bill, HR 550

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Congressman Don Young on Tuesday voted in favor of House Resolution 550, a complicated piece of legislation that creates, among other things, a national Covid-19 vaccine database.

Read the entire bill at this link.

Also known as the Immunization and Infrastructure, H.R. 550 was sponsored by Rep. Ann Kuster, a New Hampshire Democrat, in January.

According to the bill, the government would spend $400 million on an “immunization system data modernization and expansion,” a system it says is “a confidential, population-based, computerized database that records immunization doses administered by any health care provider to persons within the geographic area covered by that database.”

The database would allow the government to notify people about when their booster shot are due. Although the system is described as confidential, confidential in this case means confidential from the public, until of course records are indiscriminately released like has happened with the IRS, Department of Defense, Veterans Administration, or any number of high-profile government leaks and hacks.

Eighty Republicans crossed over to help move the bill to the Senate, including Young, who is famous for being a bipartisan lawmaker. It passed 294-130.

Young’s office explained that the bill is not a vaccine passport bill:

The Congressman opposes a broad federal vaccine mandate and vaccine passports. In fact, the Congressman has cosponsored H.J.Res 65, which would overturn OSHA’s vaccine mandate. Contrary to what critics say, the Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act (H.R. 550) actually protects patients’ privacy by keeping the federal government from accessing Immunization Information Systems (IIS) databases in an attempt to carry out the Biden agenda. The primary issue is that in Biden’s multi-trillion dollar American Rescue Plan, funding to modernize IIS databases was included, but there was no explicit legal mechanism to put guardrails on what “modernization” meant. H.R. 550 limits what Biden can do, in turn protecting states’ rights. 

The Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act (H.R. 550) isn’t at all related to a federal vaccine database or vaccine passport. In fact, the bill actually increases security, bolsters cyber defense, and helps better protect Americans’ health privacy. The state-level IIS databases already exist and have been in use for decades. All this bill does is beef up their security. In fact, the bill goes a step farther to reign in the Biden Administration by ensuring federal money cannot go toward repurposing an IIS to enforce vaccine mandates.

Again, this bill does not create new IIS databases. Immunization information (whether it’s immunization against COVID-19, Hepatitis A, or chicken pox) already exists in state-level databases. The information contained within them is decentralized, anonymous, and contains no personally identifiable information. H.R. 550 ensures existing systems are kept private and hardened against potential cyber-attacks. Alaska’s patients are already rightfully concerned about digital health privacy following the DHSS cyber-attack which exposed health information.

According to Breitbart News, some conservative members of the House are deeply unhappy with the bill, including Rep. Mary Miller, R-Ill, who views the legislation darkly.

“These systems are designed to allow for the sharing of crucial information and maintenance of records. Do we really trust the government to protect our medical records?” Miller told Breitbart. “The bill’s author even bragged in her press release that these systems will help the government remind patients when they are due for a recommended vaccine and identify areas with low vaccination rates to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines. This was clearly a legislative tool to enforce vaccine mandates and force their Orwellian rules onto those who do not comply.”

Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) cautioned Breitbart readers that H.R. 550 is “Democrats’ habitual pattern of reckless and wasteful spending” that expands the power of the federal government in trampling individual rights.

“This legislation would unnecessarily appropriate millions of taxpayer funds intended to expand bureaucracy in Washington. A database solely created to record and collect confidential vaccination information of Americans explicitly encroaches upon individuals’ fundamental right to medical privacy,” Donalds said. “As a fiscal conservative, I cannot in good faith support legislation that contributes to the Democrats’ habitual pattern of reckless and wasteful spending and the intrusive heavy hand of government.”

The bill’s main sponsor, Democrat Rep. Ann Kuster (D-NH), explained that the system will be used to “remind patients when they are due for a recommended vaccine” and identify areas with low vaccination rates to “ensure equitable distribution of vaccines.”

Critics say the bill will allow the federal government to track unvaccinated Americans, who could be targeted, segregated, and forced to comply with vaccination mandates.

The bill has passed to the Senate and was referred to the Senate, read twice, and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

72 COMMENTS

  1. As always, its difficult to discern what exactly it is all about, but based upon past experience, there is no good reason to trust that the bill has the American people’s best interests in mind.

