OK, so you’re complying with Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for health workers. You’re in the clear, right? Not according to Ochsner Health, the largest health system in Louisiana. In a move that is questionable at best, Ochsner has elected to fine employees with unvaccinated spouses hundreds of dollars a month.

“The reality is the cost of treating COVID-19, particularly for patients requiring intensive inpatient care, is expensive, and we spent more than $9 million on COVID care for those who are covered on our health plans over the last year,” CEO of Ochsner Health, Warner Thomas, told NOLA

The charges are rather steep — $200 per month if the employee’s spouse, who is an American who is supposed to have the freedom to make their own healthcare choices and is not in any way involved in the work, does not get the jab. Thomas says it’s not a mandate, however, because employees are free to use another health plan not provided by the company for which they work. “This is not a mandate as non-employed spouses and domestic partners can choose to select a health plan outside of Ochsner Health offerings,” Thomas says. Sound nuts? Of course it is:

This shameless attempt to use the pandemic — and vaccines — to squeeze money out of hardworking employees is disgusting. But it’s something that we are sure to see more of as time goes on. The only way to stop this is to elect more men and women like Florida’s Ron DeSantis, who has taken a strong stance against COVID mandates that are ruining America.

The election in 2022 is important. While it’s not as glamorous as the 2024 presidential election, it’s important to show up and elect new leadership at every level. Remember: mayors and governors can also impose small-scale tyranny.

When Democrats began demanding that businesses close down for the COVID-19 pandemic, they were warned that they were effectively signing the death warrants of mom and pop shops and other vulnerable organizations. But thanks to the uproar, millions across the country found themselves laid off with their places of employment shuttered. Now, 60 percent of businesses that closed for COVID are permanently gone despite all-too-late reopening efforts.

On Wednesday, Yelp released its Economic Impact Report, which showed the impact restrictive and draconian COVID measures had on businesses — and it’s not good. CNBC reports:

As of Aug. 31, some 163,735 businesses have indicated on Yelp that they have closed. That’s down from the 180,000 that closed at the very beginning of the pandemic. However, it actually shows a 23% increase in the number of closures since mid-July.

In addition to monitoring closed businesses, Yelp also takes into account the businesses whose closures have become permanent. That number has steadily increased throughout the past six months, now reaching 97,966, representing 60% of closed businesses that won’t be reopening. 

“Overall, Yelp’s data shows that business closures have continued to rise with a 34% increase in permanent closures since our last report in mid-July,” Justin Norman, vice president of data science at Yelp, told CNBC.

Yes, you read that right — 6 out of every 10 businesses that closed due to the pandemic won’t be opening their doors again. Norman says that “home, local, professional and automotive services have been able to withstand the effects of the pandemic better than other industries,” but everyone else is suffering.

We warned Democrats that this would happen, but that didn’t stop Fauci, Pelosi, and the rest of the leftist “cancel America” squad from insisting that we handle things in the worst way possible. Now, COVID is still killing people every day — but the biggest victim may be the American economy.

A newly-unclassified report summary from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence states that there is ‘modern confidence’ COVID came from a Wuhan lab. This theory has been discounted by Democrats and the media, who laughed at the completely plausible idea that the virus which ravaged the world escaped from a lab in China. But, it appears, we (and Trump) were right.

“One IC element,” the report says, “assesses with moderate confidence that the first human infection with SARS-CoV-2 most likely was the result of a laboratory-associated incident, probably involving experimentation, animal handling, or sampling by the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

The classified version of the report Joe Biden received seems to be pretty jarring. Biden, who originally discounted the “lab” theory and eventually ordered a full investigation into COVID-19’s origins, released a statement on Friday that seems to indicate the seriousness of the situation.

“Critical information about the origins of this pandemic exists in the People’s Republic of China,” Biden says. “Yet from the beginning, government officials in China have worked to prevent international investigators and members of the global public health community from accessing it. To this day, the PRC continues to reject calls for transparency and withhold information.”

“The world deserves answers, and I will not rest until we get them. Responsible nations do not shirk these kinds of responsibilities to the rest of the world,” he continues. “Pandemics do not respect international borders, and we all must better understand how COVID-19 came to be in order to prevent further pandemics.”

