Skip to comments.No Obama Executive Order Telling Doctors they can ask about Guns in the Home
Posted on 07/22/2013 3:18:33 PM PDT by marktwain
On January 16th, 2013, at a press conference, President Obama announced that he would be taking 23 executive actions to reduce gun violence. There had been much speculation on what the president might do with executive orders.
Representative Stockman from Texas had warned the President about not infringing on the Second Amendment with executive orders.
The President, in his remarks, talked about executive orders, executive actions, and closed his remarks by saying "Thank you. Let's sign these orders."
This has lead to some confusion about what executive orders were signed. Forbes listed "The 23 Executive Orders On Gun Safety Signed Today by the President", which would indicate that all of the 23 actions were executive orders.
Action number 16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes, seems to indicate that the President will sign some document that clarifies what the Affordable Care Act allows doctors to ask their patients about guns.
Poliltico apparently believed that the President signed an executive order to that effect when it stated that:
Obama signed an executive order Wednesday to [c]larify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes, part of a package of 23 executive orders on gun violence prevention in response to the massacre in Newtown, Conn.However, no such executive order was signed on 16 January, 2013, or at any time during 2013. The list of executive orders signed in 2013 does not include any that deal with what doctors may ask patients under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Section 2716, "Prohibition on Discrimination in Favor of Highly Compensated Individuals," page 766, signed into law on Mar. 23, 2010, available at www.thomas.gov, states:
"(c) PROTECTION OF SECOND AMENDMENT GUN RIGHTS.
(1) WELLNESS AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS.
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 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 Protection 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 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) LIMITATION ON DATABASES OR DATABANKS.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) LIMITATION ON DETERMINATION OF PREMIUM RATES OR ELIGIBILITY FOR HEALTH INSURANCE.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 ammunition.
(5) LIMITATION ON DATA COLLECTION REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIVIDUALS.
It appears clear that doctors may ask about firearms or ammunition, as long as they do not record the information in such a way that it is included in databanks or databases authorized by the Affordable Care Act. Furthermore, they may not be required to ask such information, nor may patients be required to give such information.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 amendment 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.
The PDF file is dated 16 January, the same day that President Obama signed his executive actions.
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.
Link to Gun Watch
As indicated by past expierience , when it comes to Zippy,
the GUIDANCE or administrative interpretation is the necessary detail that NEEDS CLARIFICATION !!
If my doctor asks (but he won’t, otherwise he wouldn’t be my doctor) I’ll answer him like a politician.
They’ve been asking about guns for a while now. At least the pediatricians have.
I never tell the doctors anything other that what I’m in the office for.
“I never tell the doctors anything other that what Im in the office for.”
If they have a problem with THAT, I have a problem with THEM.
And contrary with to popular myth, I have found NO problem finding a new doctor. Besides, why would I ever think a person dumb enough to ask such a question knows a freaking thing about ANYTHING?
Yeah, the docs get this boilerplate form for all patients and just hand it out. They are not even reading the damn thing before expecting us to fill it out.
I left a number of things blank and the receptionist pointed it out. I politely replied that those questions were not relevant and were certainly no one’s business. She said oh.
I talk to my doc about guns frequently, while we have a beer and burger in the local pub. Once in a while we have a cigar, too, while we talk about guns. He bought an old Nagant carbine from me and I delivered it to his office. But, then, I have an extra special doctor.
BTW, doctors and others in medical positions have been asking questions of patients about firearms, because that policy was implemented by Hillary and her feminists during the ‘90s. The federal documents are there. Find them, and read them or not. I did enough with exposing those documents during the ‘90s. Any medical personnel asking such questions while doing anything under the Act now will be risking successful lawsuits against them based on very clear language in statute.
When asked, just counter with an equally impertinent question of your own...
Like have you stopped beating your wife? Or...
Do you still masturbate regularly?
Gets the point across to all but the most recalcitrant of Leftards...
Shouldn’t those be stuck in his ears, rather than dangling from them? He needs something to sop up the $**7 that he’s so full of that it runs out of them.
I even understand that when he shaves, he sings at the mirror, “beautiful, beautiful brown eyes, I’ll never have blue eyes again!”
Thank you for taking the time to explain the statutory language. Do you know if there are any penalties in the law for violations of this sort?
I’m not a lawyer but have done some work that required reading statutes, cases, etc. I don’t know about penalties pertaining to the matter. Thanks for bringing that up. It’s worth study.
But by their own stated reason, they admit that they have no excuse to probe anyone about *individual* ownership of firearms. After all, if preventing accidents were really the intent of the questions, then the do-gooder message ought to be given to every patient. After all, many patients may obtain a firearm well before heading into the doctors office again, or they may visit homes of gun owners, or friends and relatives who carry may visit them.
Gee you'd think the do-gooders would want to make sure everyone learned of their "important" safety tips. No need to inquire about ownership first, or at all.
The freaks are obviously up to no good, or else some wouldn't be so audacious as to ask (confront) children directly. Of course kids in their innocence will typically blurt out the answer. I suspect that they go directly to the kids if they think a parent won't fall for the trick.
Way too many manipulative, authority-abusing POSs out there. They are professionals all right, experts in playing the game of Gotcha!.
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