2023 Year in review.
At the end of the year, we are all counting our blessings and looking ahead to the future. This year is no different. I wanted to be sure that we reviewed all the beautiful things our members have made possible in 2023.
It doesn’t seem possible that 2023 is over, and our next legislative session is right around the corner, but it is!
We have a lot to be proud of, Hoosiers!
Despite the relaxed atmosphere around COVID and many legislators claiming that COVID was “over,” we still had a strong representation of Medical Liberty bills in 2023. Or at least bills that were attempting to be Medical Liberty bills.
That may sound disappointing.
The carefree attitude carried by legislators over the issue was inconsistent with their behavior of filing “medical liberty” bills. This tells us that even though the legislature wants YOU to think it isn’t a big issue, they know it is!
If it weren’t a big deal, they wouldn’t have been working for “political immunization.”
Let’s just say that the attempts at “political immunization” were about as effective as the COVID vaccine…
On the flip side, we were proud to have helped draft SB 272 Requirements for foster families with the intent to end discrimination against unvaccinated foster and adoptive families.
SB272 made a meaningful change for Liberty.
Though the bill never got a committee hearing, the language made its way into another bill and is now part of the Indiana State Code.
Thanks to your hard work, Indiana foster and adoptive families can no longer be declined solely based on vaccination status.
Make no mistake, this is not about begging for an exemption, and this win was a victory for far more Hoosiers than for those seeking to become foster or adoptive parents.
It was a massive offensive victory!
Passing the language from SB272, without needing exemptions, set a precedent and paved the way for future legislation and the individual’s right to Bodily Integrity!!
See how it happened here. This wasn’t a straightforward battle. It was a direct result of persistence and perseverance. This is an important lesson as we keep pushing the boundaries to secure Bodily Integrity.
Scoring an offensive win with EVERYTHING you want doesn’t happen very often…
YOU DID THAT THIS YEAR!!! GREAT JOB!
You scored this massive offensive victory for medical liberty while playing extreme defense against SEA4, the Governor’s Public Health Commission.
If you remember, H4ML started sounding the alarm on the Governor’s Public Health Commission in 2022. If you don’t remember the awful plan they had intended, be sure to refresh your memory with this video.
We knew going in that the effort needed to simply DEFEND our liberty from tyrants was going to be our BIG fight for the year, and that it was.
Hoosiers, you walked their plans back through your persistence in contacting your legislators, county commissioners, and health departments.
Together, we drastically interrupted their plan for top-down control over your counties.
As you heard in the video above, they planned to make it impossible for counties to opt out of the program by changing the legally required services.
YOU STOPPED THAT!
They planned to turn you against your county officials through “reeducation campaigns.” These efforts would have made it a demand by the people and “YOUR FAULT” when the county commissioners opted in.
YOU STOPPED THAT!
We felt as though it would be a significant accomplishment to be able to have just ONE county opt-out.
At the end of the opt-in period, there were SIX counties, Crawford, Fountain, Harrison, Johnson, Wells, and Whitley, who rejected the excess public health funding!
This is a significant victory!
WHEN the next public health emergency occurs, these counties will not be bound by financial strings to follow tyrannical requirements by the Indiana State Department of Health as directed by the Federal Government or worse, The W.H.O.
Opting out once is not permanent.
The six counties listed above will face another opt-in period for 2025.
If they opt-in, there is an ever-present threat that they may be forced to comply or the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars EACH.
**Do not lose sight of this. We will revisit this later.
In addition to being engaged in this major fight against the public health commission and the enacting legislation SEA4, H4ML activists showed up for another critical defensive fight.
H4ML alerted Hoosiers about SB47 “vax-pass lite” and your swift calls and powerful testimony killed it.
“Vax-pass lite” would have added a “scannable code” to every account in the Indiana vaccine registry. May I remind you that participation in this registry is NOT voluntary?
Hoosiers have been added to this registry for years without their consent.
Worse yet, this bill would have violated a 2021 law that banned state-issued vaccine passports, and the authors still tried to press on. Check out how the story unfolded in these blog posts: one, two, three, four, & five.
Walking through that series of blog posts brings joy to my heart. I work diligently to make fighting for your medical liberty easy amidst your daily duties. Watching how it is laid out and transparent exemplifies the work we do at H4ML.
If I am being transparent, I must admit I was worried about what this past year would bring without champions like Representatives Curt Nisly and John Jacob.
It was a terrifying prospect, and many people have asked me about this.
It is easy to feel defeated and perhaps even helpless.
The legislative session was undoubtedly different than before, but without a doubt, it was successful.
We are still winning and making an impact on the legislature and health policy!
We cannot back down now, and here is the evidence of your effectiveness!
Did you know that Dr. Box, the Indiana Health Commissioner and a leader in the Governor’s Public Health Commission, retired this year?
Did you know that so far, THREE members of the House Public Health Committee have announced their retirement or resignation?
Representative Ann Vermilion resigned. Representative Donna Schaibley & Representative Denny Zent both decided they did not want to run for their seats again in 2024.
30% of the Republican members of the Public Health Committee are leaving their posts…
These retirees likely realize that YOU, grassroots activists, are not going anywhere.
They have experienced your dedication over the past three years and are likely terrified that you will be beating on their doors until we achieve Medical Liberty!
But they are not alone. We are seeing a mass exodus from the legislature, including seven house representatives and three senators.
This is a direct result of the grassroots groups rising and creating accountability for our elected.
Elected officials realize that the days of mindlessly following the lobbyists of BIG INDUSTRY and SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS are OVER.