    That government which governs least, governs best. This bill is just another control mechanism, an invasion of our privacy, compiling a treasure trove of data for capable thieves that will unhesitatingly sell the information to the highest bidder. It can’t really be anything else…

    • There once was an elected official named Henry Hyde. He is best known for the Hyde Amendment preventing taxpayer dollars from being used in abortions. He is also known for his solid opposition to term limits. He once said, “in times of crisis America needed professional policymakers and career politicians”. This group of career politicians have given us 29t dollars of debt, a special interest laden infrastructure bill, 20 years of war at a coat of 6t dollars, the patriot act, Obamacare, now this registry…. Consider Don Young a career politician.
      It’s time to place Freedom and Liberty ahead of traditional voting parameters.
      It’s time to vote Libertarian!

      • It’s time to vote for the opponent that has the highest support. I doubt that will be the libertarian.

        • Matt- We hope to change that fear. I contend folks are scared to admit their political party has failed them continuously. We keep voting with hope that our selection of the lesser of two evils will result in some amazing turn around. And it hasn’t; Miccichi-Bishop Dividend, 1.2T$ Young Infrastructure boondoogle, 29T$ debt, ANC Assembly, and vaccine mandates all are establishment party events. Better keep your waders on and get a helmet if folks continue to vote for the lesser of two evils. It’ll require courage to vote for freedom and liberty over the traditional political failures.

          • I have tried that before. It was useless.
            Unless Ron Paul or Ross Perot had a presidency I forgot about, I’ll stick to the ones that can actually beat an incumbent. If that is a Demoncrat for one term, so be it. I have never voted for a Democrat but I will to get rid of a RINO. That is the bold move. I’m not voting for someone that won’t win and hand it back to the swamp creature. I’m not voting for a Ron Paul. I’m voting for the RINOs number 1 and number 2 competition in that order.
            Get your Ron Paul to climb up to number 1 competitor and then I will make them my first vote.

  2. This is the most vile thing this traitor has done yet.
    He just wiped his a$$ with the Constitution and your rights and medical privacy and wanting not to be tracked and spied on.

    • If anyone is interested, I compiled the list.
      RINOs voted for vaccine spying on American citizens
      Bacon
      Baird
      Banks
      Barr
      Bilirakis
      Brady abstained
      Bucshon
      Burges
      Carl
      Carter (all three carters dem and RINO)
      Cheney
      Cole
      Comer
      Crenshaw
      Curtis
      Davis
      Diaz-Balart
      Dunn
      Fitzpatrick
      Fleischman
      Fortenberry
      Giminez
      Gonzalez
      Gonzalez
      Graves
      Guthrie
      Herrera Buetler
      Hill
      Hinson
      Hudson
      Huizenga
      Jacobs
      Johnson (Ohio
      Joyce (Ohio
      Joyce (pa
      Katco
      Keller
      Kim
      Kinzinger
      Kustoff
      LaHood
      Lesko
      Letlow
      Long
      Loudermilk abstained
      Lucas
      Luetkemeyer
      McCarthy
      McCaul
      McClain
      Mchenry
      McKinley
      Meiger
      Miller-Meeks
      Moore
      Murphy
      Newhouse
      Owens
      Palazzo
      Palmer
      Pence
      Reed
      Reschenthaler
      Rodgers
      Rogers
      Rogers
      Salazar
      Scalise abstained
      Schweikert
      Smith (NJ
      Smucker
      Stauber
      Stewart
      Thompson
      Turner
      Upton
      Wagner
      Wenstrop
      Westerman
      Wilson
      Womack
      Young

  3. Don Young must be preparing to retire. Why go out as an enemy of the people and their Constitutional Republic?

  4. Don Young, this was a big mistake. “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you…” NOT. At the least, it should be “My body, my choice. – even those who are not religious should agree to that. This piece of legislation and its vax bureau-rat-racy can only have nefarious results – no good can possibly come from the feds seizing this power. Who owns our bodies? The Bible says in: Romans 13:1-7 speaks of our responsibility to obey authorities over us. BUT, Mt.22:21 makes us ask if vaccines are a legitimate realm of government authority? Does Government own our bodies? Mt.22:37-40 asks us for some discernment – you are more valuable healthy and whole to your family, friends, neighbors, and your employer, than subjecting yourself to more suffering with possibly lasting consequences just to obey a mandate that is not likely to survive court challenges. The vaccines sometimes cause harm. NO mandate. 1Cor.6:19-20 says God owns us. Should be end of discussion.

