Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Obama to "Tweak" Health Privacy Laws to Disarm Americans

Eric Blair
Activist Post

Is there a conspiracy to label Americans with a mental illness in order to disarm them?

Since the tragic mass shootings in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut, strong lines were drawn in the gun debate, yet most tend to agree that improving access to "mental health" should be part of any gun control discussion.

It makes sense to the general public since all mass shooters are clearly mentally disturbed and most were found to be on anti-depressants or anti-psychotics. Not everyone who owns guns is mentally disturbed, but every mass shooter is, so let's just stop those people from buying guns, right?

Obama intends to do just that. Reuters reports today that the Obama administration is preparing to "tweak" health privacy laws in order to beef up the number of names on the gun "no buy" list with "people who have received treatment" for mental illnesses.

From Reuters:
President Barack Obama said he wants to see state governments contribute more names of people barred from buying guns to the database, part of a sweeping set of executive actions he announced after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December.
The database, called the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, is used by gun dealers to check whether a potential buyer is prohibited from owning a gun. 
States are encouraged to report to the database the names of people who are not allowed to buy guns because they have been involuntarily committed to a mental hospital, or have been found to have serious mental illnesses by courts. 
Many states do not participate. So the administration is looking at changing a health privacy rule - part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) - to remove one potential barrier.
Since broad gun control measures have failed to pass through Congress, Obama claims the power to take these actions without congressional approval.

In March Obama signed an executive order to bolster the national gun registry.  He directed $20 million to the Department of Justice to expand the NICS and "incentivize states, territories and tribes to share information with NICS by closing information gaps that inhibit complete and accurate background checks."

Reuters refers to these executive actions as small steps that can be done without Congress:
So the administration has been left with a series of smaller steps it can take without congressional approval, such as tweaking the health privacy law to make sure it does not prevent states from reporting names to the NICS database.
The privacy law Obama seeks to change without Congress is the Privacy Rule of HIPAA which "sets limits and conditions on the uses and disclosures that may be made of such information without patient authorization" and "also gives patients rights over their health information, including rights to examine and obtain a copy of their health records."

Although the exact "tweaks" Obama and the HHS plan to make remain undisclosed, the regulation itself already seems to give the executive branch great leeway in the sharing of private health data. Each so-called privacy protection detailed in the act has an exemption in case of an Executive Order. In other words, Obama can trample those privacy protections for "public health and safety".

In April, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that health privacy is secondary to protecting our children and communities from potentially dangerous individuals:
In order to protect our children and communities, we must ensure that information on potentially dangerous individuals who are prohibited from possessing firearms is available to the background check system. 
We do not want to discourage individuals who need help from seeking mental health services, and our actions will be carefully tailored to ensure patient confidentiality as well as public health and safety.
It's the same give-up-your-privacy-for-security excuse we see used over and over again by this anti-civil liberties administration, but this move has the added benefit of removing the 2nd Amendment as well.  Two birds with one stone for an ambitious tyrant.

But this will only affect a small minority of Americans, right? Wrong. A recent Mayo Clinic study revealed that a staggering 70% of Americans are on prescription drugs with antipsychotics being among the most frequently prescribed.

Dr. St. Sauver of Mayo Clinic says "the second most common prescription [after diabetes and heart disease] was for antidepressants -- that suggests mental health is a huge issue and is something we should focus on."

Nearly every returning veteran has been treated for mental health. Will that automatically land them on the "no buy" list? What about the one-third of America's youth that are on antipsychotics? Will they be the first generation disarmed by big pharma?

What's more, every human emotion is now being classified as a mental disorder in the new psychiatric manual DSM-5. Mike Adams of Natural News writes:
Virtually every emotion experienced by a human being -- sadness, grief, anxiety, frustration, impatience, excitement -- is now being classified as a "mental disorder" demanding chemical treatment (with prescription medications, of course). 
The new, upcoming DSM-5 "psychiatry bible," expected to be released in a few months, has transformed itself from a medical reference manual to a testament to the insanity of the industry itself. 
"Mental disorders" named in the DSM-5 include "General Anxiety Disorder" or GAD for short. GAD can be diagnosed in a person who feels a little anxious doing something like, say, talking to a psychiatrist. Thus, the mere act of a psychiatrist engaging in the possibility of making a diagnoses causes the "symptoms" of that diagnoses to magically appear.
Pretty soon anyone and everyone could be labeled with a mental disorder and prohibited from buying a firearm. 

Increasing access to mental health is a noble goal, but it seems more about increasing psychiatric drugs sales and providing legal cover to confiscate guns than it is to genuinely help people.

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The military is clearly - mentally disturbed. At least, those that run it. So seems many in the police force also...

dale said...


A "disorder" like depression or shyness is not a serioius and dangerous mental condition.

Personally, I don't think the seriously mentally ill should have guns.
Apparently, the idea of banning guns to certifiably dangerous mental cases, makes no sense to the author because the sacred right to bear arms (which actually means to be drafted and forced to carry a weapon for the government) should be denied to no one. 30,000 gun deaths a year is the price of allowing even crazy and dangerous people to have firearms, even combat weapons.

The psychiatric profession has sold out to Big Pharma, but that doesn't mean we should let psychopaths have assault weapons.

This article links these two issues by assertion but provides no real evidence that increasing prescription drug use has anything to do with the paranoid fantasy that the government is going to confiscate guns from ordinary people.

How would you keep seriously mentally ill people from acting out their fantasies with assault weapons? Doing nothing is complicit in mass murder.

Anonymous said...

In response to "Dale:"

Hopefully you have annual medical checkups; if not, you should.

At your next checkup, I strongly recommend you tell your health specialist how depressed you are because of all the "seriously mentally ill people" who have access to assault weapons.

