Tuesday, April 28, 2009

MSEHPA gives governors absolute power

I got this article from Mark at Reclaim.org

The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act (MSEHPA), recently enacted in certain states, will allow quarantines and forced vaccination, penalties for health care workers who don’t show up in a pandemic and strangely, this act also allows for the commandeering of drugs and firearms. Why would a gun-grabbing law be placed in a bill about vaccinations and medication confiscation?

Could state governors order the collection of all data and records on citizens, ban firearms, take control of private property and quarantine entire cities? The answer is yes. [1]

States that follow this “Model” will literally give their governors the kind of absolute power during a health emergency once reserved only for kings, queens and dictators.

The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act:

In response to the tragedy of September 11, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced its support for this legislation. The goal was to provide federal funds to states to encourage the enactment of legislation to prevent and detect bioterrorist attacks. Drafted for the Centers for Disease Control by academicians from the Center for Law and the Public’s Health at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities, the so-called Model State Emergency Health Powers Act was released on October 23, 2001.


Under this legislative proposal, once a public health emergency is declared, governors and state public health authorities would be granted greatly expanded police powers. While a few other actions are enumerated, I want to bring to your attention 10 main powers conveyed into the hands of only a very few individuals by this model plan.

Under the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act, upon the declaration of a “public health emergency,” governors and public health officials would be empowered to:

  1. Force individuals suspected of harboring an “infectious disease” to undergo medical examinations.
  2. Track and share an individual’s personal health information, including genetic information.
  3. Force persons to be vaccinated, treated, or quarantined for infectious diseases.
  4. Mandate that all health care providers report all cases of persons who harbor any illness or health condition that may be caused by an epidemic or an infectious agent and might pose a “substantial risk” to a “significant number of people or cause a long-term disability.” (Note: Neither “substantial risk” nor “significant number” are defined in the draft.)
  5. Force pharmacists to report any unusual or any increased prescription rates that may be caused by epidemic diseases.
  6. Preempt existing state laws, rules and regulations, including those relating to privacy, medical licensure, and–this is key–property rights.
  7. Control public and private property during a public health emergency, including pharmaceutical manufacturing plants, nursing homes, other health care facilities, and communications devices.
  8. Mobilize all or any part of the “organized militia into service to the state to help enforce the state’s orders.”
  9. Ration firearms, explosives, food, fuel and alcoholic beverages, among other commodities.
  10. Impose fines and penalties to enforce their orders.

As you can imagine, citizens across the country–at least the ones who were informed about it–were quite concerned about this model legislation. The American Legislative Exchange Council and other groups immediately began tracking the issue and reporting on how such legislation could affect citizens’ individual freedoms and property rights. As Time magazine recently reported, gun activists were some of the strongest and most influential opponents.[2]

As of April 15, 2006, 32 states have introduced 92 legislative bills or resolutions that are based upon or feature provisions related to the articles or sections of the act. Of these bills, 37 had passed. [3]

The only remaining question for American people is whether Executive Orders, and acts such as the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act and the Patriot Act II are imposed “in case of crisis,” or whether they are created as part of a pre-determined decision to dismantle Constitutional America. And either way, is this how we want to live? Is this what you call freedom?

[1] WorldNetDaily.com
[2] The Heritage Foundation
[3] PublicHealthLaw.net (PDF)

Thanks Mark!

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Bulldog115366 April 29, 2009 at 3:09 AM  

The conspiracy theorist in me smells a rat with this swine flu pandenic stuff. Yes, I know we need to be ready and able to defend against pandemics, but this one just doesn't add up....YET!!!! Oh, I'm sure I'll get called out on this one but the numbers just aren't there. The media is driving this one out of the park. I have a feeling that the prompter gang is using this to get our minds off of the crap that is going on with the bailouts and the economy. Yes, take precautions, be aware, be wary, and most of all be SMART!!!! The above post is kinda scary, don't you think??????

Anonymous,  May 3, 2009 at 4:48 AM  

Absolutely, Bulldog...
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