National Oral Health Surveillance System

At this point in my wanderings through the “universal health care bill” being pushed by Sen. Dodd (D. Ct.), I thought a bit of levity might be in order. Either that, or my brain has turned to mush at only page 376 of this svelte 615 page proposed bill.

Oral hygiene is certainly a good thing.  At least that’s what my parents taught us…brush your teeth after every meal, use dental floss, go to the dentist at least twice a year.  But, this section seems to trump even my Mom and Dad’s advice with language like “oral health leadership” and “multi-dimensional delivery system for oral health”, and “verification of dental utilization”.

I’m not making fun of the program, simply the choice of words used to describe it.

Title III, Subtitle B, Section 313 of the Affordable Health Choices Act (found beginning on page 376) is entitled, “Oral Healthcare Prevention Activities”.  From the title, though, it almost sounds like they are trying to prevent oral health care, rather than promote it.  But, maybe that’s just me.

This section also includes funding for what’s called the National Oral Health Surveillance System.  I haven’t a clue as to what that is, as the proposed legislation is silent on that.  Just the words, however, conjure up images of a name more suited to a missile defense program or a covert CIA operation, rather than something dealing with oral hygiene.  But, apparently 16 states already belong to this “surveillance system”, so hopefully, someone out there could fill the rest of us in on exactly what it is.

The troubling part of this section, though, is the funding allocated to it.

There is authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary for each of the fiscal years 2010 through 2014 to increase the participation of States in the National Oral Health Surveillance System from 16 States to all 50 States, territories, and the District of Columbia [emphasis supplied].

To me that sounds like a blank check, and, I don’t like blank checks.  Unless, of course, I am the payee.

6 replies
  1. gillie28
    gillie28 says:

    "National Oral Health Surveillance System" – that's funny…obviously dentist "leaders" are going to be required to stealthily place spy cameras in our mouths. That way the government can monitor all the illegal hamburgers, fries and chocolate shakes we've found through the underground, fast-food restaurant "black market."

    "Oral Healthcare Prevention Activities" – instead of bi-partisan, this appears to be bi-polar. It looks like they are also going to provide us with activities to AVOID oral healthcare. A LOOPHOLE (or a loopy writer).

  2. gillie28
    gillie28 says:

    p.s. Sound off Sister, you're a brave woman to plough through the bill if that was a sample of how it's written.

  3. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    If the government sticks its fingers in everyone's mouth, we should bite back.

    Humor aside, it is purest socialism for the government to have its fingers in every pie in the country.

    Can we still say "Banana Republic" or is it now politically incorrect?

  4. BEA
    BEA says:

    …“oral health leadership” and “multi-dimensional delivery system for oral health”, and “verification of dental utilization”…

    I swear, if this is code for "PBO is in the market for a Tooth Fairy Czar" then I am packing my bags and leaving this country!!!

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