On November 7th, 2013, members of the vaccine injury community held a briefing for congressional staffers to present many of the problems in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in preparation for hearings in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
The House Oversight Committee and Government Reform had been working closely with vaccine injury families since April 2013 to put together hearings on the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Although this briefing was held to educate congressional staffers on the issues surrounding the injustices of the VICP, it was also attended by the pharmaceutical lobby. The following week, vaccine interests launched an attack on these families and the hearings. Days later, the families were informed that the hearings were indefinitely postponed.
The Oversight Committee will not comment to a new date for the hearings.
Families believe that the pharmaceutical industry may have been successful in preventing the hearings altogether in order to prevent the public from learning of the corruption and inequities in the US Vaccine Program.
Speaking before the panel are Professor Mary Holland, Head of Graduate Legal Studies at NYU, and Rolf Hazelhurst, father in one of the test cases In the Omnibus Autism Proceeding, and Assistant District Attorney General, State of Tennessee, present the case against the VICP and call for reform.