Right. If many people with autism (though not all, certainly) require more services from the government (early intervention, speech therapy, public preschool for special needs, special education, etc), surely that's costing the government a pretty penny. They would have an incentive to keep people as healthy as possible to save money. So how do you think that works?
I'm slightly surprised by the naivete of this comment and question. First, the money doesn't come out of the pockets of any of those involved in the policy making process. It comes out of tax dollars. Second, there is a huge profit margin in vaccines. Why vaccines? Because vaccines are protected by law against lawsuits because of the terrifying possibility that if vaccines were not profitable, major pharmaceutical manufacturing corporations would stop making them. No lawsuits, maximum profits. Third, Big Pharm provides huge campaign contributions. If any elected official were to question the safety of vaccines, that money train would stop, and coincidentally, their political opponents would start getting those big contributions. Fourth, there is a strong denial of the risks of vaccines, even of thimerosal (ethyl mercury), even when injected into the bloodstream of an expectant mother, a neonatal infant, or a toddler. The human brain is still developing at this point. To say that mercury could be harmful would be admitting that the politician was wrong, and was an accessory to the harming and even death of countless children. And last, the incident rate of 1 in 88 children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder was only revised in May 2012, and is in fact based on studies of children from 2008. The ASD rate is growing apace with the increasing vaccine schedule. And we still don't know how many other children are harmed in other ways, such as SIDS, autoimmune disorders, allergic reactions, gastrointestinal problems, neuropathies, and a long additional list. There has been no conclusive study conducted to determine in this country if vaccinated versus unvaccinated children are healthier. Dr. Colleen Boyle of the CDC admitted this in testimony to Congress. Not enough research has been done, despite being well aware of the escalating epidemic. Coincidentally, many of the CDC's top officials and researchers go into the pharmaceutical industry after leaving the CDC. They tend to be VERY well paid. The "government" is not a single entity who feels the pain of having to provide more services to a growing percentage of the population. It is not a corporation who acts when revenues decline. It is a big pile of elected officials, each with their own agenda, getting re-elected. They get paid whether they save or endanger their constituency.