NCAC Condemns Trump Administration Censorship of CDC

NCAC Condemns Trump Administration Censorship of CDC

Policy analysts with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were told during a meeting Thursday that they couldn't use the words "vulnerable", "entitlement", "diversity", "transgender", "fetus", "evidence-based" and "science-based", The Washington Post reported Friday.

The seven words and phrases being banned by the Trump administration are "diversity", "fetus", "transgender", "vulnerable", "entitlement", "science-based" and "evidence-based". For instance, in lieu of "evidence-based" or "science-based", an analyst might say, "CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes", the source said. Just like Kellyanne Conway created "alternative facts", the Trump administration reportedly had a list of "alternative phrases" to use.

For example, Health and Human Services (HHS), which oversees CDC, no longer asks questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in two surveys of American seniors. As the Post noted, the list of banned words is likely in use at other agencies managed by the Health and Human Services administration, though according to Stat News, the Food and Drug Administration has denied it is in effect there. "But we know that the signal to the agency is much stronger than that".

It was very much, 'Are you serious?

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An unnamed analyst who attended the meeting was quoted by the Post as saying: "In my experience, we've never had any push from an ideological standpoint". A participant in the meeting told the Post that Kelly said the words could not be used in documents that are sent to Congress and CDC partners. "HHS will continue to use the best scientific evidence available to improve the health of all Americans".

"The assertion that HHS has "banned words" is a complete mischaracterization of discussions regarding the budget formulation process", an agency spokesperson, Matt Lloyd, said in an email.

There will be nothing "science based" in budget documents from the nation's top public health agency next year. "HHS also strongly encourages the use of outcome and evidence data in program evaluations and budget decisions".

Critics of the administration, including Rep. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), slammed the move and accused the White House of making an "authoritarian" attempt to politicize the CDC and "silence" the work of scientists.

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