Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) made Democrats go apoplectic on Tuesday when he announced he was establishing a new committee to analyze policy recommendations of federal health organizations — organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This committee would independently evaluate these agencies’ suggestions and recommendations and determine if they were in the best interests of Floridians.
This move comes after the many failures of the CDC during the pandemic. Dubbed the preeminent health organization of the country, the CDC was plagued by inconsistent and contradictory statements, undue political influences, and policy failures during the COVID-19 pandemic. DeSantis’s action creates an extra layer of analysis to help prevent similar systemic failures.
DeSantis said that the CDC “is not serving a useful function; it’s really serving to advance narratives rather than do evidence-based medicine.” He has every right to be skeptical of the agency, and more governors should follow his lead. The CDC has been problematic, and it is long overdue for the agency to be held accountable.
However, many on the Left have criticized this decision and said it is a cheap stunt designed to create division and further politicize science and medicine. However, if there is any division, critics should point their fingers at the CDC and all of its institutional failures since March 2020, not DeSantis. From its inconsistent messaging on masks and constant flip-flopping on safety protocols to its promotion of incorrect information that anyone who received a COVID-19 vaccine would not contract or spread the coronavirus, the CDC has shown itself to be inefficient and incompetent. Medical authoritarianism has ruled the land for far too long — challenging the CDC’s wayward authority is a step in the right direction.
The CDC’s ever-changing medical recommendations created chaos, ultimately leading to societal friction and mass confusion. Checks and balances are an integral part of our country. There’s no reason the CDC should be exempt from that, especially after its systemic failures. When the world was proclaiming “trust the science,” the CDC definitively showed why we shouldn’t.