Ted Lieu Says Cost of Caring for Unvaccinated Will Fall on Those Who Are

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) has said that the cost of treating unvaccinated people will end up falling upon those who are inoculated against COVID-19.

Lieu responded to a video shared on Twitter of a man named Scott Roe--who was hospitalized by COVID-19 but said he still would not get a vaccine. Roe told CBS News he would not have got the vaccine to prevent getting ill prior to falling sick.

He was asked: "Before you got sick, if you would have had a chance to get the vaccine and prevent this, would you have taken the vaccine?"

To which he replied: "No. I would have gone through this, yes sir.

"Don't shove it down my throat. That's what local, state, federal administration is trying to do—shove it down your throat."

A clip of this interview was shared by Philip Lewis, a senior front page editor at The Huffington Post, who wrote alongside the video: "I don't even have words for this."

Lieu shared that post and wrote: "I have a few words.

"First, I'm glad Scott got better.

"Second, one reason he got COVID and was hospitalized is because no one 'shoved the vaccine down his throat.'

"Third, those of us who are vaccinated will pay the increased costs to the healthcare system for the unvaccinated."

I have a few words.

First, I’m glad Scott got better.

Second, one reason he got COVID and was hospitalized is because no one “shoved the vaccine down his throat.”

Third, those of us who are vaccinated will pay the increased costs to the healthcare system for the unvaccinated. https://t.co/d5a96cN4pm

— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) July 22, 2021

Lieu has previously criticized people questioning vaccines, having replied to comments from Newsmax host Rob Schmitt after he branded them "against nature."

Lieu's comments come amid a continued push from the federal government, including President Joe Biden, for people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said at a White House briefing last week that: "Unvaccinated Americans account for virtually all recent COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths."

Walensky said: "There is a clear message that is coming through: This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated. We are seeing outbreaks of cases in parts of the country that have low vaccination coverage because unvaccinated people are at risk. And communities that are fully vaccinated are generally faring well."

According to CDC data, reported by The New York Times, 48.8 percent of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated. While 59.7 percent of those aged 18 and up are.

Of those 18 and up, 68.6 percent have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Newsweek has contacted Lieu's office for comment and the CDC for comment in regard to hospitalization and deaths among the unvaccinated.

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Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) arrives before the fifth day of the Senate Impeachment trials for former President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill on February 13, 2021 in Washington, D.C. He has urged people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Stefani Reynolds/Pool/Getty Images