Three years of tyrannical rule by Governor Holcomb and the blatant refusal by the Legislature to protect the citizens woke a sleeping GIANT.
Tyranny perpetrated by Holcomb and dereliction of duty by the legislature woke the once politically apathetic.
Shedding our apathy, we are now laser focused on ensuring that our rights are upheld and protected.
To do this Hoosiers must have Medical Liberty Champions in the state house.
These retirements are prime opportunities to get brave legislators into the statehouse.
Medical liberty-loving residents who want to see change should start talking with their friends and family. You never know who will be the next champion to jump into the political arena.
Counties with potential vacancies include:
If you or someone you know is considering running for office intending to preserve liberty, please reach out. Even if it is not in one of the above counties.
While H4ML doesn’t endorse, support, or oppose any political candidate, we have friendly organizations who would like to help you!
I know, without a doubt, that if we continue working together, we will see continued success in Indiana!
I am so very thankful to be able to work alongside such a fantastic group of people spanning across our entire state including individual activists and organizations.
We achieved these major legislative feats by working together. We have had several other non-legislative accomplishments as well.
In 2023 H4ML:
Thank you for your continued commitment to Medical Liberty.
We are so incredibly thankful for each and every one of you and wish you a wonderful new year!
Your H4ML Team
Ashley, Andrea, Becca, Julie, & Ashley.
Everyone agrees Public Health is important. We are not trying to insinuate that it shouldn’t be a priority. BUT IT IS NOT AN EXCUSE FOR FISCAL IRRESPONSIBILITY, A LACK OF TRANSPARENCY OR COMMON SENSE.
The purpose of SB4 is to centralize public health creating a top-down approach to ensure “consistent & equitable” public health measures across the country. The intent to use coercion to centralize public health power was clear in the snippets from the Governor’s Public Health Commission meeting on June 30th meeting found here.
Legislators claim counties “maintain their authority” while ignoring a gaping loophole. Funding is tied to administrative rules set by the State Department of Health. However the law already requires that the funding be spent on the core public health services. The clause requiring counties to follow administrative rules is unnecessary.
Senator Tyler Johnson attended the July 24th 2023 Dekalb commissioners meeting and admitted this was a concern. Especially because administrative rules may be changed, historically, we have seen the health department act with a “heavy hand.”
He admits that he voted in opposition of the bill, but disappointingly, he encouraged the County Commissioners to accept the funding.
Why would he ask the commissioners to vote yes, when he was unwilling to? When asked, his only response was that these are taxpayer dollars and that we shouldn’t refuse them.
Supporters of opting in crowed about the need for more funding with emotional pleas related to the underinsured and homeless. While access to care is a significant issue. Primary care and disease management are not the role of public health. Aligning under-insured with appropriate programs and resources is the solution, not replicating Medicaid programs. Public health is not about disease management, it is PREVENTION. Wittingly or not, their testimonies were proposing an expansion of Medicaid through the public health system. This is a slippery slope towards socialized medicine and bigger government. At present the U.S. spends significantly more than other developed countries and yet has the worst health outcomes. Is it logical to believe that throwing money at this problem will improve the situation?
Commissioners should do the fiscally responsible thing, opt out.
Give the state legislature an opportunity to fix this mess and ensure a responsible, sustainable, and transparent plan is in place and FREE of financial strings. The additional requirement of following administrative rules could only be for one thing. CONTROL.
Accepting this funding with the current requirements will render counties helpless against future lockdowns pushed by the state, federal and even global organizations.
You have two action items:
Here is a copy of the testimony I gave at the Dekalb County Commissioner's meeting. Feel free to email, read or print copies and share with your commissioners.
I would also like to correct something I said at the commissioners meeting today. I spoke on the amount of funding the county would receive. My calculations were wrong. Though I was reading "match" my brain interpreted it as "co-pay."
The funding listed on the "opt-in amount" is the amount the county will receive from the state and is IN ADDITION to, not including, the county match. That means the calculations I made on the spot were INCREDIBLY wrong.
The actual figures make the offer of additional funds nearly impossible to decline.
County health departments may see nearly a double in funding the first year and more the following years. One thing was clear, the specifics are not well laid out, the counties do not know their opt-in match nor can they provide specifics on the new budget totals.
This does not change the risk to liberty that these funds include. In fact, this information may add an additional level of concern. Clearly there is incredible motivation to ensure consistent, sustainable, and equitable public health measures.
I cannot place a price on freedom or our constitution, however not all feel the same way. We are definitely fighting an uphill battle but that does not mean we quit. We must keep fighting, we must push through.
Even if your county has opted in, GATHER YOUR NEIGHBORS and go tell the commission to opt out before receiving any funds.
SB4 will be heard on Tuesday April 11th in committee. There will not be any testimony. The committee will be amending and voting on the bill.
Your calls are imperative.
The previous committee claims that this bill protects county autonomy, however there are still many risks with this bill.
“SB4 was built with the intent to coerce public health centralization. Tax dollars will be haphazardly spent, without a plan to ensure a wise investment. The Public Health Overhaul is controversial & must go to summer study session. Vote No.“
Cherry & Thompson 317-232-9651
Barrett, Snow & Slager 317-234-2993
Smaltz & Prescott 317-234-9499
Clere (317) 232-9769
The committee is pretty big, if you wish to make additional calls please follow up below.
Ashley Grogg RN-MSN sharing insights, tips, and updates on Medical Liberty throughout the Hoosier state.