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From page A7 | September 27, 2013 | 52 Comments

EDITOR:

We are reminded of the seriousness of mental illness when national tragedies catch our attention, such as those at the Washington Navy Yard and the Connecticut school. But this issue should matter to us more often than just at the time of a tragedy.

Consider these statistics from mentalhealth.gov:

• One in five adults has experienced a mental-health issue.
• Half of all mental-health disorders first show up before a person turns 14. Three-quarters of mental-health disorders begin before 24. But less than 20 percent of children and adolescents with mental-health problems receive the treatment they need.
• One in 20 Americans lives with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression.

The Affordable Care Act will provide one of the largest expansions of mental-health and substance-use disorder coverage in a generation. Under “Obamacare,” insurance plans will have to cover a core set of services called “essential health benefits” including behavioral health treatment, counseling and psychotherapy. And, as part of what’s called “preventive services,” plans will cover alcohol and drug abuse screening and counseling, depression screening for adults and adolescents, domestic and interpersonal violence screening for women, and behavioral assessments for children.

Of great importance, health plans can no longer deny coverage or increase costs because of pre-existing health conditions, including a mental illness. The coverage for behavioral health services must be generally comparable with coverage for medical and surgical care. Plans have to cover preventive services without charging patients a co-payment or coinsurance.

So, when I read news headlines such as (Reuters, Sept. 19) “Republicans in the House of Representatives on Thursday plowed ahead with a bill to gut President Barack Obama’s healthcare law while temporarily funding other government programs,” I wonder about the mental health of some elected officials. Expanded coverage for treatment of behavioral health disorders under Obamacare in no way infringes on Second Amendment rights to own and use firearms. On the contrary, improved mental illness prevention and treatment services offer the real potential to intervene in tragedies before they ripen into grief.

JOHN BACHMAN, PH.D.
Placerville

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  • Dr. Jethro McSwiftSeptember 26, 2013 - 2:55 pm

    Dr. Bachman, my partner, Dr. Alfred Necessiter, and I are in the process of setting up shop just up the road from you near Perks Ct. With the ACA we expect an overflow, gang-buster business. With my shrinkology office on the north end of Missouri Flat Rd. and yours on the south end we'll be getting them coming and going. Happy days are here again!

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  • cookie65September 27, 2013 - 7:01 am

    So obamacare will help those who suffer from the mental illness of leftism?

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  • cookie65September 27, 2013 - 7:05 am

    We are reminded of the seriousness of mental illness when we see the mental midgets who keep getting re-elected. When we are told that a takeover of 1/6 of the nations economy needs to be passed before anyone knows what it says.

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  • cookie65September 27, 2013 - 7:37 am

    I don't think obamacare can fix stupid. Obama voters revealing their knowledge of government. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_JJLLfTR8I

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  • Paddy O'furnitureSeptember 27, 2013 - 8:47 am

    Can Daley's mental condition be treated under Obummercare? If so, I'm now a fan.

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  • O'bummerSeptember 27, 2013 - 9:27 am

    Dr Bachman, a proud Democrat who speaks on the greatness of government controlled health care.

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  • Jim RiordanSeptember 27, 2013 - 12:08 pm

    Obamacare and "affordable" should not be used in the same paragraph. Giving away more freebies to those who merely wish to have more babies to increase their public paid benefits has long since become "Unaffordable". If this government continues its out of control giveaways to non-producers and "bailouts" the Dollar will soon be "thrown out of office" as the World Reserve Currency and NOTHING will be "affordable" as we now know it, not even the food on the tables of families who actually work at "real" jobs, not government "make-work" BS jobs. Say, you don't suppose that when that happens the mental stability of darn near everyone will get worse, do ya? Give us a break. In this case I believe P.H.D. stands for "Piled Hip Deep".

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  • EvelynSeptember 27, 2013 - 12:51 pm

    BARACK OBAMA: GOP SCARED BECAUSE THEY KNOW PEOPLE LOVE OBAMACARE -- (3 min. video HERE) -- • The main message we have . . . let people make up their own minds as to whether it makes sense or not. • When people look and see that they can get high quality affordable health care for less than their cell-phone bill, they’re going to sign up. ********** Even Bill Clinton, observing Obama deliver his monologue, appears to be trying to control his gag reflex.

