A little-noticed bill in the Texas Legislature has drawn the attention—and the alarm—of health care professionals.
The measure’s supporters say the law would get rid of bureaucratic red tape and get help into the hands of patients who need it most. But the bill’s critics say it would only empower snake oil salesman, opening the door to charlatans who would promote “miracle cures” in order to make a quick buck on the backs of dying people.
The Texas House unanimously passed the bill earlier this month, after hearing tearful testimony from ill patients.
But Will Decker, a Houston immunologist and advocate for the terminally ill, has called the measure “the dirtiest, most corrupt, most transparently fraudulent bill I’ve ever seen in my life.”