Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) Gave a bizarre excuse not to disclose her vaccination status on Tuesday, which became quick fodder for social media memes.
The far-right lawmaker held a press conference after being temporarily suspended from Twitter for spreading misinformation about COVID-19, an activity she is accustomed to online and offline.
A reporter asked her if she had been vaccinated and if she agreed with House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Who announced this weekend that he had received his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine and was confident in the vaccine’s safety and efficacy.
Greene apparently didn’t want to share his own vaccination information. A vaccination ad, like Scalise’s, could encourage hesitant supporters to take the vaccine as the highly contagious delta variant spreads across the country.
“Your first question is a violation of my HIPAA rights,” Greene replied. “You see, with HIPAA rights, we don’t have to reveal our medical records and that also involves our immunization records.”
It’s not correct. HIPAA applies to medical providers, insurers, and other healthcare entities that have access to medical records. It gives individuals rights and limits on which entities can access their health information.
This does not prevent a reporter from asking you about your medical history. And that doesn’t stop anyone from saying if he’s been vaccinated.
But hey, if Greene can use it to dodge the questions, why can’t everyone?
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