It’s unclear if the virus was released accidentally or if something more insidious was at play. But one thing is certain: China will one day have to answer for what they did to the world.

Mask mandates. Vaccine mandates. Both of those ideas seem intrusive and crazy. In fact, they are intrusive and crazy. It might even seem like no one can go farther than excluding people from important aspects of society because they aren’t wearing a mask or haven’t had a needle jammed in their arms. Enter Australia, which is opening concentration camps for COVID.

This might sound like a sick joke, but “Down Under,” they are plotting to lock people up if they come down with COVID — and the only way to escape is to get vaccinated. CLG News reports:

Construction is under way at Melbourne’s Centre for National Resilience — the unwieldy name given to the new quarantine facility in Mickleham — with the camp set to open by the end of the year. A community engagement session was held earlier this week on progress of the fast-tracked 1000-bed accommodation site for returning travellers, however residents were told that builders would not be delayed by any consultation process. Earthworks have begun at an empty paddock in Melbourne’s north, which sits next to the federal government’s pet quarantine facility and is about 300 metres from homes… The centre can be extended to 3000 beds but will be operational as soon as 500 are ready later this year.

As we speak, Australian police and military are rounding up people who test positive for COVID. For now, they are being tossed into hotels. But soon, this single camp will be able to hold 3,000 people for “mandatory quarantine accommodation.” And the “golden ticket to freedom” according to health officials will be the COVID vaccine. It’s bad. Really bad.

It’s so bad down there that even children are being pepper sprayed for not wearing masks:

According to the Australian government, which sent letters to people’s homes, the quarantine concentration camps will “improve compliance” with mandates and “change attitudes.”

This may seem crazy and you might think it couldn’t happen here, but the CDC is already drawing up similar plans.

With Democrats in control and vaccine and mask mandates becoming more common, we can expect this threat to reach our shores if they are not stopped. Watch this video of Australian police rounding people up below:

Washed-up actor and failed governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has a message for you if you make your own choices regarding your personal health: ‘Screw your freedom.” As Americans, we have the right to choose whether or not to wear a mask when we go out. Sure, liberals try to shame us and the Biden Administration is straight-up throwing people in jail if they don’t wear a mask on White House and Capitol grounds. And sure, some states are implementing mask mandates again. But the reality is that Americans can decide for themselves whether or not to wear a mask. But to the former Governor of California — a state that recently implemented a vaccine mandate for state and healthcare workers — freedom shouldn’t exist.

“I think people should know there is a virus here, it kills people,” Schwarzenegger says in a recent CNN appearance. “And the only way we prevent it is we get vaccinated, we wear masks, we do social distancing, washing your hands all of the time, and not just to think about, ‘Well, my freedom is being kind of disturbed here.’ No, screw your freedom. Because with freedom comes obligations and responsibilities.”

“You cannot say, ‘No one is going to tell me that I’m going to stop here, that I have to stop at this traffic light here. I’m going to go right through it.'” he says, illogically comparing a fashion choice with traffic laws. “Then you kill someone else, and then it is your doing.”

“We have to come together rather than fighting and always just saying, ‘According to my principles this is a free country and I have the freedom to wear no mask,'” he adds. “Yeah, you have the freedom to wear no mask, but you know something? You’re a schmuck for not wearing a mask.”

Sorry, Arnold. COVID has a tiny chance of killing most people. We have the freedom to choose — “my body my choice, right? — whether or not to wear a mask. And no one is going to take that freedom away. Watch it below:

With the U.S. Government’s rush to get everyone vaccinated, one might be led to believe that vaccines mean a return to normalcy. After all, that’s the messaging that has been shoved down our throats. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now say this is not the case after 756 percent of people who were infected in a Massachusetts COVID outbreak were vaccinated.

The Associated Press reports that fully vaccinated people who catch COVID carry just as much of the virus as unvaccinated people — which leads to a chance to spread the virus, especially if they throw caution to the wind and act irresponsibly:

Researchers ran tests on a portion of them and found roughly the same level of virus in those who were fully vaccinated and those who were not.

