Medicaid-defrauder and deveined gulf shrimp Rick Scott, fresh from
pulling out voluntarily removing America’s Wang from all non-mandatory provisions of the Affordable Care Act, suddenly cares about the sick people of his state again, provided they’re packing heat:
The 2011 “Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act”—one of a series of NRA-backed, aggressive pro-gun laws passed by Florida’s conservative Legislature in recent years—aims at keeping physicians from gathering information on patients’ weapons while discussing their health risk factors. (Decades of studies have shown that even law-abiding, responsible gun owners and their families have higher risks of death by gunshot when they keep a firearm in the home.)
“Patients don’t like being interrogated about whether or not they own guns when they take their child with a sore throat to a pediatrician, nor do they like being interrogated in an emergency room when their Little Leaguer broke his leg sliding into first base,” the NRA’s gun for hire in Florida, longtime firearms lobbyist Marion Hammer, told the Tampa Tribune last fall.
Scott and co. are right: patients don’t like being forced to endure ideologically-based, medically gratuitous obstacles to their health care. Now that we’re clear on that, I’m sure Scott’s conservative governor brosephs will be vetoing certain legislation immediately. (via Wonkette)