Rush says that Obama’s executive order that forces doctors to report to the federal government on their patients who have guns and may be behaving oddly may end up causing some people to snap. He says it’s pushing their buttons to have the people that they interact with to report to the government on them:
This is pushing people’s buttons on purpose. This is going to cause some people to snap – it might. This is going after the very reasonableness and sanity of people. Seems like the goal here is to get every body on some kind of list. And to have all kinds of people that we interact with end up reporting on what we do or say to them to the government, to the “authorities”.
The “authorities” – that’s a totalitarian word. The “authorities”.
Why is Obama doing this? Why is he deliberately making people so upset? What’s driving him?
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Here’s the text Rush is reading from so you can follow along (via Weekly Standard):
PRESERVE THE RIGHTS OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO PROTECT THEIR PATIENTS AND COMMUNITIES FROM GUN VIOLENCE: We should never ask doctors and other health care providers to turn a blind eye to the risks posed by guns in the wrong hands.
- Clarify that no federal law prevents health care providers from warning law enforcement authorities about threats of violence: Doctors and other mental health professionals play an important role in protecting the safety of their patients and the broader community by reporting direct and credible threats of violence to the authorities. But there is public confusion about whether federal law prohibits such reports about threats of violence. The Department of Health and Human Services is issuing a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits these reports in any way.
- Protect the rights of health care providers to talk to their patients about gun safety: Doctors and other health care providers also need to be able to ask about firearms in their patients’ homes and safe storage of those firearms, especially if their patients show signs of certain mental illnesses or if they have a young child or mentally ill family member at home. Some have incorrectly claimed that language in the Affordable Care Act prohibits doctors from asking their patients about guns and gun safety. Medical groups also continue to fight against state laws attempting to ban doctors from asking these questions. The Administration will issue guidance clarifying that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit or otherwise regulate communication between doctors and patients, including about firearms.