Wolf Blitzer: NRA-Pushed Provision Banning Doctors From Discussing Guns In Obamacare ‘Seems So Strange’
Dr. Sanjay Gupta joined Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s The Situation Room Tuesday to discuss a new and surprising provision in the Affordable Care Act pushed by the strangest of bedfellows: the National Rifle Association. The new provision is only five lines and would ban physicians from being able to document their patients’ responses to questions about guns.
Blitzer asked Gupta how guns ended up in Obamacare. “That seems so strange,” he said. Gupta noted that it was actually Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who got the provision into the Affordable Care Act. Gupta pointed out “it doesn’t specifically forbid doctors from asking patients about guns but it’s more about them being able to document it, being able to use this for research purposes.”
According to Gupta, the NRA’s position would be that they don’t want patients discriminated against for owning guns. “There’s no history of that ever happening,” he quipped, but that’s their argument. People opposed to the ban would say that asking patients’ about guns in their homes is “how we make things more safe,” similar to a physician asking whether a family has a pool in their home.
Watch the full clip below, via CNN:
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