In particular, mandates cause the cost of health care to rise overall.When the government forces insurers to cover certain illnesses, then insurers pass this cost onto everybody, not just for the affected populations. All insurance policies are forced to carry mandates against insurance, even if the policyholder is not at risk of developing autism, which means that people end up paying more for health insurance.
But the House's strong rejection of the mandated vaccine, just four years after it was approved overwhelmingly in the same chamber, is a sign of public uneasiness with HPV vaccination.Virginia's House of Delegates approved a bill Friday that would drop the state's requirement that sixth-grade girls be vaccinated against Human Papillomavirus before enrolling in public school.In 2007, Virginia was the first state in the country to enact a mandate that girls receive a vaccine against HPV, which causes genital warts and can cause cervical cancer, after a federal advisory panel suggested routine vaccination for 11- and 12-year-olds in 2006.Policymakers face a different set of incentives than physicians and patients, and they don’t necessarily have improved health outcomes in mind.Individuals need to weigh the costs and the benefits of getting vaccinated by themselves."We just want to make sure parents are evaluating the risks of what their giving their daughters, and not a legislative body," said Del. Byron (R-Lynchburg), who is sponsoring the measure, "HB1491. Byron (R-Lynchburg), who is sponsoring the measure, commented that "I don't think that we have the medical degree to make those decisions." This statement conveniently sidesteps the fact that the Virginia State Legislature enacted the mandate on the basis of overwhelmingly positive recommendations from the medical community. It seems as though there may be another agenda being served here.