US Taxpayers Forced to Pay $3 Billion for Damages in Vaccine Lawsuits — Not the Drug Companies

taxpayer-nvicpBy Matt Agorist

In 2007, the US taxpayers were told that they were responsible for the negligent actions of several large banking institutions. They were told that in order to prevent “complete and utter chaos” from a banking collapse they must give the banking cartels hundreds of billions of dollars to “bail them out.” Despite an overwhelming majority of the public opposing this action, it was passed with bipartisan support in a matter of hours.

The public was furious after being told that they are being personally held liable for the irresponsible acts of megabanks — and there was nothing that they could do about it.

As so-called conservatives blast the welfare system for the negative incentives created by these programs, they remain conveniently silent when it’s huge and corrupt corporations on the receiving end of that welfare. From banking to farming to health care — megacorporations suckle from the teat of government at the taxpayers expense and the politicians in D.C. facilitate all of it.

The problem with government subsidies for irresponsible acts by businesses is that it encourages careless behavior. One particular corporate welfare program has cost the U.S. taxpayers over three billion since its inception in 1988.

Knowing the undesirable effects of such “safety nets” provided through extortion of the populace to large corporations, one should avoid such scenarios. This is especially true in relation to the medical industry. Imagine, if you will, the disturbing scenario that would be possible if doctors were not held responsible for malpractice. The very threat of litigation for one’s negligence creates the incentive to act responsibly.

However, a certain sect of the medical industry gets a pass — just like the banking cartels are deemed “too big to fail” so are the vaccine manufacturers. In 1988, largely due to vaccine makers lobbying the government to alleviate their responsibility, The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) was established.

After an uptick in lawsuits in the late ’80s, the vaccine manufacturers essentially held the government hostage and threatened to stop making vaccines unless the government took on responsibility for vaccine injury lawsuits — and NVICP did just that.

You can actually prove that you or your child were harmed from a vaccine yet the vaccine maker is completely shielded from liability. Even if you are awarded monetary compensation through the NVICP, the taxpayers are put on the line, NOT the vaccine makers. This removal of liability has created the incentive to turn out new vaccines with very little testing, as the companies don’t have to worry about financial hardships for injuring people, which in turn has shaped the situation that we find ourselves in today. In the last 2 decades, we’ve witnessed a near 300% increase in the number of CDC recommended vaccines.

It is no question that the subject of vaccines is profoundly controversial. On both sides of the argument exist truths and lies that can hinder the ability of some to make rational decisions.

While we have everyone from attorneys to biologists, to political scientists who write for the Free Thought Project, none of us are doctors, so we do not make recommendations about what you and your family should do in regards to vaccination. 

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) receives around 30,000 reports annually, with 13% classified as serious (e.g., associated with disability, hospitalization, life-threatening illness or death) according to the CDC VAERS Master Search Tool.

Since its first year in action, NVICP has paid out $3,380,139,357.37 with $141,556,311.67 going to attorney’s fees, according to the latest report by the Health Resources and Service Administration. The last six years alone are responsible for 30 percent of all payouts, indicating a sharp increase in the amount of petitioner’s awards.

Since 1988, over 17,028 petitions have been filed with the VICP. Over that 27 year time period, 14,602 petitions have been adjudicated, with 4,687 of those determined to be compensable, while 9,915 were dismissed. Total compensation paid over the life of the program is approximately $3.3 billion, according to HRSA.

While vaccine injuries are particularly rare, the fact remains that they happen. Also, according to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the number of adverse reactions is underreported.

VAERS data are limited by underreporting and unknown sensitivity of the reporting system, making it difficult to compare adverse event rates following vaccination reported to VAERS with those from complications following natural disease.

Removing anyone or any company’s liability for their negligence has significant impacts on the way they will make decisions. Just like taxpayers are held responsible for police misconduct and nothing changes, when vaccine makers pass the buck to the taxpayer — again, nothing changes.

If a corporation does not have to assess the risks associated with negligence, then that corporation will be incentivized to ultimately foster carelessness — this cause and effect of negative incentive is basic economics.

