Government study says half of all Americans suffer from mental illness
February 8, 2016
On Sunday in his weekly column Ron Paul discussed a recommendation by the United States Preventive Services Task Force.
The recommendation calls mental health screening of all Americans. “The task force wants to force health insurance companies to pay for the screening. Basic economics, as well as the Obamacare disaster, should have shown this task force that government health insurance mandates harm Americans,” writes Paul.
In addition to the economic aspects of the recommendation, Dr. Paul mentions the draconian effect it will have on the Second Amendment and the constitutionally guaranteed right to own firearms.
“Mandatory depression screening will not just raise insurance costs. In order to ensure that the screening mandate is being properly implemented, the government will need to create a database containing the results of the screenings. Those anti-gun politicians who want to forbid anyone labeled ‘mentally ill’ from owning a firearm will no doubt want to use this database as a tool to deprive individuals of their Second Amendment rights,” he writes.
In January the US Department of Health and Human Services modified the government’s Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule “to expressly permit certain HIPAA covered entities to disclose to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) the identities of individuals who are subject to a Federal ‘mental health prohibitor’ that disqualifies them from shipping, transporting, possessing, or receiving a firearm.”
As usual California leads the way. On New Year’s Day AB 1014 went into effect. The law allows police to confiscate firearms from an individual if a family member believes “gun safety” is an issue. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the law after the 2014 shooting by Elliot Rodger near the University of California.
This article was posted: Monday, February 8, 2016 at 12:01 pm