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The same administration that gave us the IRS scandal and the NSA scandal and lied to us about Benghazi wants to pry into our sex lives!
The non-Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is forcing doctors, under penalty of law, to ask each patient “Are you sexually active? If so, with one partner, multiple partners, or same sex partners?”.
Dr. Adam Budzikowski, a NY cardiologist, commented “This is nasty business, [such questions are] insensitive, stupid and very intrusive.” He couldn’t think of an occasion when a cardiologist would need such information but he knows he’ll be forced to ask for it.
There will also be questions about whether you’ve ever used drugs, including IV drugs.
Doctors and hospitals who don’t comply with the federal government’s electronic health records requirements forgo incentive payments. Starting in 2015, they’ll face financial penalties from Medicare and Medicaid.
There is one question that doctors can’t ask. Thanks to the NRA, Section 2716 of the Obamacare law bars the federal government from compelling doctors and hospitals to ask you if you own a firearm.
Shooting rampage at DC Navy yard.
I guess the gunman didn’t know DC has such strict laws against guns.
#2 Michael, on the contrary, haven’t the rights of DC gun owners been clearly established by Supreme Court decisions such as DC v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago? Aren’t you gun lovers constantly citing those cases?
Anyway you should put a more positive spin on things. The shooting rampage is a clear indication of the wonderful rights, freedoms, and liberties that we all enjoy as Americans. I mean, where in the civilized world does the very constitution of the land guarantee that a person can own as many different kinds of guns and ammo that he might possibly desire, and even carry it around with him, concealed but fully loaded? Why, in America, of course, the same exact place where most of these horrible mass-shooting tragedies transpire. Therefore, every time there’s a shooting like this, it just reminds us how fortunate we are, as Americans, to have all these rights and liberties. But why wait for the occasional mass shooting to celebrate our freedoms? Just read the paper any day of the week and you’ll see someone shot someone else or some child shot himself with daddy’s pistol. Every single one is a joyous reminder of those liberties that the Second Amendment gives us as Americans — oops I meant freedoms that were given to us by God himself.
#3 – Here we go again…blame the guns instead of the whacko doing the shooting.
Just like those who immediately started screaming about AR-15′s yesterday…without even knowing if the shooter used one (he didn’t). Or immediately screaming about more gun control laws (Like Dianne Feinstein) which wouldn’t have done any good in this instance.
The DC shooting was a terrorist act. That was the way it was initially handled and so that makes it a terrorist act even if a future investigation finds that the shooter was just mentally deranged.
It was a terrorist act because the result was the closing Reagan Nat’l Airport for a time, cancelling the Senate, cancelling a Washington Nationals baseball game, and the cancellation of several other DC events. That makes it the equivalent of a terrorist act.
The shooter was a nut case with several arrests over gun issues and a less than honorable discharge from the Navy. Once again it is a case of political correctness causing deaths. He should never have been allowed a security clearance to the Naval Yard.
This shooting was a case of not enforcing existing laws, not the lack of gun laws.
#.4…One of them even screamed about an AR-15 Shotgun. Anti Gun Nuttery at it’s finest.
#6 – You’re right, Jim.
Once of the posters on Casey’s blog yesterday was ranting about AR-15′s: “Another sicko loose with an ar-15 in dc . We are idiots for continuing to allow the sale and ownership of these weapons of destruction . ”
Facts? We don’t need no stinkin’ facts!
#5 John R I didn’t understand the political correctness connection that you’re making, can you clarify that for me please?
#8 Name, That’s easy!
It has been reported that the shooter recently called the police complaining of voices in his head and that he moved to different hotels 3 times in one day to escape those voices. He claimed that the voices were coming through the walls and ceiling. The police just made a report and the incident got neglected.
The guy was a PARANOID SCHIZOPHRENIC!
Years ago, before political correctness, the police would have taken such an individual to a hospital and he would have been admitted to a psych ward for evaluation and observation.
There was a time, before political correctness, that this type of individual could have been forcibly committed to a state mental hospital. Those state mental hospitals have been closed and these nut cases are on the streets, many are the homeless, some are dangerous.
