Senior Vaccine Discount: HHS Lawyer Warns Trump of Possible Legal Issue

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With Election day three weeks away, President Trump continues to aim his campaign to win the senior vote. Recently, a top lawyer from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has advised a warning that President Trump’s plans to provide a discount on a COVID-19 vaccine (once it is ready) could actually violate federal election law, thus negatively affecting his campaign.

HHS general counsel Robert Charrow was reported advising that Trump’s plan could open up the federal government and the Trump campaign to legal troubles. Charrow advised HHS officials to seek clearance from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to proceed with the plan, which is currently pending a review from the public integrity division of DOJ.

You can read the full report from Politico.

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Trump’s words

On Friday, October 16, President Trump first revealed his plan that would expedite delivery of a vaccine to seniors during a campaign rally in Florida. 

“I am deeply aware that America’s 54 million seniors have borne the heaviest burden of the China virus. Many older Americans have endured months of isolation, missing weddings, birthdays, graduations, church and family reunions. My message to America’s seniors today is one of optimism, confidence and hope. Your sacrifice has not been in vain. The light at the end of the tunnel is near. We are rounding the turn,” President Trump.

Vaccine promised to seniors first?

There is currently no vaccine for the coronavirus. There has been a proposed plan that would create a partnership between the government, Walgreens, and CVS to prioritize vaccine distribution to seniors once one is made available. 

“This is an adjunct to what other solutions may be, but this will be something that will be available to every nursing home and senior living facility in the country,” Paul Mango, HHS deputy chief of staff for policy.

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