Three-quarters of the infections were in fully vaccinated individuals. Among those fully vaccinated, about 80% experienced symptoms with the most common being cough, headache, sore throat, muscle aches and fever.

Dagenais said he started to feel ill the evening he returned home and initially chalked it up to long nights of partying in packed Provincetown nightclubs.

But as the days wore on and the fever, chills, muscle aches and fatigue set in, he knew it was something more.

In the report, the measure researchers used to assess how much virus an infected person is carrying does not indicate whether they are actually transmitting the virus to other people, said Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the University of Saskatchewan.

CDC officials say more data is coming. They are tracking breakthrough cases as part of much larger studies that involve following tens of thousands of vaccinated and unvaccinated people across the country over time.

Many have chosen not to get vaccinated for health reasons, because of allergies, or because they have a religious or philosophical objection. While the Massachusetts incident may serve to some as an indicator that more people need to be vaccinated, they can also remind us that we still don’t know a lot about these vaccines. They have not yet received full FDA approval and are associated with numerous, sometimes deadly, side effects. And we have clearly been lied to about how well they protect the population.

A Los Angeles school district is forcing kids to undergo weekly COVID testing as Coronamania once again sweeps the nation. As you know, Washington is now arresting people who dare step inside the Capitol or White House without a mask. State and healthcare workers in California are being forced to get vaccinated or lose their jobs. This could extend to other businesses. Now, the Los Angeles Unified School District will require weekly testing for both students and staff regardless of vaccination status.

Democrat darling Dr. Anthony Fauci says that mask mandates may make a comeback nationwide. While some states have taken steps to protect Americans, many — especially Blue states — remain vulnerable to government overreach. California is one of those states.

California ABC affiliate KABC reports that the Los Angeles Unified School District announced Thursday that al students and staff are required to undergo inconvenient and humiliating rounds of testing if they want to step foot in the building — regardless of their individual vaccination status:

In a policy shift, the Los Angeles Unified School District on Thursday announced it will require all students and district employees returning to in-person activities for the upcoming academic year to undergo “baseline and ongoing weekly COVID-testing,” regardless of their vaccination status.

The district had previously required such testing only for those who are unvaccinated.

“This is in accordance with the most recent guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health,” LAUSD Interim Superintendent Megan K. Reilly wrote in a message to the district community. “Baseline testing begins on Monday, August 2.”

Current vaccinations provide adequate protection against COVID-19 and the new Delta variant, which is sweeping through Democrat-run California. While they don’t keep people from getting sick entirely, they do prevent them from becoming seriously ill or dying from the illness. So it’s strange that vaccinated people would have to be tested.

“Los Angeles Unified continues to collaborate with our health partners at the county and state levels, as well as our panel of medical experts and university partners and we review updates to county, state, and federal guidance on a daily basis,” Reilly says, apparently unaware that medical experts say vaccinations provide enough protection and that testing everyone is a waste of time and resources.

But this isn’t about safety. It’s about conditioning Americans to accept being poked, jabbed, and swabbed whenever the government wants.

Get ready because Democrats want to bring back masks. You may have thought getting vaccinated against COVID-19 would prevent you having to wear a mask. That’s what we were told, right? But Dr. Anthony Fauci says that this isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, he says he is part of discussions regarding forcing Americans to go back to wearing masks regularly.

During an appearance on CNN, Fauci told Jake Tapper that the Biden Administration is considering forcing everyone to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.

“Do you think masks should be brought back for vaccinated Americans?” Tapper asked.

“This is under active consideration,” Fauci replied. “Yes, I am part of the discussion.” Forbes reports:

These discussions are happening as the country is seeing more than 40,000 new cases of coronavirus infections a day, a 263% increase in just the past month.

Wearing face coverings can be a contentious issue in the states that would benefit the most from mask mandates, and they tend to be the same states where vaccination hesitancy is greatest.

In the five states with the highest rates of Covid infection, less than half the population is fully vaccinated.

