Health Care Reform, GOP Style

As if any further proof were needed that electing GOP condidates to office is akin to putting the lunatics in charge of the asylum, word comes from Florida that Teabag Governor Rick Scott is set to sign a bill that is… well, I guess, sorta the GOP version of Health Care Reform. And what does this bill entail? The bill would prevent pediatricians from asking the parents of their patients whether they have guns at home, and whether said guns are properly secured from their children.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is expected to sign a bill that will make the state the first in the nation to prohibit doctors from asking patients if they own guns. The bill is aimed particularly at pediatricians, who routinely ask new parents if they have guns at home and if they’re stored safely.

Pediatricians say it’s about preventing accidental injuries. Gun rights advocates say the doctors have a political agenda

For decades, the American Academy of Pediatrics has encouraged its members to ask questions about guns and how they’re stored, as part of well-child visits.

But Marion Hammer, the National Rifle Association’s lobbyist in Tallahassee, says that’s not a pediatrician’s job.

“We take our children to pediatricians for medical care — not moral judgment, not privacy intrusions,” she says.

NRA lobbyists helped write a bill that largely bans health professionals from asking about guns. Hammer says she and other NRA members consider the questions an intrusion on their Second Amendment rights.

That’s right, according to the NRA and Florida Governor Rick Scott, a pediatrician’s asking you if you keep your guns securely locked away from your children constitutes a violation of your Second Amendment rights. No… stop… read that again:  according to the NRA and Florida Governor Rick Scott, a pediatrician asking you if you keep your guns securely locked away from your children constitutes a violation of your Second Amendment rights.

The government imposing speech censorship on a doctor… for freedom.

Has this world gone fucking insane?

(Via Little Green Footballs, which, if you haven’t read it in a while, prepare to be surprised.)


I guess it’s time for FLA docs to use a new oath.

This is my rifle. There are many others like it, but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It is my health. I must master it as I must master my health. Without me, my rifle is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than socialistic healthcare, who is trying to kill me. I must shoot it before it euthanizes me. I will. Before God I swear this creed: my rifle and myself are defenders of my country, we are the masters of healthcare, we are the saviors of my life. So be it, until there is no healthcare, but freedumz.

Re: LGF – indeed. Apparently the main author was getting death threats after this article. Apparently the teahadis were incensed that someone they considered “on their side” might call them out…

The American Academy of Pediatrics takes the position that the absence of guns in the home would reduce firearms-related deaths and injuries. But they go further:

“A number of specific measures are supported to reduce the destructive effects of guns in the lives of children and adolescents, including the regulation of the manufacture, sale, purchase, ownership, and use of firearms; a ban on handguns and semiautomatic assault weapons; and expanded regulations of handguns for civilian use.”;105/4/888

@redmanlaw: But do you think they’re asking parents, “Now, did you purchase this gun at a gun show?”

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