Facebook hoaxThis week’s installation of found on Facebook* is a photo accompanied by the claim that the Health Care Act “requires all US citizens” to have an RIFD implant that will contain “personal data heath and bank accounts.”

So where did eyebrow-raising claim originate?

With our favorite conspiracy theorist from Texas, Alex Jones.

In 2010.

Forget the national ID card, implantable microchips are coming to a clinic near you no later than 36 months after the bill is signed into law.

There was nothing in any version of the legislation that became the Affordable Health Care Act that requires US citizens to be implanted with an RFID chip.

How did this man get a national following? Why are there so many Americans who exhibit no critical thinking skills?

About the images.

One is a fake x-ray. The other is an RFID VeriChip introduced in 2007 for diabetics.

There are more details at Snopes on the specifics of the claim that the health care act contains this requirement. (It doesn’t.)

So, please. Don’t share the photo but feel free to share this post in a comment.

* This photo showed up in my Facebook as an example of conservative rhetoric. It had almost 40K shares at this writing.

KATHY GILL, Technology Policy Analyst
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  • ShannonLeee

    Hmm…can we volunteer for such a thing?

    I also like the idea of using fingerprints or retinal scans as id’s for health data, volunteer only of course. I would also like to use these methods to purchase goods, instead of my credit card.

  • rudi

    Health care doesn’t want a national database. When my father was alive, doctors and a hospital in New Port Richey milked his insurance with unnecessary and duplicate tests. Our family had to tell the doctors to END these tests and treatments. A real database (with detailed sharing) would put an end a this scam…

  • dduck

    As long as they don’t put it close to the chip the CIA implanted, as they may interfere with each other.
    rudi, sorry for your sad experience.
    SL, I would at least start with the national identity card, although I do worry that Big Brother will definitely be watching.

  • The_Ohioan

    dd

    I thought both chips were from the CIA.

  • The_Ohioan

    Yes, rudi, too many of us have had the same experience. Athough my mom’s doctor did the cutoff with consultation and agreement from her, others, even with medical guardianship, have had a terrible time with “not on my watch” doctors.

  • dduck

    Ohio, one is the Petraeus version (comes with secure email function) the other the Obama “Cradle to Grave” version.

  • LMAO at the comments Ohioan and DD… that is until my implanted chip gave me a quick jolt reminding me to not laugh at such things. Still learning the limits.

  • Enkindle

    I wanted one, but the doctor just looked at me like I was boomin idiot.