For the record, I think we can assume that the actual number of vaccinations between Republicans and Democratic representatives is actually quite similar, since the number of those (including Senators and House representatives) publicly reported to have been infected. bows strongly (almost triple number) to Republicans, almost entirely because of their insistence on denying social distancing or using masks. If, for some reason, this is not the case, that would suggest that most Republicans as a group are either a.) Completely honest, delusional, or cognitively deficient, b.) Stubborn without thinking, or c.) Fear of revealing their status because of what their constituents would think.
If they were completely honest, delusional, or cognitively impaired, they would be likely to be telling the truth about their status (yes or no, or “planning” to be vaccinated), rather than refusing to answer, because either they would like to. that their constituents to be vaccinated, not to be vaccinated, otherwise it would not make any difference to them. They are therefore not “completely honest”, delusional or cognitively impaired.
If they were just stubborn, dyed in the wool, and truly believed that the COVID-19 pandemic was nothing but a ‘hoax,’ they would likely respond that they had not been vaccinated, because they would not want to encourage their constituents to vaccinate. That might be a reprehensible response, but at least it would be true. But those 145 people instead chose not to say whether they had been vaccinated – or not.
Finally, if they were just afraid to reveal their status, they would refuse to respond, which 145 of them did.
So it’s safe to assume that most if not all of these 145 Republicans are afraid to disclose their vaccinated or unvaccinated status. But by succumbing to this fear and refusing to reveal their status, they implicitly and deliberately place their own political interests above the lives of their constituents. Because otherwise, they would fall into category a.) Above.
This is the uniform excuse used by Republicans who refuse to answer:
“Isn’t that a violation of HIPAA?” Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene said when asked about her immunization status.
“I don’t know if I have to tell you this,” Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin said. “I’m not going to answer that.”
“It’s not appropriate,” replied Jason Smith, a Republican from Missouri, overhearing the question.
Later, when Smith was asked about his immunization status, he replied, “Your asking them for their medical information, I think that’s really unacceptable.”
Of course, HIPAA has nothing to do with this. As the CNN article points out, it is neither a violation of HIPAA nor a violation of their “privacy” to disclose whether or not you have been vaccinated: “HIPAA applies to healthcare providers. , who are not allowed to share personal health information. patients without consent, not to people who voluntarily share their information. “
These Republicans know it well. As public figures allegedly engaged to represent their constituents, in the face of a massive and deadly public health crisis, they have a civic duty, if not an obligation, out of basic human decency to respond with “yes” or “no”.
But that is clearly too much to ask of them.