The Health Care Bill & Obama’s ‘Private Army’

Apr 08 2010

“FEAR is an acronym in the English language for “False Evidence Appearing Real” – Neal Donald Walsch


Background

Google Health care bill and private army and you will find close to a million hits, almost all of which are the same one or two fear mongering stories about how the health care bill establishes President Obama’s ‘private’ army that has been so feared. Of course it is true if it is on so many websites and email chains going around. Except for the fact that it isn’t an army, isn’t private and wasn’t ‘hidden’ in the health care bill. More after the reprint of the main article…


Most Common Iteration

Obama Just Got His Private Army

Were you aware of the fact that the health care bill created a civilian army?

A Ready Reserve Corps for service in time of national emergency.
All commissioned officers shall be citizens of the United States and shall be appointed without regard to the civil-service laws (which means they will not be sworn to uphold the Constitution) and compensated without regard to the Classification Act 2 of 1923, as amended.

Remember when Obama said he wanted a “national security force”? Not the national guard, but a civilian one that has not sworn to uphold the Constitution?

Obama just got his private army… and no one seems to have noticed. It is buried in the Senate revisions to the health care bill.
Subtitle C–Increasing the Supply of the Health Care Workforce
Sec. 5201. Federally supported student loan funds.
Sec. 5202. Nursing student loan program.
Sec. 5203. Health care workforce loan repayment programs.
Sec. 5204. Public health workforce recruitment and retention programs.
Sec. 5205. Allied health workforce recruitment and retention programs.
Sec. 5206. Grants for State and local programs.
Sec. 5207. Funding for National Health Service Corps.
Sec. 5208. Nurse-managed health clinics.
Sec. 5209. Elimination of cap on commissioned corps.
Sec. 5210. Establishing a Ready Reserve Corps.
Subtitle D–Enhancing Health Care Workforce Education and Training
See the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, page 1312:

SEC. 5210. ESTABLISHING A READY RESERVE CORPS.

Section 203 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 204) is amended to read as follows:
SEC. 203. COMMISSIONED CORPS AND READY RESERVE CORPS.

(a) ESTABLISHMENT:
(1) IN GENERAL.–here shall be in the Service a commissioned Regular Corps and a Ready Reserve Corps for service in time of national emergency.

(2) REQUIREMENT.–All commissioned officers shall be citizens of the United States and shall be appointed without regard to the civil-service laws and compensated without regard to the Classification Act 2 of 1923, as amended.

(3) APPOINTMENT.–Commissioned officers of the Ready Reserve Corps shall be appointed by the President and commissioned officers of the Regular Corps shall be appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.

(4) ACTIVE DUTY.–Commissioned officers of the Ready Reserve Corps shall at all times be subject to call to active duty by the Surgeon General, including active duty for the purpose of training.

(5) WARRANT OFFICERS.–Warrant officers may be appointed to the Service for the purpose of providing support to the health and delivery systems maintained by the Service and any warrant officer appointed to the Service shall be considered for purposes of this Act and title 37, United States Code, to be a commissioned officer within the Commissioned Corps of the Service.

(b) ASSIMILATING RESERVE CORP OFFICERS INTO THE REGULAR CORPS: Effective on the date of enactment of the Affordable Health Choices Act, all individuals classified as officers in the Reserve Corps under this section (as such section existed on the day before the date of enactment of such Act) and serving on active duty shall be deemed to be commissioned officers of the Regular Corps. [Note here that those personally appointed by BO — without the advice and consent of the Senate — automatically become a part of the Regular Corps. Ed.]

(c) PURPOSE AND USE OF READY RESERVE:
(1) PURPOSE. The purpose of the Ready Reserve Corps is to fulfill the need to have additional Commissioned Corps personnel available on short notice (similar to the uniformed service’s reserve program) to assist regular Commissioned Corps personnel to meet both routine public health and emergency response missions.

(2) USES: The Ready Reserve Corps shall–

(A) participate in routine training to meet the general and specific needs of the Commissioned Corps;
(B) be available and ready for involuntary calls to active duty during national emergencies and public health crises, similar to the uniformed service reserve personnel;
(C) be available for backfilling critical positions left vacant during deployment of active duty Commissioned Corps members, as well as for deployment to respond to public health emergencies, both foreign and domestic; and
(D) be available for service assignment in isolated, hardship, and medically underserved communities (as defined in section 399SS) to improve access to health services.

