Obama Unveils His 23-Point Plan

by Bigfoot on January 16, 2013

in Health Care Horrors, Janie's Got Her Gun

Earlier today, the president came out with 23 executive actions on guns.  Fire Dog Lake has the 22-page memorandum, at the end of which the 23 actions are listed.  Here are the directives, as released by the White House and reported by Fox News:

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.
11. Nominate an ATF director.
12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.
13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.
16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.
22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.
23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.
Some of these, in my own opinion, seem pretty reasonable.  For example, I have no problem with federal agencies and states making information available to the background check system (#1 through #3).  Certainly, the president should nominate a director an ATF director (#11), since he’s supposed to appoint people to head the federal agencies.  On the other hand, some are troubling.  What types of people, other than convicted felons and the mentally ill, would the Attorney General consider barring (#4) from having a gun?  Since the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors from asking about guns in their homes (#16), to what extent will doctors be encouraged or even required to ask this question, and to whom will the answers be made available?  When the CDC researches the causes of gun violence (#14), to what extent will politics have any influence?  I’m sure other questions could be raised.


Some reactions to today’s announcement:
Breitbart’s Big Government reports that one congressman is already worried that gun control and Obamacare are “intertwining”.
The Rolling Stone thinks that Obama’s directives are “a good start”.
PolicyMic thinks that they “won’t accomplish much”.
NY Mag points out that Obama did not sign any executive orders, but only initiated 23 executive actions and signed 3 presidential memoranda.

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