State Representative Dawn Keefer isn’t a doctor, but she plays one in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Well, she’s trying to anyhow.
Keefer, 48, is serving her third term in the State House representing the 92nd Legislative District, which includes portions of York and Cumberland Counties. She’s safely ensconced in a solid red seat with a district comprised of 61% Republicans, 14% Independents, and only 25% Democrats, giving Keefer the freedom to act like a complete and total piece of garbage. And rest assured, she isn’t letting the opportunity pass her by.
Need proof? In addition to acting like Marjorie Taylor Greene on crystal meth, Dawn Keefer is also Secretary of the House Committee on Health. It sounds like an excellent choice if the goal of the Health Committee is to kill people needlessly to win points with the lowest common denominator of Pennsylvanians.
Last week Keefer introduced HB 1741, also known as the “Coronavirus Infection Medication Act.” The bill sounds harmless enough on its surface, reflecting the Republicans’ expertise at making horrible sound downright responsible. Here is the text of the co-sponsorship memo:
I will be introducing legislation to allow for the prescribing and dispensing of off-label drugs approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration to treat Coronavirus infections causing respiratory-syndrome-related illnesses.
Specifically, my legislation would allow prescribers to prescribe and require a pharmacist to dispense a therapeutic drug approved by the United States FDA so long as it is in accordance with a prescription drug order and with the patient’s consent. In addition, my legislation will allow for drugs such as hydroxychloroquine sulfate and ivermectin to be used at home or early-stage outpatient or hospital inpatient for individuals who wish to treat coronavirus infections causing respiratory-syndrome-related illnesses.
In a nutcase, Keefer wants to make it easier for COVID patients to get off-label drugs that we know have no ability to treat COVID, specifically hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin. She even managed to get seven of her Republican colleagues to sign on to this insanity:
What the actual hell is wrong with this woman?
We all know about hydroxychloroquine, which had its emergency authorization from the FDA pulled on June 15, 2020, after “results from a large, randomized clinical trial in hospitalized patients that found these medicines showed no benefit for decreasing the likelihood of death or speeding recovery. This outcome was consistent with other new data, including those showing the suggested dosing for these medicines are unlikely to kill or inhibit the virus that causes COVID-19.”
On July 1, 2020, the FDA went even further, warning of “reports of serious heart rhythm problems and other safety issues, including blood and lymph system disorders, kidney injuries, and liver problems and failure.”
I wasn’t familiar with ivermectin, the other drug mentioned in the co-sponsorship memo, so I turned to Google. Here is literally the first thing that popped up:
It turns out that ivermectin is used to treat parasites in both people and animals and isn’t anti-viral at all. I’m no scientist, but the odds of treating a deadly virus with a drug probably go way down when the drug cannot fight viruses.
Those socialist quacks at the FDA have this to say:
Here’s What You Need to Know about Ivermectin
- FDA has not approved ivermectin for use in treating or preventing COVID-19 in humans. Ivermectin tablets are approved at very specific doses for some parasitic worms, and there are topical (on the skin) formulations for head lice and skin conditions like rosacea. Ivermectin is not an anti-viral (a drug for treating viruses).
- Taking large doses of this drug is dangerous and can cause serious harm.
- If you have a prescription for ivermectin for an FDA-approved use, get it from a legitimate source and take it exactly as prescribed.
- Never use medications intended for animals on yourself. Ivermectin preparations for animals are very different from those approved for humans.
Can you imagine the poor person at the FDA who has probably worked their butt off for years only to spend their days warning people in red hats not to take horse parasite medicine? Yikes.
To be clear, zero evidence exists that these drugs are effective in treating COVID. There is, however, evidence showing that these drugs can be fatal if taken improperly. So why in the f*ck would we want to make it easier to get them in the hands of people suffering from COVID? We’re talking about patients who refuse to get vaccinated, so it’s not like they’re equipped to make solid decisions regarding their own health to begin with.
Even worse, Keefer’s legislation lends legitimacy to the insane notion that these drugs are effective despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. So why is Dawn Keefer writing this legislation? Is she brazenly pandering to the Trump political base, or does she know someone with a warehouse full of off-label hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin they need to unload? Either way, it’s an immoral and unconscionable act by a public figure that demands accountability.
To be fair, we should look at Keefer’s other legislation. And then there’s HB 1225 (also known as the COVID Freedom Act, with 31 co-sponsors), which would strip the government’s ability to issue stay-at-home public health orders. The bill also prevents any private business from refusing service to anyone who has not been vaccinated, which isn’t even constitutionally legal. She even threatened to withhold funds from local school districts that required out-of-district prom dates to be vaccinated.
And just to show she’s not limited in her hate and ignorance, she also wrote HB972 (also known as the Save Women’s Sports Act), which bans transgender girls from scholastic sports.
Oh, wait. That wasn’t helpful at all. But wait, there’s more.
She also sponsored HR8, a resolution seeking to ignore the will of the people and allow the state legislature to appoint presidential electors under the theory that “the November 3, 2020, Pennsylvania General Election to appoint electors of President and Vice President was unlawful, void ab initio and invalid.”
In summary, Dawn Keefer is hot garbage, both as a State Representative and a human being, and should be treated accordingly.
One question is whether Keefer came up with this “idea” on her own or was it “suggested” by a donor? She’s taken money from Value Drug Company PAC, the PA Pharmacists Association, drug manufacturer Eli Lilly, and more. The woman loves Big Pharma as much as she loves
freedom making parasitic horse medicine available for human consumption.
Another question is whether healthcare sector donors should continue to line Keefer’s campaign coffers. A quick look at her campaign finance reports shows past donations from Capital Blue PAC, Pennsylvania Medical Society, Highmark PAC, Geisinger Health PAC, PA Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, PA Emergency Physicians PAC, and more.
Are these organizations really comfortable supporting a legislator so willfully ignorant of medical science? Or will they continue to tacitly support nutjobs like Dawn Keefer by looking the other way and writing a check because Republicans are in the legislative majority?
And that’s the point. Dawn Keefer cares about precisely two things: the support of the hard-right political base and the ability to raise money from political action committees funded by working professionals in various fields. As long as Keefer can do both with zero consequences, she will continue to do so, putting the people she swore to protect in potentially mortal danger.
We will never win the war on misinformation if the misinformers are funded by the informed. It’s like the United States trying to win the war on terror by financing Al Queda, and if it sounds like I’m comparing Dawn Keefer and her ilk to terrorists, then you’re not wrong. Based on their actions, the only distinction is foreign versus domestic.
There is one silver lining to Keefer’s proposal to make ivermectin, a drug designed to fight parasites, widely available. Maybe we can find a way to give a horse-sized dose to the State Legislature and rid Pennsylvania of parasites like Dawn Keefer once and for all.
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