But vaccinations may not matter if Fauci and the Democrats have their way. Soon, they want us to return to closed businesses, maskless people being kicked out of stores and harassed, and a failing economy. Some states have taken steps to prevent mask requirements. But not all are on board with protecting the population from government overreach. Unfortunately, we may soon be back to the hell that was 2020. Watch the video below:

Democrats have been heavily pushing mask mandates — something most Americans oppose. While we aren’t there yet, President* Joe Biden says that the CDC will be taking a major step toward implementing them — and they will be using our kids to do it. According to Biden, the CDC will force unvaccinated schoolkids to wear masks.

No COVID-19 vaccine has received full FDA approval yet. At this point, they are available thanks to emergency authorization but many don’t trust injecting their children (or themselves) with them at this point. Some have religious or philosophical reasons. Others have allergies. Currently, the minimum age for vaccination is 12. But the CDC, Biden says, will punish kids for being under age 12 or for not getting the jab.

“The CDC is going to say that what we should do is, everyone under the age of 12 should probably be wearing a mask in school,” Biden said during a Wednesday town hall on fake news CNN. “That’s probably what’s going to happen. Secondly, those over the age of 12 who are able to get vaccinated — if you’re vaccinated, you shouldn’t wear a mask, if you aren’t vaccinated, you should be wearing a mask.”

“It’s a matter of community responsibility and I think you’re going to see it work through,” Biden told the audience.

Recently, a 13-year-old died in his sleep after getting injected with the COVID-19 vaccine. Thee CDC says that it’s “premature” to assume that a perfectly healthy young teenager died in his sleep because of the vaccine. WFLA reports:

“The investigation as to whether there is a correlation between his death and vaccination is now at the federal level with CDC,” the Saginaw County Health Department said in a statement. “Meanwhile, the health department continues to encourage families to speak with their physicians to weigh their own risks and benefits of vaccination.”

The boy’s family said an autopsy showed his heart was enlarged when he died and had fluid around it.

“We are currently looking at toxicology, tissue reports, blood work,” Dr. Russell Bush, the medical examiner for Saginaw County, said. “There will be discussions with the CDC and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Obviously, everyone is concerned with this case. We’re doing everything we can as far as testing and looking at potential problems related to the young man’s death.”

There have also been instances of heart complications in children who receive the vaccine as well as numerous other reported adverse side effects. Nevertheless, Biden and his CDC want parents to know that if they don’t inject their kids with this vaccine, they will do all they can to make their and their children’s lives harder. Watch it below:

The FDA has granted emergency authorization to COVID-19 vaccines, but full approval may be some time off. With Democrats talking about vaccine mandates and actively excluding the unvaccinated from society, the latest FDA COVID announcement reminds us that vaccines still need to be studied: The Johnson and Johnson vaccine can increase risk of a rare nerve disorder.

Many are choosing to wait to get vaccinated until the vaccines can be fully studied. Some have reservations about ingredients, health risks, religious reasons to abstain, and more. But all Democrats talk about is forcing those people to get stuck with a needle. What they don’t want to talk about is the side effects.

The left-leaning New York Times reports that the Johnson and Johnson vaccine can increase one’s chances of developing Guillain–Barré syndrome. This disorder causes the immune system to attack healthy nerves. GBS can cause a variety of issues from mild pain or weakness to a complete inability to breathe on one’s own. Scientists don’t know yet exactly what causes GBS, but the FDA says that the J&J vaccine can greatly increase risk by up to 500 percent:

Although regulators have found that the chances of developing the condition are low, they appear to be three to five times higher among recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine than among the general population in the United States, according to people familiar with the decision. The warning was attached to fact sheets about the vaccine for providers and patients.

Federal officials have identified 100 suspected cases of Guillain-Barré among recipients of Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose shot through a federal monitoring system that relies on patients and health care providers to report adverse effects of vaccines. Ninety-five percent of those cases were considered serious and required hospitalization, the Food and Drug Administration said. The reports are preliminary.

In a statement, the agency said that while “the available evidence suggests an association” between the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and increased risk of Guillain–Barré syndrome, “it is insufficient to establish a causal relationship.”

The FDA says it  “continues to find the known and potential benefits clearly outweigh the known and potential risks” of COVID vaccines.

As we learn the risks of the COVID-19 vaccines, we need to consider that Democrats are trying to force them on us. Getting vaccinated should always be a personal decision made based on a consideration of the risks versus the benefits.