Following is the list of President Obama's 23 executive orders on "gun violence." We are highlighting the orders that we believe will be used to vilify gun owners and report them through health care providers. The end goal is to declare gun ownership a public health threat and then deny health insurance to gun owners when ObamaCare morphs into the "single-payer" health insurance provider in America.
- Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
- Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
- Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
- Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
- Propose rule making to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
- Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
- Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
- Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
- Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
- Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.
- Nominate an ATF director.
- Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.
- Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
- Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
- Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.
- Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
- Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
- Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
- Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
- Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
- Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.
- Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.
- Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.
Step one is to create a linkage between mental health and gun ownership background checks. Executive orders 1,2,3 and 4 address this linkage. Once that connection is established, gun ownership background check information is integrated with individual medical information. This information directs ObamaCare, Medicare and other government financed health care professionals to question and evaluate gun owners during normal medical care per orders 16 and 17.
Background check information reveals gun ownership or attempts at gun ownership. Health professionals might then be trained to "flag" gun owners for reasons including:
- Denial of gun ownership by known gun owners (lying)
- Threats of violence
- Violent behavior
- Abusiveness (verbal or behavioral)
- Observed violent or abusive behavior toward one's self
The key to understanding how this can be exploited is to understand the intentional vagueness of the directives. Administrators are enabled to interpret the executive orders as best suits the goals of the anti-second amendment agenda.
Step two is to classify guns as a public health issue per orders 4, 14, 15 and 23. Order 15 addresses technology including information technology like databases for tracking gun owners and assigning mental health issues. More importantly, statistics are often driven by the ability to identify and/or report.
Closer scrutiny of gun owners will naturally create more reported illnesses with a correlation to gun ownership. This is particularly true for the most common reasons people visit their doctor. This statistical bias also occurs when mandates drive what doctors look for during their time with patients. We might expect to see future headline such as:
- "Gun Ownership Linked to Erectile Dysfunction"
- "High Blood Pressure and Glaucoma Associated with Gun Owners"
- "Report: Gun Owners More Verbally Abusive"
"Experts" will use these flawed statistics to further fear and misunderstanding of gun ownership.
Step three occurs after ObamaCare becomes the "single-payer" insurance in America. The stated goal of ObamaCare in liberal circles is to end private insurance. The argument that Medicare has less administrative cost than private insurance is an example of this train of thought. The core argument is that "capitalism is evil" and cares about "profits over people."
Medicare administrative costs exclude the collection costs which are handled by the IRS through the tax system. Private insurance considers this as accounts receivable, an administrative cost. Further, Medicare has federal law enforcement agencies to pursue people who violate the system and public grants to social workers across the country to sign up new customers. Private companies must employ lawyers and sales people in these roles. All of these uncounted costs show the "low cost Medicare" argument to be a farce.
Once "single-payer" ObamaCare becomes a reality, gun owners will be denied coverage in ObamaCare insurance as public health threats. This possibility is hinted at by executive orders 20,21 and 22. Gun owners could then be fined per ObamaCare insurance tax mandates. This gets around fining people directly for gun ownership in violation of second amendment civil rights protections.
Court challenges that occur prior to ObamaCare becoming the "single-payer" health insurance in America can be used to provide precedent. ObamaCare defenders will argue that "private health insurance is a valid alternative to avoid the mandatory fine". The argument will change to "ObamaCare is not responsible for the availability or affordability of private insurance" after ObamaCare becomes America's "single-payer" insurance.
If this theory has flaws, please let us know...
Update:We found a Congressional Research Service paper by William J. Krouse from February 3, 2011 that points out enacted legislation which directly contradicts President Obama's Executive Orders listed above as 16 and 17:
Prohibiting data collection on gun ownership or higher premiums for gun owners who are beneficiaries of healthcare wellness programs (P.L. 111-148).
Note:This articles is referring to "executive orders" per news reports, but these are actually "executive actions".
Here is an article outlining the battle in Oregon between the Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) privacy provisions and the The Drug Enforcement Administration attempts at accessing the private information without a warrant.