Many of you have been sharing this strange story with me, and if this was not the 21st century USSA, I'd be disinclined to believe it, but since it is the 21st century USSA, I pass it along with my own high octane speculations:
The first four paragraphs say it all, and are offering their own explanation for this latest expansion of "health care":
The United States Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended mandatory depression screening for all Americans. The task force wants to force health insurance companies to pay for the screening. Basic economics, as well as the Obamacare disaster, should have shown this task force that government health insurance mandates harm Americans.
Government health insurance mandates raise the price of health insurance. Consumers will respond to this increase by either choosing to not carry health insurance or by reducing their consumption of other goods and services. Imposing new health insurance mandates will thus make consumers, many of whom are already suffering from Obamacare’s costly mandates, worse off by forcing them to deviate from their preferred consumption patterns.
Mandatory depression screening will not just raise insurance costs. In order to ensure that the screening mandate is being properly implemented, the government will need to create a database containing the results of the screenings. Those anti-gun politicians who want to forbid anyone labeled “mentally ill” from owning a firearm will no doubt want to use this database as a tool to deprive individuals of their Second Amendment rights.
If the preventive task force has its way, Americans could lose their Second Amendment, and possibly other, rights simply because they happened to undergo their mandatory depression screening when they were coping with a loved one’s passing or a divorce, or simply having a bad day. As anyone who has been mistakenly placed on the terrorist watch list can attest, it is very difficult to get off a government database even when the government clearly is in error. Thus, anyone mistakenly labeled as depressed will have to spend a great deal of time and money in what may be a futile attempt to get his rights back.
Yes, that's right, mandatory depression screening, to be overseen by panels of the quackery known as psychiatry(which, incidentally, also has recently opined, Soviet-style, that beliefs in conspiracy theories, is a mental illness, unless of course, you were lucky enough to be on the 9/11 commission drafting the government's official conspiracy theory), could circumvent your access to a gun. And while we're at it, why stop at depression? Any number of mental maladies could do, vertigo, agoraphobia, you name it.
Well, you can see where this will go: with the entire population being diagnosed as mentally ill - and to be fair, it's looking more certain every day, if you've been following the presidential (s)election process and the lamestream American media - no one will be able to have a gun.
Now, while I share Mr. Paul's, and Zero Hedge's concerns here, I rather suspect the agenda is different, and that it's about more money for Big Pharma under the gusie of the new "health care" dictats: with everyone taking anti-depressants, possibly mandated by law, they make more money, and the drugged up, stuporific population becomese much easier to control as it if forced to pay for its own stuporification (if I may be allowed to coin that word).
But whatever the real motivation is, the end result is the same: welcome to the USSA, where we have no need for gulags. You're just psychologically ill if you oppose the policies of Big Brother. So we'll just throw you into a psychiatric hospital, where we've given former Soviet psychiatrists jobs as part of our jobs program.
See you on the flip side...