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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Doctors As Gun Control Police

The Obama administration has no problem bypassing Congress to take away our Second Amendment rights. Obama uses every shooting to gain more political capital for his anti-gun agenda. Now he even wants to use your family doctor to take away your constitutional right to bear arms. For years doctors have been bound by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, called HIPAA. HIPAA prohibits any doctor from sharing personal or clinical information without the patient’s permission. Obama’s latest executive order would completely change this important law without any congressional involvement whatsoever. The order allows doctors to report a patient to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System if they feel the patient may have a mental health issue.

The truth is doctors do not want to be put in the middle of the gun control debate. Doctors want to provide healing and comfort to the sick. They do not want to be Obama’s personal gun control police. Doctors already have enough to worry about as it is. The order is not limited to mental health professionals. Most doctors are not qualified to judge a patient’s mental health. Most doctors simply don’t have the time or qualifications to make sound decisions about a patient’s mental health status.

Legislators on every level have consistently rejected Obama’s unconstitutional gun control policies. His solution is to violate the Constitution and go around them with an executive order. Turning our doctors into gun control police is the latest example of this. Obama knows that a bill calling for this radical change would never pass Congress. Doctors should be held strictly under HIPAA standards for the benefit of both patient and doctor. It is important that people feel comfortable with their doctor.

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