Congress Approves Mandatory Mental Health Screening

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) and his Liberty Committee failed in their attempt to withold funding from a program of mandatory mental health screening of children, and eventually all Americans:

Paul’s amendment would have removed the program from the Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2005. Ninety-four Republicans and one Democrat sided with Paul, while 118 Republicans, 196 Democrats and one Independent voted against the amendment.

As WorldNetDaily reported, the New Freedom Initiative recommends screening not only for children but eventually for every American. The initiative came out of the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, which President Bush established in 2002.

Critics of the plan say it is a thinly veiled attempt by drug companies to provide a wider market for high-priced antidepressants and antipsychotic medication, and puts government in areas of Americans’ lives where it does not belong.

Think about it. Do you really want the government to decide whether your child needs psychotropic drugs?

I don’t think so.

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