(d) FUNDING.—For the purpose of carrying out the duties and responsibilities of the Commissioned Corps under this section, there are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to the Office of the Surgeon General for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014. Funds appropriated under this subsection shall be used for recruitment and training of Commissioned Corps Officers.

Again, I ask the question: Were you aware of the fact that the health care bill created another army? We can easily imagine what they will be ordered to do, including lethal injections (a.k.a. vaccinations) to “unworthy” people?

Whew, Nazi Germany all over again and it is happening right before our eyes, and right under our noses.


Reality

What this portion of the bill does is create a Reserve component to the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) that will serve in much the same capacity as the Reserve components of the other uniformed services. This is actually something MOAA has been a proponent of for years, as has The Military Coalition. What is the USPHS?

From their website:

What is the Commissioned Corps?

The U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is an elite team of more than 6,000 full-time, well-trained, highly qualified public health professionals dedicated to delivering the Nation’s public health promotion and disease prevention programs and advancing public health science. Driven by a passion for public service, these men and women serve on the frontlines in the Nation’s fight against disease and poor health conditions.

As one of America’s seven uniformed services, the Commissioned Corps fills essential public health leadership and service roles within the Nation’s Federal Government agencies and programs.

The establishment of a Ready Reserve component is something that has been needed for a long time, especially during times of war. With a large number of doctors, nurses and field medics of all kind deployed overseas for combat support, there is a definite need in the homeland for more medical personnel. The new law raises the cap of officers for the Ready Reserve Corps to 6,600. Their ability to help National Guard forces respond to mass casualty events and natural disasters at home is an essential part of emergency management. Their role is very explicitly laid out in the law, and although the unknown author of this piece can ‘imagine’ what they’ll be ordered to do, it just isn’t true.

What about the language of the bill stating that each member of the officer corps needs to be appointed by the president? Promotions in the uniformed services are almost always due to a recommendation from the DoD, approval by the president and congress. There’s no real difference between the USPHS officer advancement and the US Army. President Obama will not be looking to fill the ranks of the new program with his ‘operatives’, this is just how things work. The exemption clause is due to the very nature of the USPHS. Doctors, nurses and the rest of the medical community have a level of training that is expensive, so higher compensation is in many cases necessary to draw the best and brightest to military service.

The USPHS has been envisioning a broader role for some time, and that vision is captured in the 2008 report Blueprint for a Healthier America.


Conclusions

With such distrust in the American political landscape right now, people are more than willing to jump on board anything that will confirm their beliefs that President Obama is moving us toward a ‘different’ nation, away from democratic ideals. There will always be people that jump to conclusions rather than take the time to understand the true implications of the administration’s actions. In this case, there is nothing that is insidious or troubling to be found in this extension of USPHS. The hyper-partisanship that has been a cornerstone of internet, radio and cable news will not slow down. That’s why the posts on this blog have been few and far between lately.

But this one is just too far off the mark not to comment on. Eternal fear mongering is no replacement for eternal vigilance.

As always, FactCheck.org has an excellent article on this issue.


Discussion

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16 Responses to “The Health Care Bill & Obama’s ‘Private Army’”

  1. Brian Hillon 09 Apr 2010 at 9:57 pm

    This is horrible. This is treason!

  2. USWGO Alternative Newson 09 Apr 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Fidel Castro salutes Obama’s health care reform as ’success’…

    Havana – Historic Cuban leader Fidel Castro saluted the US health care reform promoted by US President Barack Obama, and described its approval as a “success” – if a somewhat belated one.
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  3. Matthew LoFiegoon 10 Apr 2010 at 10:01 am

    Brian, given your link and trackback (which I’ll leave in place in case anyone wants to see it), I doubt that you are looking at this with an unbiased set of eyes. Even if you aren’t, how could you possibly call the establishment of a Ready Reserve Corps for the medical wing of our military treason? Think about that for a minute. There is no rational justification for thinking that doctors, nurses and other personnel that qualify as officers in the United States of America would be part of a president’s private army. It just wouldn’t happen.

  4. Tamikaon 14 Apr 2010 at 10:24 am

    You said, “there is no rational justification for thinking that doctors, nurses, and other personnel that qualify as office in the United States of America would be part of a president’s private army. It just wouldn’t happen”…

    They used to also say: women could never vote, no US citizens would ever be held in a camp on US lands (WWII), no one would ever dare attack US soil.. a black man would never be president. Some said, “it just wouldn’t happen”…. well lookie look.

