Concerns About Obama Healthcare and Implantable Microchips

Fear of Obamacare Chip Implants

The Healthcare Bill more commonly known as ObamaCare has caused fear and consternation among Christians and non Christians due to a number of factors, but in particular HR3200 Sec. 2521, page 1,000 will establish a National Medical Device Registry.

A great deal of fear mongering is taking place and while I am a Christian. I do not like to see my friends in a truly fearful state without cause. I worked in regulatory compliance in clinical research for over two years during which time I gained a little knowledge about the protocol approval process. In an effort to discover the truth I spent some time researching medical devices on the FDA web site.

After reading the pertinent sections of HR 3200, pages 1000 -1008, I cannot find that such implantation of the VeriChip device or any other device will be required under this bill.


Implantable Medical Devices

People are getting many implantable medical devices. This is a look at the possibilities.
People are getting many implantable medical devices. This is a look at the possibilities. | Source

National Device Registry

This section states, “National Medical Device Registry from H.R. 3200 [Healthcare Bill], pages 1,001-1,008: (g)(1) The Secretary shall establish a national medical device registry (in this subsection referred to as the ‘registry’) to facilitate analysis of postmarket safety and outcomes data on each device that— ‘‘(A) is or has been used in or on a patient; ‘‘(B)and is— ‘‘(i) a class III device; or ‘‘(ii) a class II device that is implantable, life-supporting, or life-sustaining.”

In a nutshell, a Class II device is a device that requires additional qualification but not as much as a Class III device (like an X-ray machine). A Class III medical device is a device that is life-sustaining or life-supporting (like a pacemaker or a heart valve). However, another device has been approved for use and marketing under the Class III designation. This device falls under the category of an implantable radio frequency transponder system. The name of the device is VERICHIP HEALTH INFORMATION MICROTRANSPONDER AND POCKET READER. This device was cleared for use July 22, 2004.

Man getting chipped in his hand.
Man getting chipped in his hand. | Source

Radio Frequency Device

These devices are about the size of a grain of rice and can be implanted in the arm with minimal pain in about twenty minutes. This is not a tracking device but a device that contains a barcode of the individual's basic information that when scanned unlocks basic health information from secure databases in the health care system.

These devices are widely used in animals and by some people in Europe. Getting chipped is a new fad in the United States. The concern is that these devices could easily be used to invade personal privacy or used as tracking devices.

Getting A RFID Chip

Plan to increase acceptance and adoption.
Plan to increase acceptance and adoption. | Source

Researchers Best Practices

Speaking as one who worked in the health care community for many years, it is understandable that researchers are seeking a means to have available the basic information for people they treat. Seconds mean the difference in saving a life at times. I do understand the need. Before I left the research institute where I worked I worked on database protocols in an attempt to compile a database that would give researchers easy access to information without interfering with the privacy of the individuals.

I have no doubt that most researchers are absolutely interested in Best Practices and developing a means to make this information available in the speediest form without revealing private and personal information.

Example of a portable medical device for the national registry.
Example of a portable medical device for the national registry. | Source

National Registry

These devices have been around and in use for several years. Anyone who has been connected to a portable heart monitor (electrocardiogram) to measure heart rhythms over a period of days has used one of the devices described in the bill. Again, anyone who has used a portable glucose meter that stays attached to the body for several days has used one of the devices described in this bill. These are tracking devices and record the heart rhythm, or the blood glucose spikes and lows over a certain period of time.

Establishing a National Registry could be a good thing for getting speedy access to basic personal information such as history, allergies, and other necessary information. While I concede the need and the benefit of such a registry, I do have concerns that such a registry could be used against an unwary population. I am not a lawyer, so my reading of these paragraphs may fall short of the true meaning, but I do not see that this legislation requires the implantation of such a device.

Microchips

Demonstrating the size of an RFID chip.
Demonstrating the size of an RFID chip. | Source
X-Ray of a hand with a microchip in place.
X-Ray of a hand with a microchip in place. | Source

The Problem With the Microchiip

The Affordable Health Care Acts otherwise known as Obamacare has been rolled out. It is the law with opponents taking their fight to the Supreme Court where they lost their battle. That does not mean that it is a good law. So many problems have delayed the rollout that even the web site Healthcare.gov is not up and running. Many questions remain about this health insurance program which is President Obama's signature piece of legislation. We have been through a government shutdown where Democrats stood firm against the Republicans, but in spite of this many Democrats are calling for delay as they realize the opposition of their own constituents to this law.