The only way a vaccine maker can be held liable is if willful misconduct can be shown to have caused injury, meaning vaccine makers have to actually be caught knowingly causing harm. What this does is actually provides negative incentive to test a vaccine for safety, because if they are aware of problems before the vaccine is launched, then they could potentially be held liable instead of the taxpayers.

Matt Agorist is the co-founder of TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared. He is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world.


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  • Ruby

    Did you know that the Vaccine industry pays people to lie online and attack people who have vaccine damaged kids and stuff? I couldn’t believe it at first but it’s so obvious now. These creeps PRETENDING to be legitimate Scientists are being payed to ADVERTISE VACCINES and they’re really mean people too! They say mean things to people who have suffered. And they’re totally Fake people!

    I’m new to technology and social media, so maybe this is common knowledge but if it’s not, we need to make sure people know this. It should be illegal! I’m appalled!

  • Health Fitness Cafe

    They called internet trolls. They are not fake people. They are horrible low-life slime who are paid by corporations (vaccine, chemical, drug, etc.) to start arguments, write lies, and upset Real people! Some people will do anything for money. Most of the time it is easy to pick them out.

  • barbarakelly

    This is par for the coarse. It seems we are paying for everything.!!!

  • Wm Craig barnard

    Reports have surfaced that there is a secrete deep pocked fund to pay out these claims. Note that you never hear about the payouts from recipients. Damages are paid through the fund in a private or secrete court where no media can participate.

    It is said the corporations were required to place billions in the fund for potential payouts, however this article adds another layer of which we should all be concerned. How was the fund funded? Does the Government through (grants) fund the account of the big pharma’s? It would take a very industrious investigative reporter lots and time and great effort to find out and may never be able to ultimately unless they can get copies of back room discussions where the funds are requested and an agreement made to fund some bogus research that never does anything bt take money.

  • CAWS

    The way it has always been paid for is a tax on every vaccine of $1.25 that goes into govt fund for VAERS. [$3.75 for trivalent shots]. Your tax dollars are funding large guaranteed purchases of vaccines by govt for distribution ; yet there has been no audit or transparency of where the money has gone lo these last 40 years. Requests have been submitted but no answers. By the math it has been WAY more than the 3 billion awarded in vaccine court.

  • The program and vaccine court started in 88, are you saying that the tax preceded the program? I never really looked into it and allows assumed the tax came about because of these unconstitutional program.

  • CAWS

    It began with the program then they blackmailed Congress by threatening to discontinue making vaccines because they were not profitable [and because they were losing in court]. Vaccine companies are exempt from any & all litigation as are doctors & hospitals & pharmacies. The VAERS awards come from the “fee” [tax] attached to every vaccine sold. Of course the govt stockpiles these vaccines as Big Pharma won’t make them unless the have guaranteed minimum orders. So the taxpayer gets screwed 3 times. Govt subsidies, VAERS fees and then at the doctors office at the end of a needle that they now want to FORCE everyone to take.

  • I should have said i never really looked into when the tax started, I am however well aware of the stuff you mentioned. Very shady stuff that, to me, should be the smoking gun for anyone looking into the safety of vaccines. I mean, if the industry needed to be protected from liability because they were being sued so much it is a pretty good sign that the injuries happen far more than the industry and their shills claim.

  • Di

    The same with the monsanto trolls.

  • Kiwimommy

    Autism is now 1 in every 45 children. This is insanity. Hundreds of thousands of parents have the same exact story, healthy perfectly normal developing child, receives multiple vaccines in one day and crashes, fevers, rashes, convulsions and then they never recover. A new reality that is eventually diagnosed as autism. Autism is vaccine damage. You want to talk about hitting the taxpayers….90% of these kids will need care, 24/7 fir the rest of their lives. They are already impacting social security as the first wave of the epidemic is already aging into adulthood.
    Wonder what will become mandatory for the greater good when as a nation we cannot afford to care for those damaged by vaccine mandates. I shudder to think what is coming.
    No one is preparing for this tsunami of damaged children.

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