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 12:52 pm

    Evelyn, I thought Bill looked bored.

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  • EvelynSeptember 27, 2013 - 12:53 pm

    James: How did you manage that so fast????????

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 12:56 pm

    Evelyn, boy I don't fool around.

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  • EvelynSeptember 27, 2013 - 1:01 pm

    @ 12:51 pm: (1) "let people make up their own minds", but I.R.S. agents will come after anyone who says NO. (2) "high quality affordable health care for less than their cell-phone bill" -- No wonder Bill, who after all really is quite a bright boy, had to suppress his gag reflex.

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  • EvelynSeptember 27, 2013 - 1:03 pm

    On that one, James, I'd have to call you prescient.

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  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 27, 2013 - 1:34 pm

    Speaking of the IRS - . . . in January of this year, I woke up to find that my business’ entire bank account — more than $35,000 — had been wrongly seized. . . . LINK - For 35 years, I’ve run Schott’s with the help of my children and created dozens of jobs in our community. To this day, I still work seven days a week to provide for my family. The IRS has turned my American Dream into a nightmare. With my $35,000 unjustly taken, cash flow is now very tight. In the three decades I’ve run my shop, I have never had to pay a vendor late — until that week in January.

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 2:06 pm

    Phil, he violates no regulation or law and they take his money? Wonder if they gave him any explanation? Appears not. Strange: Why did you take my money? Sorry, no comment.

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 2:08 pm

    I would have written a letter to the Director of the IRS -- yo dude, what's up?

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  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 27, 2013 - 2:14 pm

    James, I expect his case to appear at FOX fnc.

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 3:15 pm

    Phil, there just has to be more to the IRS story. Guy has grocery store across from a bank. Why wouldn't he be making frequent small deposits? Doesn't make sense.

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  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 27, 2013 - 4:29 pm

    James, here's another write-up on the Terry Dehko IRS confiscation. ~~~ LINK - Assault by civil forfeiture: Column

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  • TerrySeptember 27, 2013 - 7:54 pm

    Dr. Bachman, the answer is not putting more kids on toxic drugs. Ritalin and SSRIs will not solve our problems. We move way to fast to prescribe the quick solution, a pill, to many behavior problems especially in growing children and teens. For those who have not studied SSRIs I suggest you read Irving Kirsch's book " the Emperor's New Drugs". Not only are these drugs not effective but the can cause permanent long term damage.

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  • cookie65September 28, 2013 - 7:12 am

    Phil, civil forfeiture is just another link in the chain to authoritarianism. As long as 350 million divided citizens lay down and take it, it will only get worse. The process leftism uses to achieve its end involves causing the weak to outnumber the strong. No nation can remain free when the strong do not outnumber the weak. Class warfare is instrumental in dividing and conquering a free people. We have at the helm of this country the greatest agent of class warfare this country has ever elected. And one who is fully devoted to transferring huge numbers of the population into the weak category. The short story is, those who would raise a ruckus over the IRS confiscating private property are becoming a shrinking minority and those who would support it are becoming an increasing majority. History repeating itself. My prediction is we are extremely close to the confiscation of retirement/savings/bank accounts. "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." -- Winston Churchill

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  • cookie65September 28, 2013 - 7:52 am

    Offshore IT service providers working on yo'mamacare? Shipping jobs overseas??? http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9242648/H_1B_workers_in_line_for_Obamacare_work

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  • cookie65September 28, 2013 - 7:56 am

    By the way, allowing the hiring of visa workers allows the government to avoid prevailing wage. The hiring of temporary visa workers "isn't due to a shortage of U.S. IT workers, but instead for the simple fact that those H-1B workers can be paid less than the market wage,"

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  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 28, 2013 - 8:14 am

    Cookie, what could possibly go wrong with foreigners inside our computers? I can't imagine.

