Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Obama's health care angle on guns

Below is a report on the primer that the White House is submitting for review and signing into law via one of the twenty three executive orders that Obama signed today.  Read this carefully and note, these proposals have absolutely no validity in preventing so called gun violence.

These provisions are nothing short of deputizing doctors to become intelligence officers for the Obama administration. There is nothing in this proposal that would have prevented the Sandy Hook shootings.

This is nothing more than an oblique intelligence gathering mechanism to begin the early stages of registration and confiscation of guns by the government.  Every American should be on the phone and firing off emails today to their representatives seeking protection from this president and his usurpation of the constitution and the bill of rights.  Not to mention the questions that are immediately raised concerning HIPPA jaw and the disclosure of privileged patient information.

For the record, all patient information is privileged under HIPPA

Obama Asks Doctors to Help Deal With Guns

11:56 AM, Jan 16, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
According to a background briefer provided by the White House, President Barack Obama is asking doctors to help deal with guns. Here's the relevant passage:
PRESERVE THE RIGHTS OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO PROTECT THEIR PATIENTS AND COMMUNITIES FROM GUN VIOLENCE: We should never ask doctors and other health care providers to turn a blind eye to the risks posed by guns in the wrong hands.
Clarify that no federal law prevents health care providers from warning law enforcement authorities about threats of violence: Doctors and other mental health professionals play an important role in protecting the safety of their patients and the broader community by reporting direct and credible threats of violence to the authorities. But there is public confusion about whether federal law prohibits such reports about threats of violence. The Department of Health and Human Services is issuing a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits these reports in any way.
Protect the rights of health care providers to talk to their patients about gun safety: Doctors and other health care providers also need to be able to ask about firearms in their patients’ homes and safe storage of those firearms, especially if their patients show signs of certain mental illnesses or if they have a young child or mentally ill family member at home. Some have incorrectly claimed that language in the Affordable Care Act prohibits doctors from asking their patients about guns and gun safety. Medical groups also continue to fight against state laws attempting to ban doctors from asking these questions. The Administration will issue guidance clarifying that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit or otherwise regulate communication between doctors and patients, including about firearms.

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