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Your Doctor May Ask About Guns But You Don’t Have To Answer

June 11, 2013 by  

Just because your physician asks a question doesn’t mean you have to answer.

Some questions doctors ask, either through their patient questionnaires or during examination, relate to whether there are unsecured guns in the home or about domestic partners and violence. The question about guns was introduced in the Affordable Healthcare Act, aka Obamacare. The question about domestic violence — which typically asks whether the patient is in a relationship in which he or she has been physically hurt by or is afraid of his or her partner — was introduced by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Answering affirmative to either of these questions could lead to gun confiscation, as is going on now in New York. That State has seen government functionaries rifling through patient medical records and comparing them with gun purchase or concealed carry permit records. Guns are then being confiscated under the State’s draconian gun laws.

But while the physicians have been given leeway to ask, remember you can decline to answer or tell the physician it’s none of his business. That holds true for any question the doctor asks that seems inappropriate. If your doctor pushes, find another.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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