5 – “It was a terrorist act because the result was the closing Reagan Nat’l Airport for a time, cancelling the Senate, cancelling a Washington Nationals baseball game, and the cancellation of several other DC events.”
One thing it didn’t cancel – while people were being killed at the Washington Navy Yard, Obama refused to let the breaking news interfere with his plans to attack Republicans at a previously planned speech marking the fifth anniversary of the 2008 financial collapse. Just like he refused to let the Benghazi tragedy interrupt his big Vegas fundraiser a year ago. Yeah, Obama is a real class act.
“The guy was a PARANOID SCHIZOPHRENIC!”
Gosh, now John R is a psychiatrist with ESP. Maybe you should stick with your actual speciality.
You forgot to mention that those state hospitals also used to forcibly give people electroshock, remove parts of their brains, take out their reproductive organs, and tie people down and abuse them.
Ah, the good old days of Ozzie and Harriet.
#11 – So tell us, gdad, what’s YOUR solution? Instead of mocking others for their opinion, tell us yours.
@1 John R…
John…please tell me that you are not living that far back in the dark ages so as to ask us to believe that in today’s modern medical practices, you’ve not been asked about your sexual activity.
For pete’s sake man…I’ve been asked that question by my doctors since the age of 18 and frankly if a doctor today doesn’t ask that question, I would consider him incompetant. The effect of sexually transmitted diseases on the population and the economy can be dramatic and costly for everyone.
Getting good information as to how to prevent the spread of those diseases (and they include but are not limited to HIV) can be a real weapon in combating those diseases. I beg to differ with your quoted cardiologist. It’s not “nasty” business at all but common sense. The same with the question about intravenous drugs. They are reasonable questions that any medical professional should ask regardless of who’s footing the bill for the care.
Now John, if you’re afraid of sharing something really juicy about you and your sex partner(s)….I’m sure that your doctor will be able to keep a secret. Frankly, I wish I had an active sex life…but since radiation and chemo…those miracle drugs just don’t let things work the way they used to.
If you can report a healthy sex life, be damn glad to report it.
I don’t know how things are going in Virginia recently with regard to state hospitals, but here in Alabama, they’ve just closed a good number of them so now patients are having to wait up to 6 weeks or longer before they can even get an evaluation…not to mention being actually admitted for care.
Our wonderful governor decided we didn’t need that many hospitals and wanted to reduce the tax expenditure for keeping them open.
Sounds like a familiar song doesn’t it? We gripe and complain about the cost of keeping the facilities open and in proper working order so we shut them down. Then when people really need them…there aren’t any. Reminds me of throwing out the baby with the bath water.
A gun wielding a deranged man killed all those people.
#9 Another thing you forgot to mention, John R, is the cost of hospitalizing those folks. Now some of the money could come from not putting them in prison, but then all those tough-on-crime Repubs would look like real softies and we can’t have that, can we? You ready for a tax increase?
BTW, I agree with you that some of these people should be in places where they can get help. But let’s see you convince your fellow right-wingers.
#13 Absolutely, Will. MY primary physician has been asking these questions for a long time, and other doctors grilled me about the same stuff when I was very sick 12 years ago. This is nothing new at all — and John R, given his profession, is either already quite aware of that, or he’s woefully behind on continuing education.
Doctors should be able to ask about guns in the home — since we know that people who live with guns are more likely to be hurt in accident involving those guns than if they didn’t have guns.
#13… I am 49 and have never ever been asked that question from my Dr.
and this is carilion.
#17 They can ask all day long and they would never get that out of me.
The lack of those kinds of questions from your physician can say several things, some of which might be considered funny….others are just plain bad. That being said, if your doctor has never inquired as to your sexual activity, then frankly, I would label him a quack because he/she is obviously not really interested in your total health and well being.
As far as inquiring about guns…my doctor and I actually talk about it frequently as both his dad and mine were avid quail hunters. It’s not passe’ conversation but just something we have in common.
Paranoia does indeed do strange things to people.
Could there be another reason for asking about your sexuality. There would be no reason for him to even ask me.
