The Data Agenda

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

ACA Protection of 2nd Amendment Gun Rights

`SEC. 2716. PROHIBITION ON DISCRIMINATION IN FAVOR OF HIGHLY COMPENSATED INDIVIDUALS.

`(c) Protection of Second Amendment Gun Rights-

`(1) WELLNESS AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS- A wellness and health promotion activity implemented under subsection (a)(1)(D) may not require the disclosure or collection of any information relating to--
`(A) the presence or storage of a lawfully-possessed firearm or ammunition in the residence or on the property of an individual; or
`(B) the lawful use, possession, or storage of a firearm or ammunition by an individual.
`(2) LIMITATION ON DATA COLLECTION- None of the authorities provided to the Secretary under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or an amendment made by that Act shall be construed to authorize or may be used for the collection of any information relating to--
`(A) the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition;
`(B) the lawful use of a firearm or ammunition; or
`(C) the lawful storage of a firearm or ammunition.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

House Passes H.R. 307

Today the House voted 395-29 to move toward national and international biosurveillance. Previous vote: 383-16

Yes votes increased from 383 to 395.
No votes increased from 16 to 29.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Tuesday House Suspension Vote - International Biosurveillance

Tuesday the House is scheduled to vote on H.R. 307, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013.

Included in this bill is Section 204 on "Enhancing Situation Awareness and Biosurveillance" which requires the National Biodefense Science Board to "provide expert advice and guidance, including recommendations, regarding the measurable steps the Secretary should take" to "achieve a national biosurveillance system for human health, with international connectivity, where appropriate, that is predicated on State, regional, and community level capabilities and creates a networked system to allow for two-way information flow between and among Federal, State, and local government public health authorities and clinical health care providers."  (Full text of the section is below.)

If the purpose of this is to "achieve early warning and identification of such health threats," then an emergency is not required for implementing biosurveillance, and is, in fact, required when there is no public health emergency.