Fwd: Health Care Army

Date: Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 3:46 PM
Subject: Health Care Army

Maybe you will want to sign up for the "new army".

So, what does that bring us to? Well, take a look at what can be found on page 1,311 of that "health care" reform bill that passed on Sunday ...
Section 203 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 204) is amended to read as follows:
(1) IN GENERAL.-There 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 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.
(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.
[You Can Read the bill here: http://democrats.senate.gov/reform/patient-protection-affordable-care-act-as-passed.pdf ]


bendk said...

It's funny that googling this only gives me links to treeofliberty.com, freerepublic, and other tea party sites.



ferschitz said...

BooYAH! Wait for it (cuz it'll jus surprise everyone here): more rightwing nonsense pumped out by rightwing think tanks to rile up the credulous righties against anything that can be manufactured (whether true or false) against BHO or the Dems, etc.


Fake "Newz" Andrew Napolitano was railing against this yesterday, which is clue numero uno that it's bullshit and a lie.


There seems to be some confusion about how old the Ready Reserve Corps is; wait for Snopes to catch up with the research on it. Media Matters takes it back to teh eeevul Pres John Adams - horrid socialistcommienazitotalitarian that he was.

It appears the the Health Care leg, does in fact, contain some language about this corps, which has been existence for *at least* 60 years or longer. Of course, most of the posts are by contards whining obediently that if BHO and the Dems have amended this in some way, then it axiomatically means a priori that it is eeeevul and the end of life as we know it. The end.

Contards might be interested to learn that a lot of the pork added to the Health Care Leg was mainly added by Republicans, who demanded that the pork be added and then refused to vote for the bill, anyway.

Meh... anyone who believes that it's only Democrats who add pork and other items to legislation needs to wake up and learn what reality really means. This kind of junk goes on under any admin; I may not like, but I don't see giant conspiracy theories constantly. A few more tin foil hats might look well on conservative heads.

But the rightwing thinktank accomplished their goal. Whining victimizing conservatives ever at the ready to do their Pavlovian dog salivating....

Oh blah de blah dah... do dah do dah

Marc with a C said...

I'm pretty sure the Ready Reserve Corps are the guys who will be driving around the "Death Panel" vans in the near future.

You know? The golf carts with the guillotines mounted on the back?

Hooray4US said...

Conservatives quake in their shoes at the thought of a Ready Reserve Corps of doctors available to assist in case of disaster, but they fight to the nth degree to support the rights of Xtian Militias and so-called citizen Minutemen groups to patrol our borders and threaten to overthrow our government, while carrying actual guns and other weapons.

WTF??? Does. not. compute.

Oh right: we're not dealing with reality here. We're dealing with conservative fantasy land.

PS to Marc: good one! lol (about the size of it).

Anonymous said...

Apparently this is the code in question. Looks like just an expansion of the definition of the medical wing of the existing Army Reserve Corps to me.

It's depressing to think we would have to deploy reservists just to handle basic health needs in our own country. Best health care in the world!

ferschitz said...

It is a sad commentary on the "best health care system in the world," which is a lie and bullshit. This is indicative of how broken our health care system is.

However, it's not indicative that BHO is booga booga booga out to "get" citizens. Conservatives need to take a breath.

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