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  • cookie65September 28, 2013 - 8:20 am

    Not to worry Dr. America's very own version of Pravda (nbc) is accepting the role of propagandists for an entire week to help the lofo obama voters navigate their brand new entitlement. http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/nbc-launches-week-programming-help-obamacare-succeed_757247.html

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  • cookie65September 28, 2013 - 8:23 am

    Phil, I hear Snowden is looking for a job. He is handy with IT. There is a story, I will look for it, of the "flushing" of secured background checks in order for those contracted to meet their quotas.

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  • cookie65September 28, 2013 - 8:24 am

    Here it is Phil, right out of the NYTimes. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/28/us/pressure-reported-in-rush-to-meet-security-clearances-including-edward-snowden-and-aaron-alexis.html?hpw&_r=0

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  • cookie65September 28, 2013 - 8:32 am

    I suspect James won't accept the report due to the source. Oh, never mind, it is only sites that don't support the messiah that are suspect. In the immoral words of dan rather, "it is the seriousness of the charge and not the nature of the (fraudulent) evidence."

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  • EllenSeptember 28, 2013 - 8:35 am

    Thank you Dr. Bachman, for speaking up in a county where you know the masses don't appreciate it. Emergency rooms do not treat cancer or mental illness. Thanks for speaking up on behalf of a good thing.

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  • cookie65September 28, 2013 - 8:55 am

    Ellen, james holmes of Aurora Colorado, adam lanza of Sandy Hook and aaron alexis of the Naval ship yard shooting all had access to first class mental healthcare and all were known to have reported mental illness. Not one of them was dependent on any emergency room for treatment.

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  • cookie65September 29, 2013 - 5:38 am

    valerie jarrett was able to return an artifact to her homeland as a suck-up gift. http://www.france24.com/en/20130928-rouhani-home-with-us-gift-silver-griffin-reports

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  • cookie65September 29, 2013 - 6:12 am

    The objective media (LOL) was successful in their never ending barrage at passing along their vile hatred for Bush to the low information masses. So after 6 years of it, the American people (who couldn't find the Pacific Ocean on a map) handed over full control of congress to the enemies of freedom. Through tireless effort the same agenda driven media was successful at selling a Marxists community agitator into the Whitehouse. So for two years the leftist/progressive/socialist/communists of the democrat party had virtually untouchable control of Washington and the slobbering sycophant media up their rectums to do anything they wanted. And in stead of addressing the many issues surrounding healthcare, they instead contrived and created an absolute abomination that is a disgrace and an attack on everything this country was founded on. obamacare is an insult to any thinking person. It should be a lesson to anyone with two brain cells to rub together that this self destructing, unworkable, government takeover of the best healthcare in the world was forced on a free people by the best and the brightest the left has to offer.

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  • cookie65September 29, 2013 - 6:31 am

    Here is a video from CNN of American citizens who couldn't find the Pacific Ocean on a map. http://newsbusters.org/blogs/brent-baker/2013/09/29/saturday-night-unintentionally-funny-video-zero-information-voters#ixzz2gHOLzYGM

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  • EvelynSeptember 29, 2013 - 9:02 am

    Up-column (Sept 27), comments on civil asset forfeiture. Hence, Policing for Fun and Profit HERE: "Nobody knows exactly how many citizens are actually victimized by this highway robbery. Estimates place the number of victims at over 100,000 cases per year."

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  • James E.September 29, 2013 - 9:28 am

    Cookie, Democrats were not in control for two years. It was somewhere around two months (78 days?). But, it makes a great Republican talking point.

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  • James E.September 29, 2013 - 9:30 am

    ADDED: And, it's the best health care in the world if you can pay cash or have "flawless Ruby" health insurance.

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  • James E.September 29, 2013 - 9:44 am

    I don't understand why Tea/Republicans so dislike Obamacare? Obamacare is a massive program that benefits the health insurance industry. Written by their lobbyists under cover provided by Senator Baucus -- a Republican insurance plan for the health insurance companies. Proposed by a Republican think tank and implemented at the state level by Mitt. So, what's to dislike?

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  • James E.September 29, 2013 - 9:47 am

    And, when I hear best health care in the world, I thing of two: Rush (cash) and Senator Cruz (flawless ruby health insurance). For them, it is truly the best health care in the world.

