Bill Maher once again ruffled leftist feathers on his show “Real Time on HBO” Friday night, stating that it’s crazy that drugs such as Ivermectin are used as political fodder as he discussed drug maker Merck’s new pill for the virus.
“One of the problems is you’ve written so eloquently about is that we have politicized medication now. I mean, Ivermectin…Ivermectin. It’s a drug. It’s not a politician. It should not have any reputation, except does it work or not,” Maher told Matt Taibbi and Katherine Mangu-Ward. He claimed his premise was “completely non-controversial.”
“Like on the left, it was like, Oh no, you can’t even mention it,” Maher added. “And of course, the comedians on the left would only talk about the fact that it was used to deworm horses, leaving out that it’s been prescribed millions of times for humans now.”
Taibbi and Mangu-Ward of Reason both chimed in as Maher discussed Merck’s COVID pill which allegedly cuts the risk of death by almost half, the Associated Press is reporting.
“I think it could be a game-changer,” commented Mangu-Ward. “I will admit I went into the pandemic extremely skeptical of the FDA and the CDC, but I think America joined me in that as we saw a huge number of mistakes by the public health bureaucracy. Huge.”
“This pill does not have FDA approval right now. So I want to know how long are we going to have to wait if this is lifesaving, just like the vaccines have turned out to be?” she asked. “I would really like for people to have the right to try these life-saving medications. And I’m afraid that the bureaucracy is going to stand in the way.”
Because you're a smug ignoramus. Ivermectin HAS been used by PEOPLE for decades, to fight malaria. It won a Nobel Prize.
Merck's "new" pill is just modified ivermectin. But pricier.
Bill Maher isn't into group think like you are. https://t.co/0TOqgcwiN0
— Spitfire8 (@Spitfire8) October 2, 2021
That led to Maher addressing the politicization of medication, especially since the beginning of the pandemic.
Many in the media and on the left have mocked the use of Ivermectin, disingenuously referring to it as only a horse dewormer. But many contend that it can save the lives of those who contract COVID.
It made headlines after the Mississippi Department of Health announced there had been an increase in poison control calls related to ingestion of over-the-counter Ivermectin. The state issued a warning that medicines that are meant for animals are “highly concentrated” and can therefore be toxic. The FDA then put out a mocking tweet stating, “You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.”
You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y'all. Stop it. https://t.co/TWb75xYEY4
— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) August 21, 2021
What was left out is that Ivermectin is also used to treat humans just as Maher noted. That didn’t stop the media from portraying those who used the drug as Trumpers and basically calling them morons for doing so.
He pointed out that Ivermectin has been studied and used in the treatment of COVID.
“I think the thing that was really weird about COVID is that there were so many people who were suddenly rooting against or for certain drugs, right?” commented Taibbi. “Why do you care?”
“Right? Rooting!” proclaimed Maher. “Root for it!”
Maher also noted that there are things that are now politically not “approved to talk about.” He specifically mentioned hydroxychloroquine. In response, Mangu-Ward asserted that a lot of people “want to be gatekeepers.”
“I think when the stakes are this high, when it really is about, you know, protecting your own life, people should be allowed to make their own choices,” she posited.
“As a doctor, I read, a serious doctor said, nothing in medicine is fixed or precise. Unlike other sciences. That’s the case I’ve been trying to prosecute on this show,” Maher said at the end of the segment.
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