*This post was originally posted April 23, 2012. Due to it’s popularity, we decided to share it with you again today! Enjoy!
There’s a hoax going around the Twittersphere that the health care reform act HR3200 (aka “ObamaCare”) requires everyone to get a chip implanted in their body.
This has already been quite well debunked over on Snopes:
The bottom line is:
The law does not require anyone to get anything implanted
It just creates a national registry of a huge range medical devices from pacemakers to dental implants
The intent of the registry is to collect statistic on how safe and effective the devices are
Here’s the actual bill:
And here’s what it says:
SEC. 2521. NATIONAL MEDICAL DEVICE REGISTRY.
‘‘(g)(1) The Secretary shall establish a national medical device registry (in this subsection referred to as the ‘registry’) to facilitate analysis of postmarket safety and outcomes data on each device that—
‘‘(A) is or has been used in or on a patient; and
‘‘(i) a class III device; or
‘‘(ii) a class II device that is implantable, life-supporting, or life-sustaining
There’s a little more about administrative things, but the above is the entirety of what the conspiracy promoters base their theory on. They get away with it in part because the language of the bill is rather complex and difficult to read, so they can basically make up whatever interpretation they like, and many of their readers will be fooled.
They then build upon this by claiming that a Class II device is a:
“implantable radiofrequency transponder system for patient identification and health information.”
When actually the three classes of medical devices have nothing to do with what the devices are, but are to do with how much they are regulated to ensure safety. For example:
Class III devices are usually those that support or sustain human life, are of substantial importance in preventing impairment of human health, or which present a potential, unreasonable risk of illness or injury. Examples of Class III devices which currently require a pre-market notification include implantable pacemaker, pulse generators, HIV diagnostic tests, automated external defibrillators, and endosseous implants.
Devices in Class II are held to a higher level of assurance than Class I devices, and are designed to perform as indicated without causing injury or harm to patient or user. Examples of Class II devices include powered wheelchairs, infusion pumps, and surgical drapes.
Most Class I devices are exempt from the pre-market notification and/or good manufacturing practices regulation.Examples of Class I devices include elastic bandages, examination gloves, and hand-held surgical instruments.
So the law simply creates a registry for this HUGE range of different medical devices.
Implantable RFID chips would be covered under the law, but that’s simply because they are one of thousands of devices that are classified as Type III or Type II implantable.
The law no more mandates you get a chip implanted than it mandates you get a hip replacement.