Rumor: Obamacare requires microchip implants

A Renesas Electronics Corp.'s microcontroller chip sits on a finger.

The rumor mill says all Americans will be implanted with a microchip that links to bank accounts and health records, under Affordable Health Care Act rules.

FALSE: It's not true. The Affordable Care Act doesn't require microchipping.

UPDATE:  "The 'Obamacare' RFID chips are currently being given a test run on the proud and patriotic citizens of Hanna, Wyoming," states a NationalReport.net story shared around the Web and mistaken as real by some. "I’ve had people call from all over the U.S., from citizens to pastors to doctors, asking if this is really true," Hanna Town Clerk Vivian Gonzales told the Casper Star-Tribune. But it's not true. It's satire. "All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news," reads a disclaimer at NationalReport.net, a satirical publication. "Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental."

 

ORIGINAL STORY:

A rumor seen around the Internet says all Americans will be implanted with a microchip in the hand or neck in 2013, under Obamacare rules, thus "making America the first nation in the world" to require a chip "for the purpose of controlling medical care," as Newswithviews.com puts it.

Some versions of the rumor claim the chips will link to bank accounts and health records, and make it possible for the government to track people.  

It's false, assures such myth-busting sites as Snopes.com and WafflesatNoon, as well as ObamaCareFacts.com, a site run by private citizens.

Where the myth came from

An early version of the Affordable Care Act bill made reference to a "registry" and a "device that is implantable," but the meaning of that wording was misconstrued by the rumor mill. Here's that dry section of the bill: “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 ‘(B) is a class III device; or (ii) a class II device that is implantable.”

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Don't worry, the term "device" means things like pacemakers or hip replacements, and section's wording is about making sure they're working correctly, Snopes notes. "Absolutely nothing in those bills required that patients receive any type of implantable device (microchip or otherwise) or authorized the government to mandate the implantation of devices in patients."

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It's irrelevant anyway. The final version of Obamacare passed by Congress doesn't even mention a registry. "Search the text of the law yourself. You won’t find any mention of a national medical device registry," says Irregulartimes.com.

Still, that doesn't placate everyone who believes the rumor. "Though the legislation itself does not mandate this technology be used," states TheNewAmerican.com, "the implantation of Radio Frequency Identification chips (RFID) into all persons within the government’s healthcare system for purposes of 'prevention, detection and treatment of diseases' is a primary objective of a number of government officials and industry proponents. Whether or not they will be successful in doing so remains to be seen."

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