It seems every time politicians want to ram some new measure of control down our throats, they use the word “epidemic” in order to scare us into compliance.
In the 1980s we had a crack epidemic, which led to the “war on drugs.”
We have an epidemic of obesity, as if being a hog is somehow a disease, as opposed to a choice. I say this as a person who really DOES have thyroid issues, whose thyroid has been irradiated, and who is literally battling weight gain every minute.
In the UK, they’re apparently battling an epidemic of alcohol abuse.
And according to several reports, we are now faced with an epidemic of child abuse in the US.
Every time some group or politician wants to bring your attention to something bad, it becomes an epidemic.
An epidemic of gun violence… does that sound familiar, Laura Washington?
And it seems the President is taking advantage of the recent tragedies and using the “epidemic” crutch to further link government and health care.
I’m not comfortable with this. From Executive Order 16: Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
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.
Health care providers already have the authority and do report individuals who are truly dangerous. Is the government trying to pressure them to violate doctor-patient confidentiality? Are they attempting to prompt doctors to pry into their patients’ private lives? What do you own? Why do you own it? Are they deputizing doctors to become government snitches? Will doctors be held liable if they advise a patient to remove the gun from the home, and the patient is subsequently victimized by an armed assailant? Will doctors be objectively informed about the advantages of having a tool of self defense?
Whether I own guns and what kinds of guns I do own is none of my doctor’s business. Advising me on my gun ownership is not my doctor’s function, unless my doctor is also an expert on firearms, in which case the only bit of advice I want to hear from him or her is how to better control my breathing to more effectively hit my target.
Worse yet, the “mental health” conversation Obama is urging is giving him an excuse to push ObamaCare reforms onto state Medicaid programs, while CDC involvement transforms a fundamental right into some kind of public health issue – into a disease.
If this is Obama’s way of marginalizing gun ownership, it’s disgusting – almost as foul as using children as props for today’s power grab.