Mark McCandlish said...

As the owner of two firearms, one of which Diane Feinstein is trying to have labeled as an "assault weapon", I've also been in the military, worked in the defense industry and also worked as an administrator in a adult residential care facility (Level 4-i) attending to the mental health needs of people with obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, brain chemistry issues and Down's Syndrome among other disorders.

In this latter position, one of the most disturbing aspects of dealing with developmentally-disabled adults was the advocacy by the licensing agencies and their liberal enablers who maintained that the privacy and civil rights of our clients was paramount. Disturbing in that even these people we cared for were afforded the full measure of their Second Amendment rights-- within reason.

Now as you might guess, I am a big adherent of the Second Amendment, but providing access to people who the average person could safely regard as "crazy" is ludicrous! There is no doubt in my mind that if the President intends to "tweak" the new health care law to cover this population as being "firearms exempt",
there will of necessity be a gross violation of an individual's medical privacy and civil rights-- all in the name of "public safety". The pivotal issue, will have to be WHO decides what qualifies as a mental health problem severe enough to warrant a public safety threat? And more to the point, what criteria will be used, and who will determine what those criteria are? This is a question that cannot be left to the discernment of any single individual (conservative or liberal)-- much less a political appointee-- in order for a fair and reasonable evaluation to be made.

And finally, Just as we parole those among us who have served their time, there must be a process for restoring Second Amendment rights once a person's mental health is certifiably restored.

Anonymous said...

As David Icke says 'Problem - Solution - Control.

This intended, sly act is further 'set dressing' to reinforce the play script that staged events are the responsibility of mentally-ill citizens.

More smoke and mirrors! Thanks Be that more and more people are waking up!

iamlightagain said...

The most mentally disturbed mass murder perpetrator of the world is the head of our government and it's control of an industrial military complex.

Anonymous said...

"A dram is better than a damn."

Anonymous said...

It is a very small percentage of mentally ill people that suffer from psychopathy.
The misdiganoses and overprescription of antipsychotic meds. doesn't change that fact.
It is also true that most people suffering psychopathy are neither dangerous, nor malevolant. To limit the rights of all "crazy" people because of a small percentage of potential incident-makers is a shame in a Republic, but... we don't live in one of those anymore.

mike c said...

I wonder if this applies to police or military

Anonymous said...

How about disarming DHS, which has bought up over 7 BILLION hollow-point bullets (prohibited by the laws of war), grenades, etc.? Talk about psychopathy; Janet Napolitano is right up there, along with Barack Obama. Obama wants to disarm ALL law-abiding gun owners and trash the 2nd Amendment.

Anonymous said...

It's absolutely crazy doing what the (so called) president does.
Making laws from a pen instead of through congess. Killing innocent people, kids included with drones, condoning like wars, leading the country with executive orders, lying about everything he presents- and on and on.
He should be on the list at the top, because he can't see the real sane people he's looking down on.

Rick Carufel said...

I think the point here is being missed as far as the antidepressants are concerned. The class of drugs involved with all these mass murders SSRIs are the cause of the killings. One of the know side effects of stopping their use is suicidal and homicidal mood swings. The murder and suicide rates of people taking antidepressants has skyrocketed since the introduction SSRIs in the 1970s. Big Pharma gives out 6 billion doses of this poison annually fully knowing that 16% of people can't metabolize SSRIs and will sooner or later turn suicidal or homicidal, but that's the cost of doing business when your sell drugs that make killers. Take a little bath salts and throw it into the mix with SSRIs and you got face-eating zombies.

Anonymous said...

Obama is the root cause of mental disorders. He's depressing people. Causing them stress and general fear for their future and lives.

Seems like if we impeach him, we lose the cause of most American's mental problems....that including Biden the Zionist, too.

Anonymous said...

HOW MANY americans deserve to live in a free country??....3%,the rest would be perfectly happy to live in a fema slave labor camp,be told what to do and live in a condition KNOWN AS SLAVERY,now all you who would choose freedom,REMEMBER THAT 97%,IS GOING TO TRY TO ENSLAVE YOU TOO,and if your not ready for this,well you'll be living in a fema camp to,YOUR WIVES AND FAMILY,will want to be slaves,and WILL CALL THE GOVERNMENT demanding they come and reeducate you to their way of thinking,AMERICA HAS BEEN DECEIVED,into believing freedom is for REBELS and people who love to rock their boat,and cause problems and need to be got rid of,YOU BEEN WARNED................

Anonymous said...

Nice piece of work, except for one thing:

The one-third of America's youth being on antipsychotic drugs claim is a hilarious error that anyone who hasn't been awake for a week would be able to spot immediately.

The linked article says that nearly one-third of visits to psychiatrists by youths results in such a prescription. That in itself is absurd, sleazy insanity, but it's nowhere the magnitude of what is described here.

The accurate statement, based on the link, would by that almost one-third of whatever percentage of youths see a psychiatrist (less than 10%, one would think) are being given these drugs.

I'm not a big fan of obvious misinformation, be it due to trickery or obliviousness. It's disappointing that none of the other commenters caught it.

Anonymous said...

Most antidepressants are FLUORINATED ! This adds to the burden of poisons already being foisted on us thru our water, air & food. Many antibiotics, antifungals, antipsychotics,antihistamines,antacids,diet drugs,arthritis meds,steroids,malaria & chemo drugs and most of your anesthesia is now fluorinated. This is to make it go in faster,longer,stronger & deeper. See & click on FTRC link for list of hundreds of drugs to avoid which are causing often permanent side effects, homicide & suicide.
Obama PROMISED [not that that means anything] that the gun registry would only contain the records of those "adjudicated" as mentally ill. HA!

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