Government Wants Doctors to Screen All Americans for Depression – Everyone

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The US Preventive Services Task Force, or USPSTF recently recommended mandatory depression screening for all Americans. The task force wants to force health insurance companies to pay for the screening.

It’s not mandatory for adults – yet – it’s recommended. It’s still in abeyance for children.

The Annals of Internal Medicine established by The American College of Physicians set up a preventive task force to screen for depression in children and adults. They want to screen children 12 to 18 years and in some cases, even younger.

Not only is this the Thought police in action but it is the government coming between you and your doctor. The costs will be astronomical as the government gets to decide on treatments for you and whether or not your guns need to be taken away.

Some poor schlub who just went through a divorce or lost a loved one at the time of the screening could come up as depressed and lose their rights. The government could force dangerous psychotropic drugs on you or your child.

You could be labeled mentally ill by an incompetent Big Brother.

As Ron Paul recently wrote, Even if mandatory health screening could be implemented without increasing costs or threatening liberty it would still be a bad idea. Government health care mandates undermine the basic principles of a free society. If it is legitimate for government to tell us what types of health care we must receive, then it is also legitimate for the government to tell us what to eat, when to exercise, and even how to raise our children. To paraphrase C.S. Lewis, a tyranny imposed for our own good is the worst form of tyranny because it is a tyranny without limits. All who love liberty must therefore oppose mandatory depression screening, or any other health care mandate.

Seniors best be careful. The Social Security administration is looking to take their guns away. There is a Wellness form to be completed by recipients and they ask questions about whether the senior is sad, has enough help, and id able to handle personal affairs.

Boycott all answers like that on government forms. It’s the government and they’re here to help.

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  1. Sara,
    Every one of your articles is incisive and provocative — and this one ranks among the best. As a senior, I’ve already experienced these questions on medical and medicare forms — and certainly the questions are asked verbally by healthcare providers as they avoid looking the patient in the eye while typing his answers into the laptop computer they carry with them at all times.

    What an awful mess we are in — all thanks to our own public officials — the elitist do-gooders we ourselves have elected. When will America wake up? Sadly, the “dumbing down” is all but complete.

    • They could tell us what to eat or that we have to leave our smart TVs on so they can spy – if they can do this, they can do anything.

  2. They can tell us all they want, they can mandate all they want!
    I WILL NOT comply!
    They can not make you answer anything! Leave the questions blank! Is the Dr. Going to water board you?
    You have ” the right to remain silent “! If your Dr. Is going to act as an agent of the STATE, then the same rules apply! I would even suggest that Dr.’s read you your Miranda Rights before treatment!
    There is an old saying! ” even a fish would not get in trouble, if he kept his mouth shut”

  3. As I asked somewhere else – Shouldn’t we screen for severe optimism disorder? Why the emphasis on depression? One reason, of course, is that it’s a great way to identify malcontents, political opponents. “Are you sad?” “Yes.” “Why?” “The Democrats retook the Senate.” (Notation to patient file: Patient exhibits symptoms of severe untreatable depression, due to the makeup of Congress. Forward to all cognizant agencies, including ATF/NCIS).
    They just quit screening for HIV/AIDS on people entering the US because, well, can’t discriminate just because people might have a contagious, deadly disease. But USPSTF recommends screening US citizens for depression? Give me a break.

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