Shouldn’t We Screen For Severe Optimism Disorder?


During the meeting, President Obama dropped in and, according to Sarah Brady, brought up the issue of gun control, “to fill us in that it was very much on his agenda,” she said.

“I just want you to know that we are working on it,” Brady recalled the president telling them. “We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.”

The conversation that Sarah Brady recalls occurred in March of 2011.  That was nearly five years ago.  We submit that, the Stimulus debacle and Obamacare notwithstanding, the country was still a little bit naïve about the lengths Barack Obama was willing to go to in order to further his beloved “Fundamental Transformation of America”.




On January 4, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) moved forward on the Administration’s commitment to modify the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to expressly permit certain covered entities to disclose to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) the identities of those individuals who, for mental health reasons, already are prohibited by Federal law from having a firearm.

This modification better enables the reporting of the identities of prohibited individuals to the background check system and is an important step toward improving the public’s safety while continuing to strongly protect individuals’ privacy interests.

One can take HHS’s protestations that people’s privacy is still going to be preserved and the patient/provider relationship maintained and all that jazz with a grain of salt. One could also take literally HHS’s statement that people’s right to keep and bear arms would not “automatically” be taken away from them because of a mental health condition.  How good of them to assure that the process is not “automatic”! And by the way, “certain covered entities” would be your doctor.


Primary care doctors should screen all adults for depression, an expert panel recommended Tuesday.

In its previous recommendation, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which advises the federal government on health, had recommended screening adults for depression only when mental health services were available.

In its new report, the task force said this limitation is no longer needed, because mental health services are more widely available today than in 2009, when its last recommendations were published. Federal law now requires that private insurers cover mental health and physical conditions equally.

So this USPSTF outfit says that mental health services weren’t widely available a scant six years ago, but now, all of a sudden, they are? Boy, that was fast! And they weren’t sure about benefits of screening all adults, whether it would help them or hurt them, so of course it hasn’t been done, but forget about that concern, screening’s the way to go! And of course by primary care doctors, because of course they can get the goods on the vast mass of people that way. And any possible side effects or risks caused by any medications that might be used to “treat” people with depressions? Heck, don’t give that another thought!

Consider this: This is the same U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that told us all that screening for breast cancer was just totally unnecessary for 40-50 year-old women, and after fifty, they only needed a mammogram every other year. They went so far as to offer that too much screening could actually be harmful, could waste resources and false positives could instill fear among women.

Too much screening for a debilitating, depressing (absolutely no pun intended) and often fatal disease – cancer. But for depression? Get ’em all in there and have them start filling out questionairres and talking about themselves and by golly let’s get a handle on this depression thing because if people don’t know they’re depressed, and they don’t have the USPSTF to tell them they’re depressed, why we might be missing an opportunity to …….do something with the information we obtain from all this …altruistic and for the good of society …..screening.

And so the question begged is – is depression a mental…..condition? No, no, no we’re not saying illness, we’re not saying this, we ‘re not saying that, we’re not saying the other (and HHS says people with mental…..conditions ….aren’t automatically disqualified from having firearms so all you rightwing extremist conspiratorial gun nuts (sorry) out there can keep clinging….for now, heh heh!)

Look, there are a lot of other dots. We cherry picked just a few because in fact there are too many dots out there to keep track of. If you have any dots to add, feel free. What we would like to make clear, though, is that we’re not saying that Barack Obama sat down with his right-hand man Valerie Jarrett and issued a covert set of instructions to the USPSTF and HHS and ATF and the AMA and Chuck Schumer and that there is a master plan under lock and key somewhere to fulfill the promise Sarah Brady said Obama made to her.

What we are saying is that if it is your goal to get from point 1 to point 21, from where you are now to where you want to end up, you connect dots. Conveniently, the political landscape, the complicit media and the accommodating loyal opposition willing to ignore all the dots allow Obama to jump from dot to dot on his merry way. It helps that he has this coterie of enablers and eggers-on to assist him in giving The Nudge wherever it is needed. And of course it also helps that we now have socialized medicine in this country with agencies dedicated to reassuring today’s doctors and pretend doctors that they are free to share data with the government and don’t need to feel guilty about it.

Anyway, with 90 million unemployed, 47 million on food stamps, jobs disappearing faster than the speed of sound, what are the chances there might be a tad bit of depression out there in America? Not to mention a whole age bracket of women worried that they might develop breast cancer and not know it because this mission-oriented task force has convinced a whole bunch of formerly steadfast promoters of the value of early detection that women don’t need mammograms anymore. Yeah, they’ve got to get a handle on this depression thing, don’t they?
Sure they do.

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Crossposted at Grumpy Opinions

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January 29, 2016 4:26 pm

Nice writeup Bob, yes this is “for the chilllllren!” Of course it will be used as a political weapon. To make things worse, it would have severe unintended consequences and become a self fulfilling prophecy. The unintended, or perhaps intended consequence is that people who do own firearms might now delay getting therapy/treatment/diagnosis, especially returning vets. Because doing so could easily get you on the target list for confiscation of your self defense/2A rights, and not getting help could make things worse for some situation to happen. I can see the left drooling, just waiting for these cases to pimp… Read more »

January 29, 2016 6:18 pm

My mother told me just a few months ago her doc told her a mammogram and Pap smear isn’t necessary after age 80 cuz, well, cancer doesn’t happen when you’re that old. bs.

Lady Penguin
February 27, 2016 9:01 am

Everytime the government wants to cut healthcare costs, they’ll come up with a new AMA or CDC study that supports a study saying people don’t need certain tests or treatments. We’ve spent decades teaching women about the importance of early detection for breast cancer, just to see the government try to destroy all logic…

As far as the depression screening, there are countless drugs used to aid insomnia (of course, if one can’t sleep you must be depressed–not) which are also used to treat depression, so they’ll catch at least one third of Americans on that alone.