The following is a reprint of an email I received, which I found to be quite alarming for two reasons. Firstly, because my in-laws live in Massachusetts and secondly, it happened shortly after the demise of Sen. Edward Kennedy. Do we really want to live like this?
The health care madness worsens
If you have read my e-alerts the past several weeks, you're probably shocked at the plans our government has for our health care. As shocking as these plans are, what you're about to read could be the most shocking news yet. There's no conjecture in the following facts. The websites belong to the stated individual governments.
The state of Massachusetts is in the process of passing a law that will mandate vaccines for the swine flu. This law, which you can read here:http://www.mass.gov/legis/bills/senate/186/st02/st02028.htm, requires total compliance with a state health "authority."
According to this bill, they get to decide the emergency, not you. Next, it allows those "authorities" to impose vaccinations. If you refuse, they can haul you away into quarantine. If you refuse that, you'll be fined up to $1,000 per day, and possibly be incarcerated in prison for 30 days. In such emergency, a "local public health authority" may demand entry into your home or business. At his discretion, he can "decontaminate" your premises, even destroy it (which is violation of the 4th amendment). He also can restrict people from assembling (which is a violation of the 1st amendment).
If you refuse to cooperate, you can be arrested without warrant (and if you resist - you can be tasered), upon the belief of said officer that you violated his authority. The attorney general of the state can impose price controls on medical care, (which is a violation of the 13th amendment prohibiting involuntary servitude).
Folks, this is real! And Massachusetts isn't the only state considering this type of law.
The state of Iowa has an internal document that was recently leaked on the Internet that follows Massachusetts example. It provides for a state round up of Iowa citizens who might be exposed to the swine flu virus. According to the Facility Quarantine Order, "The state has determined that quarantine in your home and other less restrictive alternatives are not acceptable." Then it lists mandatory provisions of compliance with relocation to a quarantine facility. The state has officially confirmed that the document is authentic:http://www.idph.state.ia.us/common/press_releases/2009/20090831_clarification.asp.
Some argue that these are just on the state level. But there's more. As if a central government takeover of medicine is not enough, there's a new bill in the House to worry about. If the House passes HR645, it will direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish national emergency centers, otherwise known as FEMA camp facilities. These will be on military bases. Here's the story: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-645.
Can you imagine what conditions will be like in a government-run detention center if an epidemic breaks out? I can. The images of the centers for Hurricane Katrina are fresh in my memory. We are now faced with a "determination" of your violation of rules that will be made by some "authority" in order to round you up. I simply don't like the sound of that.
There is growing unrest in this country over many things. There's the bad economy. People are showing up with vociferous opposition to a federal takeover of "health care" (i.e., disease management). The government is trying to scare us with the swine flu. And now there are reports of forced quarantines, mandatory vaccines, and outrageous fines.
There's an old saying. You can't cook a frog by throwing him into a pot of boiling water. He'll jump out. But place him into tepid water and gradually turn up the heat and he won't jump out. Folks, with the bill in Massachusetts, the documents leaked from Iowa, proposals to build internment camps, and the talk of forced vaccinations, my conclusion as a reasonable man is that we are very near the boiling point now.
Please remember. We are the creators of government in the U.S. Asleep inside the heating pot, we have allowed our creation to turn into our pressure cooker. I do not have the power to stop our servants from turning up the heat. You do. Please call and write your representatives immediately (you can find the information at www.house.gov and www.senate.gov) and tell them to stop this madness immediately before it's too late.
Yours for better health and medical freedom,
Robert Jay Rowen, MD