The problem with the RFID registry is that people do not trust the government to limit the scope of the registry. When you share your personal information with the government most believe that there will be no going back to privacy. It is not a great leap from volunteering to get a medical microchip to mandatory microchip placement.

On Getting the Microchip

Will you be getting the microchip (RFID implant or the new skin type app)?

  • Yes, I think is is a great way to store information and will make it impossible for people to steal your I.D.
  • No. It may be convenient and more safe but my religious view of the world forbids it
  • Not sure.
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Not Getting the Microchip

I have tried to offer a neutral look at the Obamacare microchip legislation as well as the benefits of such a microchip. I concede it would be very convenient.

Whether this year or within three years. I will not be getting such a medical device implanted within my body. I believe it sets a dangerous precedent and is a fulfillment of everything I have believed would actually happen with the advancement of technology for most of my life. I concede the benefits but my religious concerns overrule health care in this instance. Everyone will have to make up their own mind about such things in the end.

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Eliete 3 years ago

US Healthcare costs are too high and outcomes could be beettr. Agreed. But why would putting government in control of these issues solve the problem? Free markets have time and time again shown their ability to reduce costs and deliver higher quality. So why is it that people trust the market to deliver cheap plasma screens, but when it comes to something ever more important like healthcare we all start to second guess free markets, to our own detriment? The reason healthcare costs are high and outcomes less than ideal is because of government, specifically the tax system that favors employer-provider coverage. This puts employers and their chosen insurance companies in the middle of most healthcare transactions. When patients aren't choosing their insurance companies directly, they lose their ability to discipline the bad ones through their choices. Similarly, when patients aren't paying for their medical procedures directly, even small ones (because of the ridiculously low deductibles employer insurance plans give), they have little incentive to discipline the healthcare providers to give cheaper and beettr service. In other words, the consumer choice model that drives the benefits we see in free markets has been taken out of the healthcare equation by government. The solution, therefore, is not to add another layer of government on top of this. Rather, the solution is to re-empower the healthcare consumer.It is very simple. Just fully privatize the delivery of healthcare and get rid of the employer-provided-health-insurance-favored tax system. Then provide healthcare vouchers (if we are feeling charitable), the size of which increases the poorer you are, with which to purchase health insurance. This addresses the problem of poor people not having access. But also leaves the market free to operate efficiently and compete for peoples $$s and vouchers.As to people with pre-existing conditions, the answer is charity. Insurance, by definition, protects against the *unknown* bad events. Once the bad event becomes known, however, such as upon being diagnosed with cancer, then we aren't talking about insurance anymore. Now we are talking about straight up charity, paying for someone else's known medical condition. We can set aside some money for this. But the solution is definitely NOT to mess up the health insurance market for everybody else, by trying to force what is charity into an insurance model (which is exactly what Obamacare does).VN:F [1.9.7_1111]please wait...


Tantona 3 years ago

Just a comment on what I beileve is a "current" result of Obamacare. I have Medicare coverage via an Advantage plan. This year, not only did my "co-pays" increase for specialists and ER services, but the real zinger is that MANY services which once had co-pays that were flat dollar amounts, e.g. $20.00, changed to "percentages." Whereas last year (and those preceding) I would pay $20.00 on a $400 dollar bill, I now must pay $80. Not so bad you may say, but my only income is Social Security which did increase slightly this year (following two or was it three years of no COLA), but the increase in my income would quickly be devoured by medical expenses should I suddenly develop a serious illness. It is my understanding that several hundreds of millions of dollars were "redirected" from Advantage Plans with the advent of Obamacare, and I suppose these major changes in my plan are intended to recoup those losses. (See next)


AverageJoe 3 years ago

This dear friends is the mark of the beast. Wake up.


