Health Care Records Leading To A Gun Database

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Health Plan Threatens to Feed Your Gun-related Data Into a National 
Database 
— And charge you $10,000 a year for the privilege 

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert 
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151 
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408 
http://www.gunowners.org 

Thursday, April 2, 2009 

In a year when trillion dollar bailouts have become routine, many 
Americans have become almost numb to our acceleration towards socialism. 

But gun rights activists aren’t in that crowd, and so GOA has to inform 
you of yet ANOTHER threat to your privacy, the Second Amendment, and 
even your wallet. 

It is called an “individual mandate” or, alternatively, the 
“Massachusetts plan.”  And over the weekend, both the 
Washington Post 
and the New York Times worked hard to build momentum for it. 

First, a little history. 

We alerted you a few weeks ago to the gun control provisions in the 
stimulus bill that President Obama signed in February.  Our government 
will now spend between $12 and $20 BILLION to require the medical 
community to retroactively put our most confidential medical records 
into a government database — a database that could easily be used to 
deny veterans (and other law-abiding Americans) who have sought 
psychiatric treatment for things such as PTSD. 

Currently, gun owners can avoid getting caught in this database by 
refusing to purchase health insurance or by purchasing insurance with a 
carrier that has not signed an agreement with the government to place 
your records in a national database. 

But that’s all about to change.  A budget resolution — to be voted on 
this Friday in the Senate — will be the first domino in a process that 
could FORCE you to buy government-approved insurance, thus making it 
impossible to avoid the medical database. 

Put another way:  If you do not have health insurance — or, 
potentially, if you do not have the TYPE of health insurance the 
government wants you to have — the government will force you to 
purchase what it regards as “acceptable” health insurance.   
And, in most 
cases, you will have to pay for it out of your own pocket. 

What would all this cost?  Based on comparable insurance currently on 
the market, it could cost $10,000 a year — or more. 

If you were jobless, the socialists would probably spot you the ten 
grand.  But if you are middle class and can’t pay $10,000 because of 
your mortgage payments, your small business, or your kids’ college 
education, you would be fined (over $1,000 a year currently in 
Massachusetts).  And, if you couldn’t pay the confiscatory fine, you 
could ultimately be imprisoned. 

Scary, you say.  But why is this a Second Amendment issue?  Under the 
Massachusetts plan, your MANDATED insurance carrier has to feed your 
medical data into a centralized database — freely accessible by the 
government under federal privacy laws. 

So… remember when your pediatrician asked your kid if you have a 
firearm in the home?  Or when your dad was given a prescription for 
Zoloft because of his Alzheimer’s?  Or when your wife mentioned to her 
gynecologist that she had regularly smoked marijuana ten years ago? 

All of this would be in a centralized database.  And all of it could 
potentially be used to vastly expand the “prohibited persons” list 
maintained by the FBI in West Virginia. 

How serious a threat is this? 

If it gets into the budget resolution the Senate will consider on 
Friday, it will be almost impossible to strip out later. It will be as 
much of a done-deal as the stimulus package was. 

We have asked senators to introduce language to prohibit such an 
individual mandate for socialized medicine that would violate the 
privacy of gun owners. In the absence of such an amendment, we are 
asking senators to vote against the budget resolution. 

ACTION:  Write your U.S. Senators.  Urge them to vote against the budget 
resolution if it does not contain language prohibiting a mandate that 
Americans buy government-approved health insurance against their will. 

Please use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at 
http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm to send your Senators the 
pre-written e-mail message below. 

—– Pre-written letter —– 

Dear Senator: 

A budget resolution that could end up requiring Americans to purchase 
expensive health insurance policies against their will is truly 
frightening. 

And equally alarming is the fact that such mandated health care coverage 
could easily become a shill for gun control. 

Potentially, anyone who does not have health insurance– or does not 
have the TYPE of health insurance the government wants them to have — 
will be forced to purchase “acceptable” health insurance and 
pay for it 
out of our own pockets. 

Based on the cost of comparable insurance currently on the market, that 
could cost $10,000 a year — or more. 

That’s bad enough. But far worse, such a “Massachusetts Plan” would 
MANDATE that an insurance carrier feed medical data into a centralized 
database — freely accessible by the government under federal privacy 
laws. 

Hence, a kid’s statement to his pediatrician about his parents’ 
firearms… or a dad’s prescription for Zoloft because of his 
Alzheimer’s… or a wife’s statement to her gynecologist about her 
regular use of marijuana ten years ago… could all turn up in a federal 
database and unconstitutionally expand the list of “prohibited 
persons.” 
Individuals would have no ability to opt out. 

For all of these reasons, if the budget resolution does not contain 
language prohibiting an “individual mandate” regarding health 
care, I 
would ask that you oppose the budget resolution. 

Sincerely, 

(your name)

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