Obama to Use Executive Order to Force Doctors/Therapists to Report Unfit Gun Owners
Forget the Toomey-Manchin background check bill.
This executive order has the possibility to be even worse.
According to an announcement from Gun Owners of America (who is doing great work by the way), The Department of Health and Human Services, led by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (you know, one of the key authors and proponents of Obamacare) is pushing for new executive actions that would violate doctor-patient confidentiality and current HIPAA regulations by REQUIRING your doctors and therapists to report you to the government for any number of issues including anxiety, depression, or simply not being able to manage your finances.
Not really sure what is covered by “not being able to manage your finances”. Given the current housing and credit markets it’s obvious that most of America doesn’t know how to properly manage their finances 100%. So what would make you lose your Constitutional rights without due process? Bouncing a check? Bankruptcy? Missing a payment to your doctor?
California is currently the only state that maintains a database of people who it considers “prohibited persons”, partially backed by medical data. In fact, California just announced plans to use over $20 million to confiscate over 40,000 legally acquired guns from people who it says have become “prohibited persons”.
Even non gun owners should be upset about these measures. If it’s upheld in court that the government can order your doctor to turn on you for public good, what’s next? A registry of those infected with STDs? Or people who have ever had a contagious disease?
Also, how many people will now not seek treatment for certain conditions for fear of their doctors turning them in to the government?
This is a slippery slope that needs to be quickly taken care of.
According to GOA you can take action by doing the following:
But the good news is this: The HHS rulemaking is still at an early stage, and HHS is (no doubt reluctantly) taking the views of the general public.
ACTION: Go to the Federal Register – at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-23/pdf/2013-09602.pdf – and respond to the regs entitled “HIPAA Privacy Rule and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).”
Let the HHS know how you feel about waiving all federal privacy laws for people who seek counseling.
Also, be sure to tell your congressmen that you oppose the “see a shrink, lose your guns” regs issued by the HHS. Ask him to issue his own comments as well.
The regs themselves lay out several ways that you may submit your opposition. The comment period ends on June 7, 2013.