Insanity knows no bounds. Mere OWNERSHIP of firearms is a HEALTH issue now? What ISN’T included in this monstrous law?

This Is How a Secret Gun Provision Made its Way Into Obamacare Legislation | TheBlaze.com

Pushed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), a newly-noticed regulation that was placed deep within the bill back in 2010, among other things, bans doctors from documenting patients’ answers to questions that focus upon guns.

NOTE that under current law they CAN ask. Over the past months there have been news reports that some doctors or others in the field DO ask. Read the text of the law (below) — it prohibits the “disclosure” (but does not say, by whom, to whom) or “collection” (again, does not say, by whom, to whom, by what means).

For whatever reason for which I cannot imagine any scientific foundation, some doctors DO see just the simple ownership of a gun as a health care issue or as a reason for a “study” — as if the mere presence of a gun in your home were the cause of problems with your health. And therefore it is NOT a stretch to assume the obvious, that such doctors WILL make a note of your response, whether they actually do or do not record it in your medical chart, or somewhere else, and, depending on the specific doctor’s personal convictions and professional integrity, your answer may very well affect the kind and quality of health care that you receive (and from which your ownership or non-ownership of fire arms can and will be deduced for the benefit of those who are aching to get that information).

THIS is where the NRA and Harry Reid have let us down. MISSING from the sections inserted by Harry Reid at the request of the NRA are express unequivocal statements such as:

(1) The ownership, storage and legitimate use (whatever that is) of fire arms and ammunition are not NOT pertinent to health care, and therefore are NOT a legitimate topic of “research” or reasons for different standards of medical treatment;

(2) The ownership, storage and legitimate use of fire arms and ammunition, by virtue of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, are not a legal issue or any any way pertinent to the administration of health care;

(3) Therefore, health care providers (doctors, nurses, physician’s assistants, clerks, administrators, private or government insurance company officials and employees, etc.) are EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED FROM ASKING patients about ownership, storage and legitimate use of fire arms and ammunition;

(4) Patients are expressly authorized NOT to respond to questions about ownership, storage and legitimate use of fire arms and ammunition, whether presented verbally or in witting, such as on a medical history questionnaire.

PLEASE WRITE TO YOUR CONGRESSMEN TO SUBMIT A BILL TO INSERT SUCH LANGUAGE INTO THE OBAMACARE LAW.

PS
Here are the relevant sections from the current version of the obamacare law. As you can see, the language is nowhere near strong enough.

(c) PROTECTION OF SECOND AMENDMENT GUN RIGHTS.—
‘‘(1) WELLNESS ANDPREVENTIONPROGRAMS.—A wellness
and health promotion activity implemented under subsection
(a)(1)(D) may not require the disclosure or collection of any
information relating to—
‘‘(A) the presence or storage of a lawfully-possessed
firearm or ammunition in the residence or on the property
of an individual; or
(B) the lawful use, possession, or storage of a firearm
or ammunition by an individual.
‘‘(2) LIMITATION ON DATA COLLECTION.—None of the
authorities provided to the Secretary under the Patient Protec-
tion and Affordable Care Act or an amendment made by that
Act shall be construed to authorize or may be used for the
collection of any information relating to—
‘‘(A) the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm
or ammunition;
‘‘(B) the lawful use of a firearm or ammunition; or
‘‘(C) the lawful storage of a firearm or ammunition.
‘‘(3) LIMITATIONONDATABASESORDATABANKS.—None of
the authorities provided to the Secretary under the Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Act or an amendment made
by that Act shall be construed to authorize or may be used
to maintain records of individual ownership or possession of
a firearm or ammunition.
‘‘(4) LIMITATIONONDETERMINATIONOFPREMIUMRATESOR
ELIGIBILITYFORHEALTHINSURANCE.—A premium rate may not
be increased, health insurance coverage may not be denied,
and a discount, rebate, or reward offered for participation in
a wellness program may not be reduced or withheld under
any health benefit plan issued pursuant to or in accordance
with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or an
amendment made by that Act on the basis of, or on reliance
upon—
‘‘(A) the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm
or ammunition; or
‘‘(B) the lawful use or storage of a firearm or ammuni-
tion.
‘‘(5) LIMITATIONONDATACOLLECTIONREQUIREMENTS FOR
INDIVIDUALS.—No individual shall be required to disclose any
information under any data collection activity authorized under
the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or an amend-
ment made by that Act relating to—
‘‘(A) the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm
or ammunition; or
‘‘(B) the lawful use, possession, or storage of a firearm
or ammunition.’’

In the PDF file referenced below, this section of the law is found under Section 10101, Amendments to Subtitle A (which starts on page 765); SEC. 2716, Prohibitions on Discrimination in Favor of Highly Compensated Individuals (which starts on page 766); then subsection (c) Protection of Second Amendment Gun Rights, paragraphs (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5) on pages 766 and 767.

PS
“Obamacare” is now formally known as 124 STAT. 119 PUBLIC LAW 111–148—MAR. 23, 2010If you feel the inclination to read it (you’ll be one up on the congress-critters who “just have to pass it to find out what’s in it” if you do), a word of caution: it is in a 906 page long PDF file available as http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-111publ148/pdf/PLAW-111publ148.pdfPS
A discussion of the law and the schedule for phasing it in can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_Protection_and_Affordable_Care_Act