A dr. should never ask me about weapons in my home. His job is medical and has nothing to do with me owning a weapon.
That would be like convicting someone before a trial.
#17 “They can ask all day long and they would never get that out of me.”
Why, are you ashamed of the answer?
OK gdad, even if we hypothetically concede that your point is true, how is telling your doctor that there are guns in the home going to improve your medical care. Is “confessing” this “sin” somehow going to make it less likely to happen? Can the doctor prescribe a pill that will prevent gun accidents? I think the answer is clear. The least harmful possibility is that your insurance company will jack up your rates. More insidious is the probability that the government wants this info in an easily accessible database that people don’t think about when the topic of gun control comes up.
You can call me paranoid and I’m sure you will given the propensity toward name-calling when the argument isn’t easily countered, but if you can, please tell me how the doctor knowing ahead of time will change the treatment you receive or do anything to prevent a future accident. It is wholly illogical. If I also tell him I drive a car, am I less likely to be involved in a car crash?
21 – Not speaking for Herb (though I’m sure he agrees with this sentiment)…it’s none of his/her damn business or anyone else’s. And my extremely competent Dr. has never asked such questions of me.
My doctors have known that I am gay from the get go. I tell them that right up front.
The way in which you framed your question though may lead some to believe that only gay people have sexually transmitted diseases. I certainly hope that you are more informed than that,
Questions surrounding sexual activity can also be used in determining blood pressure issues, prostate issues and other things. You and I have our differences…but please tell me your doctor isn’t treating you like it’s 1950.
As for your guns…I could give a flip. It’s no skin off my nose whether you talk about them or not. My doctor and I happen to be friends as well so our conversations are certainly less sterile that perhaps yours are.
So owning a gun makes you feel guilty? Why would it be “convicting someone before a trial, to admit you have a gun in your home? You tell us.
If the doctor thought someone was depressed, or he was about to deliver some really bad news, or if the person seemed anxious and had young children in the house, if there was a separation, divorce or death recently, asking about guns or medications would be appropriate to the health of the person or their family.
As to sexual activity, the possibility of less than a monogamous relationship would be a hint to test for STD’s or to suspect they might be a culprit for some symptoms. Also sexual dysfunction happens in men of a certain age and they are sometimes reluctant to talk about it (and it can also be a symptom of illness).
Is this all really that far off your radar? Has your doctor known you all your life? Sometimes you all are entirely too reactionary!
Physicians don’t want to be forced to ask their patients certain questions that have nothing to do with treatment under penalty of law by the government.
Why do you trust the government with such confidential information? Why does the government need to know about an individual’s sexual life?
Can you answer me that?
It’s one thing to discuss confidential information with your physician but another to have it shared with a government bureaucrat.
If you don’t understand this unconstitutional invasion of privacy, you are a hopeless liberal who has no concept of individual rights.
@26 John R….
To answer your question, the government, either through the ACA or the current Medicare/Medicaid system will be footing the bills for treatment of individuals. Getting a handle on trends of illnesses, types of illnesses and the demographics of the patients with those potential illnesses can help plan from a budetary perspective.
What’s the difference in sharing that information with a government bureaucrat and some offlice flunky at an insurance company. Not a damn thing.
And frankly, if either wants to know about my sex life…let them have at it but honestly…watching paint dry on the wall might be more exciting.
Now you John…you might have some salacious details that might make for some interesting reading! Bring it on!!!!!!!
Still waiting for someone to tell me how confessing gun ownership to a doctor will enable them to provide better health care OR somehow prevent a future gun accident. Anyone?
As to feeling guilty about gun ownership, I would actually feel more guilty confessing the double cheeseburger I had for dinner the night before than I would gun ownership. The only possible thing either confession will do with regard to healthcare is allow your insurance provider to place you in a high risk group and charge you more money. And BTW, the cheeseburger is more likely to do harm to my health and raise costs for society than is the gun.
#27 – “To answer your question, the government, either through the ACA or the current Medicare/Medicaid system will be footing the bills for treatment of individuals.”
The TAXPAYER will be footing the bill.
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