February 14th, 2009 10:42 AM
"Pork" Bailout Bill Could Ban Guns For Millions Of Americans
Wonder why they are in such a hurry to get it pasted. What else is hidden in the mass of it?
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"HR 1 is about more than just pork. Millions of gun owners stand to lose their gun rights without any due process." -- Larry Pratt, GOA Executive Director
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
The Obama administration is putting a lot of pressure on Congress to slam through the most recent $800+ billion bailout package before anyone has an opportunity to read it.
The Obama administration intones that the details are unimportant. The only thing that matters is the "bigness." And, by shipping a bill of nearly $900 billion (plus interest) to our children and grandchildren, the package is really, really big -- bigger, in fact, than the budget of our entire government for the first 170 years of our country's existence.
But now that some of the details are finally starting to leak out of Washington, Gun Owners -- and a lot of other analysts -- are beginning to look at the fine print. And some of it is particularly scary.
Of particular concern to gun owners are sections 13101 through 13434 of HR 1, which would set up the infrastructure to computerize the medical records of ALL AMERICANS in a government-coordinated database.
True, the bill doesn't mandate that the data will be in a giant computer under the Oval Office. But it does mandate that your medical records be reduced to a computerized form which is available to it in a second.
This it would do by establishing a National Coordinator for Health Information Technology -- tasked with, among other things, "providing information to help guide medical decisions at the time and place of care."
It should be scary enough that a government bureaucrat is directed by statute to try to influence your doctor's decisions with respect to your medical care.
But of even greater concern to gun owners is the fact that a government-coordinated database (which government can freely access) will now contain all records of government-provided and private psychiatric treatment -- including, in particular, the drugs which were prescribed.
Remember last year's "NICS Improvement Act" -- otherwise known as the Veterans Disarmament Act? This law codified ATF's attempts to make you a prohibited person on the basis of a government psychiatrist's finding that you are a "danger" -- without a finding by any court. Well, roughly 150,000 battle-scarred veterans have already been unfairly stripped of their gun rights by the government.
But people who, as kids, were diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder... or seniors with Alzheimer's... or police with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder... or people who are now theoretically covered by the new law... these people have, generally, not suffered the consequences of its sanctions -- YET. And the chief reason is that their records are not easily available to the government in a central, easily retrievable, computerized form.
The bailout bill would change all of that. It would push increasingly hard to force your private psychiatrist or government-sanctioned psychiatrist to turn over your psychiatric records to a massive database. This would be mandated immediately if your doctor does business with the government.
This would supposedly save Medicare money in connection with medical treatment. And, the sponsors insist, they would work very hard to protect your privacy.
But this turns the concept of "privacy" on its head. The privacy which is MOST important is privacy from the prying eyes of government -- not privacy of government data against the prying eyes of others. After all, many government data bases have been hacked in recent years, with mountains of information stolen.
So, once the government has access to these computerized psychiatric records, the stage will be set for using that database to take away the gun rights of those with Alzheimer's, those with ADD, and those with PTSD.
ACTION: Write your two senators. Urge them to vote against the bailout bill (HR 1) until it is stripped of provisions which would turn your psychiatric records over to a central government-coordinated database against your will -- without you getting your day in court.
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February 14th, 2009 10:52 AM
^To late...already passed.
February 14th, 2009 10:54 AM
February 14th, 2009 11:41 AM
One of the commentators was saying something about the Holt Bill might be a part of it, also. I have been unable to confirm that.
February 14th, 2009 11:58 AM
In a sense I actually do tend to have a partial concern with the issues the OP raised, but for a slightly different reason.
There has been over the past few years very much talk about the necessity of computerizing medical records, and the supposed additional patient safety and cost effectiveness which would stem from this. Maybe, I don't know. To my mind the privacy issues greatly concern me. But not over gun license issuance. True, there is potential for abuse of mental health records and inappropriate denial, but that is not where the real problem with a centralized medical data base.
The real problem with a centralized medical database is that it might make getting independent second opinions IMPOSSIBLE.
When all care providers are able to see the same (perhaps erroneous) laboratory results or erroneous clinical notes, the doc asked to provide a second opinion will be in a difficult position--especially if insurers then decide it is OK to decline payment for a duplicative test or exam.
I also suspect that the driving forces behind the movement toward centralized computerized medical records are the computer industry and the insurance industry. Our legislators just jumped on what seemed like a good idea, which it would be IF patients were the only ones controlling access to the information.
This train left the station long before the stimulus package. The prior administration also pushed for computerization of medical records, and there has been little public opposition.
This is one of those ideas which sound great, may turn out great, but has too much potential for causing harm.
Anyway, it is a done deal and it was going to happen sooner or later because the big pols in both parties all signed on.
February 14th, 2009 12:03 PM
Can you prove your statement about the prior administration?
Originally Posted by Hopyard
You are incorrect. In the House, 100% of the GOP voted AGAINST the bill.
In the Senate, all of the GOP voted AGAINST it, with the exception of the 3 rinos, Specter, Snow and Collins.
This porkulus bill was completely partisan.
Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy. — Winston Churchill
February 14th, 2009 12:21 PM
I think he is talking about computerized medical records...not the porkulus vote. You are correct concerning the outcome of the vote...but I also believe computerizing medical records idea has been around awhile. Personally, if we are to cut the overhead costs of medical needs (which I understand is like 40 cents on the dollar)...this is surely one way to do so.
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