90 Miles From Tyranny : Doctors Being Encouraged to Ask Patients About Guns

Friday, January 16, 2015

Doctors Being Encouraged to Ask Patients About Guns

When Dr. Vivek Murthy was confirmed as the nation’s next surgeon general, politicians on both sides of the aisle expressed dismay. This was a guy who had come out forcefully in favor of gun control, having labeled firearms as a “public health threat.” But while Dr. Murthy has promised not to use his position as a bully pulpit for politically-divisive topics, the Obama administration is already using the healthcare system to intrude on private gun ownership.

Dr. Mark Kestner of Murfreesboro, Tennessee recently wrote a starting op-ed in his local paper. In it, he threw the curtain back on the political manipulation physicians are being subjected to. If they want to be reimbursed fully through Medicare, they must now ask patients: “Do you keep loaded firearms in your home?” According to Dr. Kestner, the response may be noted and collected by the feds. Patients aren’t required to answer, but the mere fact that...

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