Anti-vaccine cartoonist with ‘rough’ COVID case says he would ‘never’ go to hospital

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Ben Garrison, a popular right-wing cartoonist, said he has gone through a difficult time since contracting COVID-19, but would not seek treatment in a hospital because he believes providers of healthcare is motivated to let patients die.

Garrison, who has posted several anti-vaccine cartoons, and his wife, both in their 60s, have had COVID-19 for about two weeks, according to Gizmodo. The cartoonist told the store it was “rough” and he lost his sense of taste and smell, causing him to lose the urge to eat and lose 15 pounds. However, he does not intend to seek a medical provider.

“I would never go to a hospital with COVID. Robert David Steele did it a few weeks ago and they killed him. Hospitals are getting extra money for COVID death reports, which is needed to maintain fear, ”Garrison told Gizmodo.

Steele introduced himself as one of the first people to push the theory that COVID-19 was a hoax and was fiercely opposed to the COVID-19 vaccine. In his last blog post, published on August 17, Steele admitted that his lungs “weren’t working” but believed he would survive.

“This [has] was a near-death experience, very similar to a new death experience the whole country is going through right now. We’ll never be the same again because now we know we’ve all been lied to about everything, ”Steele wrote.

Steele denied that the pandemic was real in March 2020, posting on his blog that he believed it was part of a plan to oust former President Donald Trump from office. He wrote his last blog post from his hospital bed and after his death his friend, Mark Tassi, claimed that hospitals were “killing” people and advised Steele not to take the medication he was given. was giving.

Ben Garrison, a right-wing cartoonist, admitted he had a “rough” case of COVID-19 but would not seek hospitalization because he believed hospitals were motivated to kill their patients. A nurse enters the room of a COVID-19 patient inside the Adventist Health intensive care unit in Sonora, Calif. On August 27.
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The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) law adopted in March 2020, created a 20% premium for COVID-19 Medicare patients. Senator Scott Jensen said the increase in payments for COVID-19 patients could prompt hospitals to list patients as having had COVID-19 before their death to receive more Medicare money. He denied accusing doctors of “playing with the system,” but said administrators or other health system officials could be motivated to tie a diagnosis of COVID-19 to patients.

Joseph Antos, a health care researcher at the American Enterprise Institute, told Politifact it was “reasonable” for Medicare to increase payments for patients on ventilators because they need more care than anyone else. one who is not “so sick”. Antos added that there was “no scandal”.

While hospitals receive additional payments for treating COVID-19 patients, the financial benefit is based on the services provided, not on deaths, so there is no financial incentive for healthcare providers to kill. patients, as conspiracy theorists have suggested.

In his mid-60s, Garrison could be considered at high risk of developing serious illness from COVID-19 and he acknowledged that young people “tend to bounce back faster”, but he and his wife don’t feel “a little better ”after two weeks.

Instead of seeking medical attention, he told Gizmodo they were taking ivermectin, a pest control drug that is not approved by the FDA for COVID-19, and various vitamins. He also does not intend to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“We will never take their infectious advanced protein-producing jabs, which are neither safe nor effective. They are not real vaccines. They are gene therapies,” Garrison said.

News week contacted Ben Garrison for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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