      • Then maybe you think you own yourself. In any case, that was not entirely Mr. Thorne’s point. Regardless of your starting point, it is absurd to argue that the Government owns our bodies (unless you wholeheartedly believe in Chinese-style communism).

      • You don’t believe in me either, but I still exist.
        😉
        Seriously though (but it’s me, so…)
        Yes. You belong to God. God is existence Itself. You are held in existence so there is God. If not, there would be no you. It would be a much bigger deal if God were A-Evanist than if Evan were A-Theist.

          • You are wrong, but that’s okay so far. A silly way to live to be so angry at something that “doesn’t exist” that Is Existence Itself, but oh well. You aren’t the first person that is so proud of themselves to deny logic and reality and you won’t be the last.

          • You know Evan, a mature mind would conclude that only an Agnostic viewpoint is truly rational. You Evan, can neither prove nor disprove the existence of someone else’s God.

      • Not to worry, you’re free range. If anyone doesn’t want Him, then He lets them go their own way.
        So, will you disappear into nothingness when you die? As if you never had existed? As if when the sun finally novas and destroys the earth, you’re so brief existence will be forgotten, even by the Creator, if He exists??

          • Matthew: In response to your comment above, I’m not angry at anything. Why do you think I am? And your bit about me denying logic and reality is maybe a case of projection on your part. For example, is it logical to believe a dead man can be alive again after three days? Or a virgin birth? Or a worldwide flood? Or that the earth is only 5000 years old?

            Maybe you need to re-examine what the concepts “logic and reality” mean.

          • You atheist religionists just can never stop proselytizing. That points to anger (which is a hallmark of most atheist religionists).
            The bigger defiance of logic is that there is no such thing as Existence Itself and yet I still get to be mentally assaulted by your unreasonable blather.
            The big leap of illogic is the atheist religion’s claimed miracle that all of this order, beauty, goodness, and life came out of nothing with no help (also funny that the mechanism that most of you blame was postulated by a Catholic Priest that at the time was accused of proffering a creationist idea as science.).
            Try reading something outside of your atheist religion with its morons like Dawkins and Neil DeGrass ‘philosophy is useless (that’s my philosophy)’ Tyson.
            Read ‘5 Proofs for the Existence of God’ by Dr. Edward Feser and see if you can let any knowledge in from outside your atheist religion (although you’ll probably need a basic understanding of logic and metaphysics first to help you to understand the book).

          • Right after you prove that there is no God (you can stack it together with proof that there are no absolutes).
            Atheist religionists can just never let it go. (To be fair, neither can I, but at least I know I’m in a religion, albeit a somewhat less radical and preachy one.)

  5. Just like with the war on drugs and the war on terror. The war on covid is yet another scheme for government to expand itself and justify more taxes. What a damn waste.

  6. Dan Fagan had it right this morning. It’s time to get rid of our federal representatives. Young is is it going to be remembered in history books as a compromised pork leaden communist sympathizer. Sullivan’s one line in the history books will be he was known to be a capitulating Benedict Arnold. Murkowski will be remembered as a patrimonial chimaera swamp creature.

  7. Dan Fagan had it right this morning. It’s time to get rid of our federal representatives. Young is is it going to be remembered in history books as a compromised pork leaden communist sympathizer. Sullivan’s one line in the history books will be he was known to be a capitulating Benedict Arnoldand. Murkowski Will be remembered as a patrimonial chimaera swamp creature.

  8. More often than not nowadays, if Don Young is voting for it, then it can be assumed to be bad for the nation and bad for our freedoms — but oh-so-good for totalitarian, centralized government.
    .
    RETIRE ALREADY, YOU TRAITOR!

    • Dimwitted Don is a dottering old fool.
      He is corrupt.
      He’s making Biden look sharp witted.
      Run is butt out of office – the betrayal and corruption cannot be tolerated any longer.

  9. If this bill doesn’t scare the hell out of you, it should ! Another tracking device. Shame on Don Young and other republicans who voted for this.

    • Don (Not)Young deserves MUCH more than just shame, for this and for many other recent authoritarian measures he has supported. Jail time for the rest of his short and miserable life would be the least he owes us.

