Is it time for the American people to embrace the famous words of Bobby McFerrin's song "don't worry be happy"?
In the case of the Affordable Care Act the Federal Government will have a National database that will contain:
o The health records of all Americans
o The genetic details of all Americans
o The mental health details of all Americans
o The racial details of all Americans
o The health habits of all Americans
o Other health details about all Americans
In the case of the Federal registration of firearms the Federal Government will have a National database that will contain:
o The gun ownership records of all Americans
o The type of guns owned by all Americans
o The types of ammunition owned by all Americans
o Other details about gun and ammunition ownership of all Americans
According to our "dear leader" and his party, if the American people will just give these little bits of information to the Federal government, he and the members of his party promise that these National databases will only be used for the common good and benefit of the American people.
So America "don't worry be happy" your government is hard at work making your life better every day.
Because there could be no other reason for them wanting to collect this type of data.
There are no such databases and no plans to create them. The National Firearms Control Act of 1934 prohibits the Federal government from collecting information on firearms ownership, and there is no effort to change that. It is not among the recommendations made by Biden or Obama, and it is not a part of any legislative efforts in Congress.
None of the health databases Froggie described exist and they are not part of the ACA or any other legislation, bill or proposal.
Froggie lies without shame. He does so consistently. You should view him with nothing but contempt. His word is worthless.
Just a little update regarding a Federal Firearms database.
The following are the 23 executive actions that our "dear leader" signed on January 16, 2013 (note the number of actions that relate to information collection and information sharing):
1. "Issue a presidential memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system."
2. "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."
3. "Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system."
4. "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."
5. "Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun."
6. "Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers."
7. "Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign."
8. "Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission)."
9. "Issue a presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations."
10. "Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement."
11. "Nominate an ATF director."
12. "Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations."
13. "Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime."
14. "Issue a presidential memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence."
15. "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."
16. "Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes."
17. "Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities."
18. "Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers."
19. "Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education."
20. "Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover."
21. "Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges."
22. "Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations."
23. "Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health."
Note that these exucative actions are in addition to laws that our "dear leader" wants Congress to enact.
Again "don't worry be happy" your Federal government has your best interest at heart.
According to the government's website regarding the ACA under the heading 2012, subheading "Improving quality and lowering costs", subsub heading "Reducing Paperwork and Administrative Costs" :
"The new law will institute a series of changes to standardize billing and requires health plans to begin adopting and implementing rules for the secure, confidential, electronic exchange of health information. Using electronic health records will reduce paperwork and administrative burdens, cut costs, reduce medical errors and most importantly, improve the quality of care."
subsub heading Understanding and Fighting Health Disparities:
"To help understand and reduce persistent health disparities, the law requires any ongoing or new federal health program to collect and report racial, ethnic and language data"
As far as a fire arms data base is concerned you are correct these types of databases are still in the talking phase and I guess we will find out just how intrusive they become.
So again I say to you "don't worry be happy" your government is hard at work making your life better.