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The National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council - Rehabilitation... Whether You Like it or Not
Friday, 06 August 2010 03:10
by Peter Chamberlin

Most Americans share a large degree of pride in simply being Americans, so it seems impossible to believe that we would simply roll over and surrender what is left of freedom to preserve a pay check or a prescription plan.  But that is just what has happened.   On June 10, 2010, Barack Obama signed an executive order which ordered the creation of a national behavioral modification regime and all we have done so far, is to bend-over and take it.

Apparently the American people are unable to tell when it is time to worry.  It is as though we possess neither hindsight nor foresight, the majority of us failing since birth to see what lies straight ahead us or to learn from that which went before us.  This makes us perfect prey for slick politicians with secret agendas—and that is all that our electoral process ever gives us.

On June 10, 2010, Barack Obama signed an Executive Order, Establishing the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council, which created the Public Health Council, which will establish and enforce government-mandated psychological and health standards for everyone.

Under the guise of “improving the health status of Americans and reducing the incidence of preventable illness and disability in the United States,” the behaviorists and the Marxist social planners have institutionalized behavioral control over all Americans as national policy.  The new Public Health Council will:

“...develop the national strategy…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 for the five leading disease killers in the United States.”

The Public Health Council  will rehabilitate you, to control whatever bad habits you currently have, which put you in danger of contracting   five chronic diseases— heart disease, cancers, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, or diabetes—if you want your Social Security check or your health plan to continue.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has determined that the  five chronic diseases "account for more than two-thirds of all deaths in the United States.”

The CDC has identified "four modifiable health risk behaviors—lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption—are responsible for much of the illness, suffering, and early death related to chronic diseases."

Look for private insurers to adopt the same standards for the insured.  This means that smokers and drinkers on any form of aid will be coming under under government pressure to submit to unspecified "corrective measures," among the most innocuous of which will be mandatory cessation programs.

Obama's order goes much further than eliminating tobacco and alcohol use, warning of “mental health, behavioral health, substance-use disorder, and domestic violence screenings.” This tells us that drug testing, physical and psychological evaluations are in store for all of us. The two remaining modifiable health risk behaviour factors, lack of physical activity and poor nutrition, have already been targeted in previous legislation (SEE: Obesity Rating for Every American Must Be Included in Stimulus-Mandated Electronic Health Records, Says HHS).

"New federal regulations issued this week stipulate that the electronic health records--that all Americans are supposed to have by 2014 under the terms of the stimulus law that President Barack Obama signed last year--must record not only the traditional measures of height and weight, but also the Body Mass Index: a measure of obesity."

"Under the 2009 stimulus law, health care providers--including doctors and hospitals--must establish "meaningful use" of EHRs by 2014 in order to qualify for federal subsidies. After that, they will be subjected to penalties in the form of diminished Medicare and Medicaid payments for not establishing "meaningful use" of EHRs".

At some point in the near future, the government will disrupt your present unhealthy lifestyle for your own good--no more bad habits will be tolerated from you and me.  Get set to be head-shrunk, drug-tested, enrolled in alcohol and violence treatment programs, whatever the widespread screening programs reveal about you.  Depending upon the degree of dictatorship that Obama and friends have planned for us, it is conceivable that the new direction into preventative health measures will take us into truly fascist waters (think DNA screenings to prevent future health issues leading to forced sterilizations and abortions for some health issues).

This radical new direction in preventive national healthcare eliminates the individual's right to choose how he lives his or her own life.  If this dictatorial order from President Obama is allowed to stand without opposition or challenge by corporate interests, or by a majority of the American people, then everyone will be held to arbitrary standards determined by the Public Health Council officials.  Total government intrusiveness will then have permeated every aspect of our personal lives, and there will be no going back.

Obama deals with all of our national and international problems as though he was running a Soviet-style command economy and he was the great dictator.  He has demonstrated over-and-over his penchant for making sweeping demands and punitive threats against those who refuse to bend-over and take it.

It is extremely disheartening to think that the survival of freedom today depends upon a bunch of overweight "couch potatoes," drunks, drug-addicts, chain-smokers and an assorted army of society's rejects getting off their lazy asses and disrupting American government.

peterchamberlin@naharnet.com

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