Mandatory Depression Screening is a Depressing Thought

ron_paul_nbRon Paul – Daily Paul

February 08th, 2016

The United States Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended mandatory depression screening for all Americans. The task force wants to force health insurance companies to pay for the screening. Basic economics, as well as the Obamacare disaster, should have shown this task force that government health insurance mandates harm Americans.

Government health insurance mandates raise the price of health insurance. Consumers will respond to this increase by either choosing to not carry health insurance or by reducing their consumption of other goods and services. Imposing new health insurance mandates will thus make consumers, many of whom are already suffering from Obamacare’s costly mandates, worse off by forcing them to deviate from their preferred consumption patterns.

Mandatory depression screening will not just raise insurance costs. In order to ensure that the screening mandate is being properly implemented, the government will need to create a database containing the results of the screenings. Those anti-gun politicians who want to forbid anyone labeled “mentally ill” from owning a firearm will no doubt want to use this database as a tool to deprive individuals of their Second Amendment rights.

If the preventive task force has its way, Americans could lose their Second Amendment, and possibly other, rights simply because they happened to undergo their mandatory depression screening when they were coping with a loved one’s passing or a divorce, or simply having a bad day. As anyone who has been mistakenly placed on the terrorist watch list can attest, it is very difficult to get off a government database even when the government clearly is in error. Thus, anyone mistakenly labeled as depressed will have to spend a great deal of time and money in what may be a futile attempt to get his rights back.

Mandatory depression screening will endanger people’s health by increasing the use of psychotropic drugs. These drugs often have dangerous side effects. Their use has even been linked to suicide. The fact that almost every mass shooter was on psychotropic drugs is another good reason to oppose any policy that will increase reliance on these medicines.

The Preventive Services Task Force’s mandatory depression screening mandate is based on the fallacy that diagnosing mental health problems is analogous to diagnosing cancer or diabetes. Even mental health professionals acknowledge that there is a great deal of subjectivity in mental health diagnosis.

Consider that until 1973 homosexuality was considered a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association. Today, some mental health professionals think that those who believe in limited government, free-market economics, or traditional values suffer from mental disorders. If mandatory depression screening becomes a reality, it is likely this mental health screening will be expanded to cover screening for other mental illnesses. This could result in anyone with an unpopular political belief or lifestyle choice being labeled as “mentally ill.”

Even if mandatory health screening could be implementing without increasing costs or threatening liberty it would still be a bad idea. Government health care mandates undermine the basic principles of a free society. If it is legitimate for government to tell us what types of health care we must receive, then it is also legitimate for the government to tell us what to eat, when to exercise, and even how to raise our children. To paraphrase C.S. Lewis, a tyranny imposed for our own good is the worst form of tyranny because it is a tyranny without limits. All who love liberty must therefore oppose mandatory depression screening, or any other health care mandate.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Nafsica (Sasa) Kelly on February 10, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    You Set your own priorities, decide what to do and when;
    Establish boundaries are a property line,give us a sense of limits as to what part of us and what is not part of us.They help us determine where we end and other begin, and what is our responsibility and what is someone else and protect us from being overpowered by others.
    People with weak boundaries aren’t quite sure who they are.Intimacy and the hunger of the heart; at first it may turn to feeling of anxiety and low self -esteem.If it remains unresolved for a long time, it may turn to depression .People go to the gym, and they think about what they eat, but they don’t think; I need to take care of my emotional health.Speaking as non National living in Ireland I think we live in a very selfish, hostile world.Dealing with difficult people is never easy.Midfulness is the way forward for dealing with depression and anxiety, and general wellbeing.The potential for midfulness to have an impact is limited only by the capacity of people to try it, embrace it and allow it to infuse their lives.Mindfulness could trasform our world, if enough people commit to as a way of being .Imagine the possibilities for peace if mindfulness were taught in every primary and secondary school, so instead of just learning how to pass exams and reach targest, young people discovered from early age how to be embedding thier learning in a frame of greater compassion creativity and awarness.
    Dependency and interdependency are endemic to the human condition.Those who receive much formal education are considerably advantage over those who receive thier education in elite institutiuons are privileged over those who do not Bordieu.
    Inequality is not a morally neutral subject becuase those who are subject to serious injustices experience serious damage and deprivation.We know the root of the problem According to America author Paul Willis’s working class kids during the process of schooling come to see themselves as not clever enough to expect highly paid or high status jobs in thier future lives.
    It is increasingly recognised that unless research and theory on inequality develop some means of working towards an amancipatory goal for those with whom it speaks there is a very real sense in which the research becomes another tool of oppression.Who benefits from Mandatory screening for depression ? Your health is in your hands. One of society’s greatest shortcomings has been the failure to teach children about justice.It is the failure to teach empowerment, about understanding and attitudes that drive equality and justice.Express yourself gain respect take control is your life if you fail to look after you fail in everything else, best of luck
    N Kelly


  2. […] in the real world, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (I’ll bet you feel safer already) has recommended mandatory screening for depression for all Americans — yep, all 300 million of us. Like if, after eight years of Obama, there’s anyone who ain’t […]


  3. Posted by Nafsica (Sasa) Kelly on March 12, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Develop your full potential

    Mandatory depression screening is a form of control, why not helping people to reach their potential it is more fruitful for all win-win outcome.for humanity.

    I hope the desire for self -improvement has not died in you.I sincerely trust that you have not arrived at the time when willing to take yourself as you are and put up with yourself until the end of your life.It is a bad state of affairs when one allows his spirit to sink.Pull yourself up!Get the thrill of making yourself better than you are! There isn’t a single human being who cannot overcome his weaknesses, resolve his conflicts, sharpen his mind, expand his capacity, and live an amazing life.How do you go about, we must consider our attitudes.
    William James, the great American psychologist, has said Human beings can altering their attitudes of mind.If you have an attitude of fear, hesitancy, inner conflict, the life will give you back fear hesitancy or conflict.The most meaningful this e ca live for reaching g our chosen goal in life.
    Take control of your life Don’t give others the power to affect your self-esteem and behaviour with their approval or disapproval.Decide for yourself how you feel about yourself.Don’t give others the power to control your goals.
    Best wishes. N Kelly


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