Genetic Profiling of Newborns

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Air Date: September 10, 2013

Host: JimSchneider

Guest: Twila Brase

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Twila Brase is the president of the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom. She is a certified public health nurse and a healthcare freedom advocate. She has given testimony before legislative committees on healthcare related issues and has been monitoring and warning about elements of the Affordable Care Act otherwise known as Obamacare.

Jim opened with news that when Obamacare passed in March of 2010, the administration published in the federal register 109 final regulations governing how Obamacare would be implemented. It adds up to 10,516 pages in the federal register or more than 8 times as many pages as those in the Gutenberg Bible. This means that so far the Obamacare regulations amount to approximately 10 million 516 thousand words and it isn’t finished yet.

If that isn’t eye opening enough, now it’s been learned that the federal government wants the genetic code for every baby.

Twila explained that there’s a bill in Congress to reauthorize the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act. This law gives a lot of money to the states from the federal government for newborn genetic screening programs along with funding for research using the data and the DNA from the children.

She also noted that the National Institutes of Health announced that they were giving 25 million dollars over the next five years to four institutions to develop a process to sequence the genome of newborns. This amounts to newborn genetic testing by the government. The process involves a pricking of the baby’s heel and the blood is dripped onto a card that contains special filter paper. That paper is sent to the government where it’s analyzed for about 32 conditions.

Does the government want this information to prevent a future disease? That may sound good but are false positives a possibility that may cause children to be treated in a way that’s unnecessary? What are the privacy ramifications? These are just some of the questions that will be answered when you review this fascinating edition of Crosstalk.

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