Obama to doctors: you’re now responsible for gun safety
This document is being circulated from the White House. President Obama plans to use the authority provided to him under the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) and regulations through the Department of Health and Human Services to force doctors to become involved in the gun issue. Now, doctors will be responsible for checking with the mentally ill to see whether they own guns.
If a doctor misses a specific mentally ill’s gun ownership, will that doctor be liable and open for a malpractice law suit?
This will undoubtedly only make it more difficult to be a doctor. Malpractice insurance will go through the roof. Remember when Obama said you could keep your doctor? That won’t be the case if your doctor leaves the medical field.
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.
The next time there is a school shooting, the lawsuits will be filed against the doctor who failed to ask the mentally ill person whether he or she owns a gun. Of course, that’s if the person with a mental illness, or the family member of the person with a psychiatric disability (as the “PC” would say), isn’t scared away altogether from going to see their doctor.
This is where is this “clarification” and “guidance” will lead: people being afraid to go to the doctor and becoming more sick as a result, and doctors having outlandish malpractice insurance and legal fees.
But remember, you can keep your doctor.
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