Toxic Psychiatry + Obamacare = $Billions Looted from Taxpayers

Mental Health Services Covered at Parity
The ACA, in combination with the final rule released only last month for the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, are meant to provide equal treatment.

Starting January 1, all new plans, including individual and small group plans and plans offered on the Health Insurance Marketplace, must offer coverage for mental health and substance abuse on par with other types of medical and surgical care. …

A child who doesn’t like doing math homework may be diagnosed with the mental illness developmental-arithmetic disorder (No.315.4). A child who argues with her parents may be diagnosed as having a mental illness called oppositional-defiant disorder (No.313.8). And people critical of the legislation now snaking through Congress that purports to “end discrimination against patients seeking treatment for mental illness” may find themselves labelled as being in denial and diagnosed with the mental illness called noncompliance-with-treatment disorder (No.15.81).

The psychiatric diagnoses suggested above are no joke. They represent a few of the more than 350 “mental disorders” listed in the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), the billing bible for mental disorders which commingles neurological diseases with psychiatric diagnoses. Whether the described diagnoses are real diseases or subjective speculation, science is at the heart of the debate about whether lawmakers will require employers and insurers to cover mental illness on the same level as physical disease. …

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