Obamacare to Convince or Control?

June 16, 2010 at 08:44 (Constitution/Constitutional Issues, Health, News)

Whatever the intent (and I am suspicious), the devil is in the details. Even if this is perfectly legit now, it inevitably will not be in the future. This is an abuse waiting to happen. That’s the problem with people today. “But it seems like such a good idea!” It ALWAYS seems like a good idea. But try and think long term, shall we?

The online Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders says “behavior modification,” a controversial psychological treatment, can be accomplished through positive reinforcement or “punishment” – and now President Obama has signed an executive order specifying the treatment for all Americans, to be prescribed by government bureaucrats.

Obama’s order appoints members to a new government committee set up by the Democrats’ new health law that will evaluate, make recommendations about and establish rules for everything from how people exercise to whether they smoke to the food they eat and the medicines they use. And it specifically requires the committee list the priorities for “lifestyle behavior modification” that the government will pursue.

The encyclopedia report describes “punishment” as “the application of an aversive or unpleasant stimulus in reaction to a particular behavior.” Two experts who reviewed the president’s June 10 executive order establishing the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council say the plan easily could encompass exactly that.

Herb Titus, a veteran constitutional expert and lawyer, told WND, “The council is designed to basically implement future policy that ultimately everything will be governed by federal authorities, from food to dietary supplements to vitamins.”

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The council’s membership, including the chiefs of the Agriculture, Labor, Health and Human Services, Transportation, Education and Homeland Security departments as well as the heads of the Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Trade Commission, National Drug Control Police, Domestic Policy Council, Corporation for National and Community Service and others, also is alarming, Titus noted.

Most of those positions have no qualifications for making decisions about health care, so what would be their involvement, wondered Titus.

Could it be that non-compliance will bring down the wrath of those agencies?

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The council then will have to report to the president on what it has done, what progress has been made and provide a “list of national priorities on health promotion and disease prevention to address lifestyle behavior modification (including smoking cessation, proper nutrition, appropriate exercise, mental health, behavioral health, substance-use disorder, and domestic violence screenings) and the prevention measures.”

That paragraph alone raised eyebrows for those wondering what the government would do to demand “lifestyle behavior modification.” It also raised concerns over its reference to “domestic violence screenings” as well as “mental health.”

The order also targets most of the products that are promoted as natural supplements or remedies, demanding that all “prevention programs” be based on the “science” guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control, virtually eliminating anything that is not put through the multi-million dollar tests required of the federal agency.

Asked a blogger at Techimo.com, “Is this something we need to worry about? Is (sic) Obama and his ‘advisers’ attempting to modify our behavior through legislation?”

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