Nana 4 years ago

I don't like this chip thing, is very weird and suspious fos a bad thing and they are making it seem like is for a MEDICAL CARE!!!! DON'T LIKE IT!! NO TO THE VERICHIP


Leilany 4 years ago

This is not true ok people god is on his wayc


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Smireles 4 years ago from Texas Author

In spite of having a good understanding about these devices it is a little disturbing because this makes it easier to move to another level in losing our privacy, which is the real problem. John Hamilton, the person of the Antichrist is not going to stand up and announce himself. He will be a man of peace who changes direction in midstep and becomes something very bad. I am a christian and yet, I love technology that makes my life easier. And I can see that it could be a trap for the future. Thanks for the comment.


john hamilton 4 years ago

It doesn't sound like the mark of the beast and he nvr said they were gonna kill u if u didn't get it and the bill hasn't passed so i think ppl are overreacting I wouldn't take it bc I don't want anytjing on or in me


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lararhea1 5 years ago from Houston, TX

Very informative and important reading! Thank you so much for the information!


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for reading, belliott. God has everything under control but sometimes we get nervous!


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belliott 6 years ago

Seems that most things are presented with good intentions. I am with you in that I would just as soon not use the implants. It seems like everything eventually gets twisted into a different direction from the original intent presented and I guess after observing that pattern time and time again I am suspicious are wary. Good job at looking at the issue objectively. Makes you wonder about the Lord's timeline, doesn't it.


Troy Davis 6 years ago

There is something about Obama that isn't right. I look into his eyes some times and his stare is shocking. There is no doubt this is going to be The Mark Of The Beast, and if you don't take it they is going to through you and prison and kill some people. There is no wonder Obama has The Beast on his Limosine. Revelation 13 Chapter, Inticrist will cause all rich or poor, free or bond to receive a mark in their forehead or right hand. I want take a microchip they can kill me. Just think how close we are to GOD coming back.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Smireless, Very good informative Hub! Government has a lot more control over us than one might think... It is Good to know that God has everything under His control! Thank you for sharing, In His love, peace & Blessings!


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Alexander Mark. You are right. This brings us one step closer to the mark. Thanks for reading and commenting. Blessings!


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Alexander Mark 6 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

"There is usually an element of good in everything that turns out bad." - Exactly right Smireles. Even if Obama "did it right," and gave us true socialized medicine, (the health care bill he pushed through only forces people to pay who cannot afford it), it would give the government more control over our lives and force people to pay into a system that tramples all over their beliefs (think: abortion).

I won't be getting any chip either although it is only the precursor to the mark in my opinion. I think that the "mark" the Bible talks about will be in some way so offensive to Christians that it won't even seem good to us like the chip can seem.


Sam  6 years ago

In this day and time we have to be aware of the things going on aeound us especially in our government.They pass bills with secret laws under the general public and call it for our own good. This hub is very imformative, THANKS


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

There is usually an element of good in everything that turns out bad. I have heard this was coming since I was a child and it still managed to shock me. No chip for me, either.


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djbraman 6 years ago

I understand the good it can do, but every good thing can be twisted to evil motivations, no chips for this Christian!


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Set's All Set 6 years ago from New England

So this is how they will implement the RFID chips ehh. The pieces are coming together nicely. They say conspiracy theorists needed to put on their tin foil hats when we bitched about myspace/facebook invading our privacy and data mining. Now myspace is selling huge blocks on info to insurance companies and marketing firms.

They said we were crazy when we were against the RFID chips. Now that they are trying to implement it with Obamacare, who is crazy now?

This has all been talked about for a long time.


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yocoleman 6 years ago from Ohio

Fascinating post! I'm with you. It has some good points, but looking long-term or even short with the current administration, something like this could easily be abused.


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Eovery, I don't like this idea, either!


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

I think I will stay with a card. I don't like this idea.

Keep on hubbing!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Smireles, Great job on this hub. I will not be getting a device implanted in myself either. Thanks for all your work on this important point.


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Tom, I found this one difficult to write. It is easy to allow personal bias to slant your work. My purpose was to ease the fears of some of my friends. I cannot say I have done that but it is important to know the truth and not rely on scare tactics from the uninformed!

William,

I believe we must look at the FACTS before succumbing to unnecessary hysteria. If the FACTS warrant it...so be it!

Thank you both for your comments.


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William R. Wilson 6 years ago from Knoxville, TN

Good job looking at the facts!


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Smireles,

I'm with you on this one. The only implants I will ever have would be a necessary life saving ot sustaining device. All implants are irritaions to the area where they're implanted and repeated irritations can cause cancer. Also the possible mis-use of these devices are obvious!!!!!

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