Jamie Dupree - WSB Radio

Second Amendment Health

The Democratic amendment to the health care bill that was rolled out this weekend has several pages about gun rights and health care, as gun possession pertains to “Wellness and Prevention Programs.”

It’s right there, starting on Page 5, with a section entitled, “PROTECTION OF SECOND AMENDMENT GUN RIGHTS.”

“A wellness and health promotion activity implemented under subsection (a)(1)(D) may not require the disclosure or collection of any information relating to–“(A) the presence or storage of a lawfully possessed firearm or ammunition in the residence or on the property of an individual; or “(B) the lawful use, possession, or storage of a firearm or ammunition by an individual.”

As is the case with many provisions in these bills, I would love to know who came up this plan, and the need to have it in the extra amendment offered on Saturday.

The gun issue has been bubbling out there, with notices like this on the web site of Gun Owners of America:

“The Senate’s 2,074-page health care bill doesn’t mention guns, but some gun owners are worried certain provisions could eventually be used to discourage or even restrict gun ownership as part of a government effort to influence behavior as it broadens its control over the health care system.”

This new provision would limit data collection on guns, and it specifically says that the ownership of guns cannot be used to influence the cost of your health insurance policy.

“A premium rate may not be increased, health insurance coverage may not be denied, and a discount, rebate, or reward offered for participation in a wellness program may not be reduced or withheld under any health benefit plan.”

Like I said earlier, I wonder who wanted this in the bill?