Category Archives: Dueling Experts

Dueling Experts: Risks of vaxxed break through cases

The Times report stated the odds of a fully vaccinated person contracting COVID-19 on a given day are 1 in 5,000, citing statistics from King County, WA and other metro areas around the country.

Dr. Scott Lindquist, Washington’s State Epidemiologist cast some doubt on the reliability of the Times’ calculations.

“I think those are numbers that are manipulated that don’t take into the context of everyone who’s asymptomatic,” said Lindquist.

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But Dr. Bill Messer, an infectious disease expert at OHSU, was more supportive of the 1 in 5,000 probability calculation, calling it a “fair attempt,” though stopping short of calling it accurate.

Source: Doctors in Oregon and Washington cast some doubt on New York Times breakthrough case report | Local News | kptv.com

IF you, as a public peon, are confused, it is your fault. Keep that in mind!

Dueling Experts: #MasksForever and Well, they don’t work in the real world. Or something

If you are an uncredentialed lay member of the public and find the daily contradicting experts confusing, this is your problem – you are obviously an idiot. Always listen to the experts, even if they are inconsistent, contradictory, unreliable and incoherent. Know your place peasant! Do not question!

Dueling experts: “Covid booster shots: Scientists blast U.S. move as premature”

Scientists sharply criticized the Biden administration’s push to widely distribute Covid booster shots, saying the data provided by U.S. officials wasn’t compelling

Source: Covid booster shots: Scientists blast U.S. move as premature

This mixed messaging from “experts” lead to confusion. However, the Twitterati will tell you that if dueling and conflicting experts are confusing to you, then you are an uneducated, non-credentialed, right leaning, Bible-thumping Republican conservative from a Southern state who is probably a racist Nazi. So shut up. /Satire

No: “Can health insurance companies charge the unvaccinated higher premiums?”

Over the past two weeks I saw news reports quoting “experts” saying that people would be charged more for health insurance if they were not vaccinated.

This blew my brain injured mind – under the ACA, insurers can only vary premiums based on age, location and smoking status. Similarly, they cannot deny coverage based on a pre-existing condition (i.e. vaccination status).

Health insurers are a different story. A slew of state and federal regulations in the last three decades have heavily restricted their ability to use health factors in issuing or pricing polices. In 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act began prohibiting the use of health status in any group health insurance policy. And the Affordable Care Act, passed in 2014, prevents insurers from pricing plans according to health – with one exception: smoking status.

Source: Can health insurance companies charge the unvaccinated higher premiums? What about life insurers? 5 questions answered

Employers might be able to provide a “wellness incentive” deduction to those who are vaccinated. “Wellness incentives”, however, exist only in the group market and are not available to individuals (one of many ways that the ACA keeps costs higher for individuals).

Benton County Oregon orders mask use outdoors

Even fully vaccinated must wear masks outdoors. Because vaccines work! The public health messaging is so broken its well beyond a bonfire, it’s a full blown western fire conflagration burning down the country.

Benton County is going the governing one further.

Source: Benton County orders mask use outdoors | Local | democratherald.com

Benton County is a mostly rural county in west central Oregon.

It is a competition among government “leaders” to one up each other and show who is more tyrannical than the other. Adjacent jurisdictions doing completely different things – and no evidence that wearing random bits of cloth facial coverings outside will have impact on reducing disease spread.