    Rational justification went out the window 10 years ago..

  5. Matthew LoFiegoon 14 Apr 2010 at 11:05 am

    Thanks Tamika, unfortunately I think you’re right about rational justification being a thing of the past. But I don’t really find any of the examples you cited as being rational predictions. I’m talking specifically about this bill, the language and composition of the reserve force and the comparison of it to treason.

  6. Robert Jacobon 17 Apr 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Idiocy in action. I’m noticing that the story hasn’t hit mainstream yet. Which means not even Fox can find any sinister plot behind it. This isn’t the gestapo you’re looking for…

  7. Mark RNon 28 Apr 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Good talk Matt!

    You are pretty much on track. I work for the Bureau of Prisons as a RN. I work with many USPHS Officers. And let me attest to this, a secret militia they are not… USPHS serves in many different area. Mostly they are stuck working the government medical jobs nobody else wants. Like in Federal Prisons, Indian Health Services, etc. I think they are also involved in the CDC and some other areas. They are all Dentists, Dental Hygenists, Nurses, Nurse Practioners, Pharmacists, Doctors, Medical Record Specialists, and I think even some Engineers. As far as a militia… they are not even allowed to participate in the firearms training here at the prison (mandatory for every other employee) because under their USPHS oath, they are to never knowingly or willfully bring harm to a human being. (Similar to the nursing oath, I think) I am actually thinking about transitioning to USPHS, but am concerned about being pulled away from my family when deployed for national needs. But on the other hand, I would like the opportunity to be dispatched to areas in need of emergent health care… kind of what I got inot nursing for. Anyways, I guess if the USPHS is Obama’s secret personal militia, then there are a bunch of middle aged overweight liscensed medical people out there just waiting to be called to arms!… as long as we don’t have to do push-ups and there is decent coffee available :)

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  9. Dental Recruitmenton 08 Jul 2010 at 2:42 am

    You mentioned on your post that, “there is no rational justification for thinking that doctors, nurses, and other personnel that qualify as office in the United States of America would be part of a president’s private army. It just wouldn’t happen”…

    As according with the @Tamika post
    They used to also say: women could never vote, no US citizens would ever be held in a camp on US lands (WWII), no one would ever dare attack US soil.. a black man would never be president. Some said, “it just wouldn’t happen”… Is this a rational justification you called, then its really bad for the World.

  10. Matton 09 Jul 2010 at 2:32 pm

    That is a bit of a false comparison, isn’t it?

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  12. Richard Dickinsonon 27 Oct 2010 at 1:40 pm

    A civilian military force answerable only to the President, buried in a “Health Reform Bill? You’ve got to be kidding!

    No wonder our Congress has reached a new low in the rating polls.

    November 2nd, 2010. Wake up America.

  13. Philon 02 Jan 2011 at 2:38 pm

    In your conclusion you state…

    ” With such distrust in the American political landscape right now, people are more than willing to jump on board anything that will confirm their beliefs that President Obama is moving us toward a ‘different’ nation, away from democratic ideals”

    No Obama is not trying to lead us away from democratic ideals. He is trying to lead us away from being a Republic into a Democratic nation. Everything the Soros lead Obama Administration, as well as the Socialiast Democratic Party is doing, is designed to collapse the Republic (this once great nation) and turn it into a Democratic nation. By manfufacturing crisis after crisis, which leads to ever increasing regulation, along with increasing government involvement into our daily lives, we grow closer to becoming that Socialist nation people like Obama, Soros, Van Jones, Ayers, Piven etc dream of. Just look at the OneNation ralley Obama urged everyone to attend. It was openly sponsered by the Democratic Socialist Party, Marxist and Communist Partys of America. And you want us to believe this is a good thing. Also, it’s my understanding that he is looking to develop this corps of doctors to total 500,000. Peacefull, healthcare professionals? Really? I’m not sold just yet.

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  15. Davidon 28 Jun 2012 at 8:12 am

    Keep sticking up for the ass hat.. Just be damn prepared!

  16. Davidon 28 Jun 2012 at 8:12 am

    Nurses? Bunch of Libs anywho, I don’t trust Nurses!

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