  10. 80 Republicans have betrayed the American people. America is becoming Nazi Germany.
    Don Young is a fool as well as Mike Dunleavy.

  11. I have been a Don Young fan for years, until lately. We as Alaskans, need to make sure that Don and Lisa get on unemployment. They have done a good job for the most part in the past, but they have been drinking too much DC coolaid. Time to replace them. Make it your goal to campaign for someone else.

  12. GET YOUNG OUT NOW! remove all these Alaskan traitors. we will be the next New York if we and our reps – do not fight for our constitutional rights! makes me so angry.

  13. Only the government has the ability to remind people. My doctor does a great job reminding me of pertinent issues.
    Give me a break. More unnecessary government meddling.

  14. Looks like Don fell off the deep end and is proudly displaying the leftist flag of deceit, falsehoods and betrayal. Has he been a “Manchurian Candidate” all those years? The rewest ‘reality’ is not to trust anyone, especially of the political persuasion. R or D before their name seems to make no difference any more. Too many R’s (republicans) are that in name only. Their true agenda lies hard left, with less regard for their constituents than something you might step in. Only now, in the worst political disaster in U.S. history, have they really started showing their true allegiance, and it’s not to the people they claim to represent or the Country that made them what they are.

  15. During a previous trial with despotism nearly 250 years ago, they strung together a beautiful series of words to describe it and their position. Just posting this is probably enough to agitate and activate the totalitarians… Please, just bask in the glow of these words, once again:

    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

  16. Lame duck decision
    Definitely a loss for freedom. Will definitely be used to reduce your liberty. This is the face of the repub party unmasked.

    Your Freedom and Liberty are priceless.
    It’s time Alaska, Vote Libertarian

    • If the libertarians could come up with the opponent that is in the number one or number two vote getting spot, I would vote for the libertarian. However that is quite unlikely and with rank choice voting $#%!, my number one vote has to go to whomever is the most likely to defeat the swamp creature.

      • Actually your number 1 vote can go to whoever you want. If you vote libertarian #1 it will simply reallocate and use your #2 vote instead (assuming the libertarian gets a very small number of #1 votes). The point of rank choice is to allow protest votes without vote splitting

        • A less effective strategy with crank choice voting. Only the top 2 get to play. Therefore, not one vote should go to the one you want to get rid of and your 1 slot should go to the top vote getting opponent and 2 slot should go to the second most threatening opponent of the one you want to lose. If the libertarian is not one of the two likeliest vote getters in the election, choose him as number 3. That is the best strategy – at least to get rid of a dangerous incumbent.

      • This is your lucky NOV! Two Army Vets are tired of this crap and decided to step off the sideline and actually do something.
        It ain’t a swamp. It’s a clogged public toilet. Snake it and flush it!
        Granted it’ll require a number of folks (72-80K) in AUG to have courage and step out in a direction giving their traditional party the flush.

        FREEEEDOOM!

  17. Yes, it is time to get rid of all of the corrupt aka career politicians. These politicians are supposed to be working for We the People, not special interest groups. Never in human history has anyone including corrupt government forcing others to comply been good people.

  18. If we don’t turn things around soon America will be like Australia and Germany. Enough is enough! Biden/Harris are a joke. Leaders lead and tyrants dictate! Fauci and the government own the Moderna COVID patents and are getting rich while ruining America. Lock Fauci up along with the rest of the goons!

  19. What does the deep state have on him? He sounds like Murkowski in their flipping from representing the Alaskan to the globalist agenda. They both need to go.

  20. Please flood Don Young with emails about this and how he is not serving Alaskans or America ! I sent a email yesterday…..you can look up his email on his webpage.

    PS.- Suzanne, I saw a blurb on Laura Ingram last night on this subject from MRK !!!! Made it to Fox news !

  21. i would vote for a democrat before I would vote for that old fool young again. It would be about the same. All the Alaskan delegation are RINOs…and that mean you too Sullivan

  22. Just another positioning by Don Young in the democratic party regime. He is no longer and has not been for some time a conservative. Nick Begich is the conservative representation we need in congress.

  23. After all these years…looks like I’ve already cast my last vote for Don Young. There will not be another. Funny how you don’t realize you’re doing something for the last time…

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