We told you it would happen. We warned you that if they got their paws on our health care they would start telling us how skinny or how fat we could or should be. Now, Mrs. Obama, the epitome of perfection in all things has started the ball rolling with her Fat Kids are a National Security Risk and it has snowballed into The Healthy Choices Act, which was introduced by introduced Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
According to a CNSNews.com article from May 13:
States receiving federal grants provided for in the bill would be required to annually track the Body Mass Index of all children ages 2 through 18. The grant-receiving states would be required to mandate that all health care providers in the state determine the Body Mass Index of all their patients in the 2-to-18 age bracket and then report that information to the state government. The state government, in turn, would be required to report the information to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for analysis.
The Healthy Choices Act–introduced by Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee–would establish and fund a wide range of programs and regulations aimed at reducing obesity rates by such means as putting nutritional labels on the front of food products, subsidizing businesses that provide fresh fruits and vegetables, and collecting BMI measurements of patients and counseling those that are overweight or obese.
I’ve mentioned the idea of putting the labels on the front of food products before; because obviously we’re all too stupid to pick up a package and turn it around. And it is absolutely terrifying to me to have the government mandating regulations and programs aimed at reducing what THEY determine to be obesity in children. What criteria are they going to use? Why my daughter was born, she was 24″ long and weighed 13 pounds, 6 ounces. The doctors never figured out what caused her weight to be so large; she never ever over ate as an infant either. I shudder to think what Madame Obama and her little group of representatives would have done with my daughter; considering she remained in the upper 95th percentile or higher for the first 2 years of her life; regardless of what she ate or didn’t eat. It was metabolic. But, will Obamacare take this type of thing into consideration? I just don’t know.
The article goes on to say:
Section 101 of the bill amends the Public Health Services Act by stating that health care providers must record the Body Mass Index of all children ages 2 through 18. “The provision relates to all children in states that accept grants under the bill,” a spokesperson for Rep. Kind told CNSNews.com. “However, it is important to note that no one is forced to come in for a doctor’s visit to get their BMI tested. BMI will be taken at times when the child makes an otherwise scheduled doctor’s visit.”
Okay, great! We take our kids in every 6 months to a year when they’re little. So now the Obamadocs will take out their little calipers and pinch inches on our kidlets and report to the government that we’re unfit parents, right?
To pay for implementing BMI data gathering, Sec. 102 of the bill states that the federal government will give grants to states that meet certain criteria, including having “the capacity to store basic demographic information (including date of birth, gender and geographic area of residence), height, weight, and immunization data for each resident of the state.”
The grants also will pay for personnel and equipment necessary to measure patients’ BMI.
The grants also require that if a child’s BMI is greater than the 95th percentile for the child’s age and gender, the state will provide “information on how to lower BMI and information on state and local obesity prevention programs.”
That part really creeps me out. I get visions of Big Brother, with a monitor in every residence, and a voice intoning, “Comrade, take that piece of bread away from junior. He needs a big piece of tofu….CAKE! NO CAKE! BEEEP-BEEEP-BEEEP”
Rep. Kind’s spokesperson did say that any reporting of the data generated from the information gathered would not include patients’ names. ‘Syeah, like I believe THAT.
The bill also requires HHS to share with Congress and other government officials, including the secretaries of education and agriculture, its analysis of the BMI data collected not more than one year after it gathers all of the data from states.
This analysis, the bill states, would attempt to identify obesity trends in regions of the United States and how those trends vary according to gender and socioeconomic status–although the bill does not spell out how socioeconomic status of patients would be determined.
On May 6, the bill was referred to the House subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
Of course the bill is not specific; it has to leave room for interpretation; ie. for the government to be able to grab more and more control. And why EXACTLY was the bill referred to the House subcommittee on Highways and Transit? Can anyone tell me that? This whole thing; this whole Obamanation is really starting (starting, I say with tongue firmly planted in my cheek) to give me the mega-willies. I think it will be within a year that we will look back at today and think, “Ahh, yes… back then we had it so good. We had so many freedoms that we took for granted.”
You might think I’m kidding, folks. Don’t. One final parting paragraph from the article I will leave you with:
At a press conference last week to announce the introduction of the bill, Kind emphasized it would help “busy American families.”
“Making the healthy choice the easy choice for our families is essential to ensuring our quality of life,” Kind said. “I am pleased to work on legislation that helps provide the opportunities that meet the needs of busy American families.”
My ass. If you’ll pardon the expression. They could not care less about the needs of busy American Families. If they cared about busy American families, then they would simply BUTT OUT.