Tuesday, May 04, 2010

More crazy from the fringe

I have to admit, I've fallen behind on pointing out stupid things that wingers are saying, so I'm going to try to get caught up in the next little while.

Here's one you may have heard of already. Now that health care reform has passed, you probably want to be prepared for all its scary consequences.


Approved by the FDA, a class II implantable device is a "implantable radiofrequency
transponder system for patient identification and health information." The purpose of a class II device is to collect data in medical patients such as "claims data, patient survey data, standardized analytic files that allow for the pooling and analysis of data from disparate data environments, electronic health records, and any other data deemed appropriate by the Secretary."

Some of these people are so stupid you have to wonder how they dress themselves in the morning.

In case you're wondering, the provision of the law we're talking about does talk about registration of implantable devices. Artificial hips. Stents. Pacemakers. If you think about it, it is probably useful to know who gets them, so if it's discovered a few years later that the pacemaker you got was defective, they can come and tell you about it and maybe give you one that works.

And these are the people with supposedly above-average educations?

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