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  • James E.September 29, 2013 - 9:48 am

    *** think

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  • EvelynSeptember 29, 2013 - 9:53 am

    James: According to the World Health Organization, out of 190 countries, much maligned France ranks No. 1 for keeping their citizens healthy. HERE We are 37th.

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  • James E.September 29, 2013 - 10:08 am

    Evelyn, I watched the beginning and will watch the rest of it today. Yum, yum, lunch today will be green pepper, carrots, and a tomato. Then grapes and an apple. Yes, France rated as number one, but we shouldn't speak of it as many Americans hate France. They opposed Iraq and they may have been a bit mad when Congress changed french fries to freedom fries. Why do they hate America?

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  • cookie65September 29, 2013 - 10:25 am

    Evelyn, a little history on the world health report 2000 that did the rankings. http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/08/obamacare_when_socialist_theory_meets_practice.html

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  • EvelynSeptember 29, 2013 - 10:30 am

    Cookie: I almost posted with a cavaet. Point well taken.

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  • cookie65September 29, 2013 - 10:33 am

    James, I understand your position that the tea/republicans are the main opponents of obamacare but why is it that the loudest PROponents of obamacare are all screaming for waivers from it? Maybe the repubs should take it to court to force every last piece of the law to take effect as written on Jan 1 2014 without any of the changes or waivers obama has enacted unconstitutionally including ordering the Office of Personnel Management to supplement 75% of the costs of the clowns who wrote it. Let's see who is really against it James by making everyone equally subject to it. It is hard for your argument to stick James when those who wrote and those who supported it don't want to be subject to it.

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  • cookie65September 29, 2013 - 10:34 am

    James, as to your dems didn't have control argument. Did they or did they not pass obamacare without one single republican vote?

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  • James E.September 29, 2013 - 10:39 am

    Cookie, true, but were they voting against Obamacare or Obama? Remember the strategy decided upon by the Republican House and Senate leadership on the day President Obama was elected -- vote NO on everything to destroy him. True patriots all.

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  • James E.September 29, 2013 - 10:43 am

    Cookie, my position is that Tea/Republicans should be the main supporters of Obamacare. It's their plan. But, you are correct -- there should be no waivers.

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  • cookie65September 29, 2013 - 10:54 am

    Here is a surviving brain donor leftist senator from Maryland who refers to those opposed to socialists healthcare as "teabaggers". It is meant as an intolerant, discriminatory and insulting label meant bringing to mind what must be her true views of same sex marriage. What I find most fascinating is her belief that the American citizens who elected these "teabaggers" are somehow not entitled to be represented in the same way the pathetic leaches on society are represented by the likes of her. http://www.ijreview.com/2013/09/82248-unreal-dem-senator-barbara-mikulski-slams-tea-baggers-senate-floor-cloture-vote/

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  • cookie65September 29, 2013 - 10:58 am

    James, was hillarycare a non-starter because of obama? Is 60+% of America against obama? Those are the consistent numbers against obamacare. If 60+% of the people are against obama how did he get re-elected? Aside from the fraud and IRS sponsored voter suppression.

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  • James E.September 29, 2013 - 11:07 am

    Cookie, Hillarycare exploded because she designed a Rube Goldberg machine that no one could follow and the Congress unhappy that she was intruding on their turf. Sixty percent against Obamacare. Who are these 60% and why are they opposed? Older people who don't want their doctor's office clogged with new customers, thereby getting in the way of their access to their doctors. Younger people who don't want to have to join because they are healthy and will never get in a serious accident or have a serious illness (young and feel they will live forever). And, finally, those who are against it because they cannot stand Obamacare being a success. Take all those out, and maybe it would be 10% opposed to Obamacare.

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  • James E.September 29, 2013 - 11:13 am

    The term "teabagers" came from the Tea Party itself. When they discovered it might mean something else they quickly dropped it. So, when someone uses the term now is it because it's a slur or just the name the Tea Party established. Probably 50-50.

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  • Kirk MacKenzieSeptember 29, 2013 - 12:12 pm

    James -- here is a recent poll that you might find interesting and amusing on Obamacare vs the Affordable Care Act. It seems what you call it makes a difference in both directions. I've read of similar polls with similar results. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/09/27/poll-obamacare-vs-affordable-care-act/

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