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This is just nuts (update)
Posted by: McQ on Sunday, December 07, 2008

I'm as big a gun enthusiast as the next guy, and I'm an adamant believer in your right to defend yourself by whatever means reasonably addresses the threat.

However, what you don't have the right to is my money, time or talent as a part of your "right" to defend yourself. Just as, if I'm a doctor, you have no claim on my money, time or talent to provide for your health care.

So while you have a right to defend yourself, you have the responsibility to procure the implement of choice for your self-defense by yourself.

But apparently, in its never ending attempt to subvert the meaning of a "right", the FDA, apparently, has found it within itself to classify a weapon as a Class I medical device, and something Medicare should pay for:
Several weeks ago you were kind enough to blog about the Palm Pistol. We thought you might be interested to learn that the FDA has completed its “Device/Not a Device” determination and concluded the handgun will be listed as a Class I Medical Device, exempt from 510(k) Pre-Market Notification in accordance with 21 CFR 890.5050 “Daily Activity Assist Device.”

We have now submitted an application to the CMS contractor Noridian for a DME (Durable Medical Equipment) Coding Verification in order to be assigned an HCPCS code. Once assigned , physicians will be able to prescribe the Palm Pistol for qualified patients who may seek reimbursement through Medicare or private health insurance companies.


Read the comments to understand how poorly the concept of rights is understood - "people with arthritis have a right to self-defense too?"

Yes. They do. What they don't have is a right to coerce someone else to pay for their chosen means.

UPDATE: I'm now advised the palm pistol has been "de-listed".
 
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This gun would be better marketed as the Kevorkian Special.
 
Written By: Candidus
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The system is nuts, might as well prove it in as grand of fashion as possible. I think this does. Only thing better would be paying for large print Bibles.
 
Written By: John
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Hah Gun Nuts Hoist On Own Petard!
So, guns are FINE, until someone starts horning in on your action eh, Dense Righties? People have a rright to defense until it costs ME money, eh? Whre’s your "compassionate conservatism", NOW!? So it’s not only gay, lesbians, womyn and People of Colour you all hate and wish to die, but also the old, the sick and the lame....Man just that just sound Soooooo familiar....arbeit macht frei anyone? You all can’t stand empowered Crippled People can you? You wait until Tuesdays "Pro Seminar" when I unleash on you...I’ll blog about it.

I say a National Health Insurance Plan that does not include Palm Guns, is NO National Health Insurance Plan at all!

No large Print Bibles...Seperation of Church and State...practice your Christianism on your own dime.
 
Written By: Joe
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McQ or somebody, don’t you think you should put a big banner on the homepage that says something to the effect of "NO, WE DON’T REALLY LIKE BUSH"? The number of people who comment on this site and think that "Bush did it!" is some sort of proof that you’d like it is sort of annoying.
 
Written By: Jeremy Bowers
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It’s not actually the right to self defense that Medicare is paying for; it’s the disability assistance device to allow the patient to engage in an activity that is part of daily living on the same basis, or as near as possible, as a non disabled person. And under a system that does some arbitrary things—apparently, Medicare would rather may a monthly "rental" for wheelchairs for years than pay one upfront lump sum, but will pay for no more than one pair of eyeglasses, and that only immediately after cataract surgery—just be glad that the bureaucrats instead of nixing it because OMIGOD ITZ A GUN! decided that guns are a part of ordinary daily life.

Of course, to criticize Medicare on the grounds that anything it pays for is not legitimate is a totally different thing.
 
Written By: kishnevi
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It’s not actually the right to self defense that Medicare is paying for; it’s the disability assistance device to allow the patient to engage in an activity that is part of daily living on the same basis, or as near as possible, as a non disabled person.
Class 1 medical device?

Justify that.

Hey, I know - I can’t drive a regular car because my back hurts but I want to go to the mall, allowing me to engagein an activity that is part of the daily living of others. How about classifying a van for the handicapped as a "Class 1 medical device" so you, er, Medicare can pay for it, ’kay?

Oh, and about that house I want ...
 
Written By: McQ
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People have a rright to defense until it costs ME money, eh?
Thanks for weighing in with usual,Joe. But actually, to make it clear...yes.

Your rights concern the control you exert over your own person or property. Once you involve another person’s life or property, you are no longer talking about rights.
 
Written By: Dale Franks
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A shame it’s such a crappy gun, or else I’d try and get one. :)
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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"a Class I Medical Device"

They are obviously working in concert with the anti-gun folks at the CDC and the AMA to find a new way to regulate, i.e. ban, guns. There is, after all, no constitutional right to bear Class I Medical Devices.


"allow the patient to engage in an activity that is part of daily living "

Not in my ’hood, it ain’t.


At first I thought it looked like an asthma inhaler. That could be awkward. They might want to consider changing the design a bit, including a written warning (something like the warning on a claymore mine perhaps-’this side towards enemy’), for product liability reasons.
 
Written By: timactual
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Actually it does look like some kind of inhaler. But perhaps that’s the desire. To have more gun accidents.

Honestly, if that was sitting carelessly around, I would be tempted to pick it up and try figure out what it was, including triggering it.
 
Written By: jpm100
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The story behind this is a little more complex than simply wanting this approved by the powers that be so it could be paid for by others. It was a thumb in the eye of the system that attempted to make this product even harder to buy by declaring it an Any Other Weapon (AOW).

As a certifiable gun nut, I don’t think this is a very effective form of self defense, but it definitely is better than nothing for those who cannot grasp a typical pistol.
 
Written By: Robb Allen
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I would say Dale needs a Class 1 Medical Device, for the humour/sarcasm impaired....
 
Written By: Joe
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Guns don’t kill people: arthritic senior citizens kill people.
 
Written By: Steverino
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It was a thumb in the eye of the system that attempted to make this product even harder to buy by declaring it an Any Other Weapon (AOW).
It’s also a thumb in the eye of anyone who thinks that one’s rights don’t extend to other people’s assets.
 
Written By: McQ
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Here’s my argument for getting a new toy at the taxpayers expense..

I’m a really bad shot, so although I can afford a decent handgun, it just doesn’t get the job done, so I require Medicare to pay for one these for me, which makes aim pretty much irrelevant...

M60 machine gun MARK 43

 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
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Captin, why that? I recommend the M40a1 106mm Recoilless Rifle with the APERS beehive round...6,000 or so steel flehettes. You don’t ahve to be agood shot with that...a little hard on the dry wall, mayhap.
 
Written By: Joe
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I recommend the M40a1 106mm Recoilless Rifle ...
What a great weapon. How old am I? Well I was a weapons platoon leader with the 82nd Abn Div and my AT section had 106s, that’s how old.

And anyone who has ever been on 106s can tell me where the spare woodruff key is stored. Any old 106 gunners out there?
 
Written By: McQ
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" I recommend the M40a1 106mm Recoilless Rifle with the APERS beehive round..."


Ooooohhhhhhhh.

I just felt a thrill run down my leg.
 
Written By: timactual
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Update - It no longer has that classification as a medical device. So you can all rest now.
 
Written By: Robb Allen
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Update - It no longer has that classification as a medical device. So you can all rest now.
Excellent - gotta link?
 
Written By: McQ
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Sorry - here
 
Written By: Robb Allen
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