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Americans are apprehensive about a stipulation included in the Affordable Care Act which implies the future role of microchips in the world of health care. NBC aired a news special focusing on the new technology.
The report highlights advancements in the realm of biotechnology, not only in the health care industry, but across all walks of life. Included in the special are several clips of Americans using biotechnology in everyday life: paying for bills and opening deadbolts with the swipe of a fingerprint, or passing through airports with only a retinal scan for identity verification.
Researchers at the University of Bath, in London, even think we could label several everyday items obsolete with the help of such technology.
“It’s possible to free us completely of our wallets and keys using biometric technology, if thats what people want in ten years time.”
Americans seem to be happy with many of these biotechnological improvements. The idea of having a device implanted in their bodies, though, has many biblically paralleling the idea to “the mark of the beast” in the Book of Revelation, where the devil (government) will be able to number and track all people.
So the technology is here, but with many concerned, what exactly was the original intention of the research?
The microchip is a result of President Obama’s “BRAIN Initiative”, a “bold new research effort to revolutionize understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury,” according whitehouse.gov.
“We can’t afford to miss these opportunities while the rest of the world races ahead,” said Obama after his introduction of the initiative.
The program has developed the chip, through the combined efforts of the National Institute of Health, DARPA, the National Science Foundation, and several private sector partnerships. The “RFID Microchip” will essentially serve as one’s wallet or purse (ID card, insurance, past medical history and all) when going to the doctor.
While it is not a mandatory requirement under the new health care law, the mere presence of the ambiguously defined devices in the legislation has many Americans uneasy.
According to the law, the purpose of the chip, along with the establishment of “a national medical device registry,” is to “facilitate analysis of postmarket safety and outcomes data on each covered device.” This includes class III devices, such as pacemakers, and class II devices.
So what is a class II device?
The FDA defines class II devices as “implantable radiofrequency transponder system for patient identification and health information.” In conjunction with mandates in electronic health record software (namely Epic), the devices seek to change the infrastructure of the American health care system by streamlining data and record transfer.
Certainly a job of epic proportion.
Written By Martin Defrancesco.