The Huffington Post
September 21, 2009
By Matt Mackowiak
“Follow the money. It leads to Merck,” said Cathie Adams, president of the conservative Texas Eagle Forum.
Comment from Leslie –
Normally I would not post an article about Gov. Perry but this one speaks to Gardasil and it is important for people to know that Big Pharma and Big Gov are in bed together. It is rare that they get called on it. What is also interesting about this article is that Gardasil is dubbed as the “questionable HPV vaccine.”
On August 13, while at a press conference on health care flanked by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) was asked about the health care town hall meetings across the country. Perry responded, “Here’s the real issue: Americans are scared. I think for the first time in most of our citizens’ lives, they’re really scared about the future. And you know what? They ought to be scared.
While many Americans oppose the health care overhaul proposed by President Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats, the greatest fear that most Americans have is losing control of their own health care decisions from government intervention.
But there’s a glaring problem with Gov. Perry’s recent criticism. On February 2, 2007, he issued an executive order requiring that all Texas schoolgirls receive a questionable vaccine, Gardasil, to prevent a sexually transmitted disease known as HPV. The effort would have cost $60 million for the state’s 170,000 eligible girls.