Obamacare, microchips, the mark of the beast and March 23, 2013

Additional note: according to an email, Wyoming children have been implanted with RFID chips: pure rumor. Now that the date has passed, and no-one seems to be implanting us with microchips, some bloggers are now saying that as of March 23 the government COULD implant chips. Of course, anyone COULD do ANYTHING – but the original prediction is that it WILL TAKE PLACE as of that date. I invite anyone who has made that prediction to retract it and to rethink their method of predicting the future, based as it was on wild speculation.

Under Obamacare, I keep hearing, everyone will have to have a tracking device planted under their skin. The rumor even gives a date: March 23, 2013! Another version has it that all newborns will receive an implanted microchip. People even quote the supposed page number of the House bill, H. R. 3200.

H. R. 3200 may be read HERE. (This or any bill of Congress may be read here on the official website of the US Government Printing Office: http://gpo.gov/).

[NOTE: readers should also go to this SITE about the persecution of Christians]

Is this chip part of your future?

The relevant paragraph of H. R. 3200 (and remember this number!) reads:

National Medical Device Registry

(g)(1) The Secretary shall establish a national med-
10 ical device registry (in this subsection referred to as the ‘reg-
11 istry’) to facilitate analysis of postmarket safety and out-
12 comes data on each device that —
13        (A) is or has been used in or on a patient; and
14        (B) is —
15                    (i) a class III device; or
16                    (ii) a class II device that is implantable,
17                    life-supporting, or life-sustaining.

So, are we all to be given a biochip by the government? Let’s start with some actual facts.

  • The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as it was passed by both houses of Congress and signed into law, is numbered H. R. 3590, not H. R. 3200. 3200 was never passed into law (more about that, below). You can read the final bill H. R. 3590 HERE.
  • The section about a National Medical Device Registry has been taken out in later bills; that is, it is not the law of the land, nor has it ever been. Nor did “they” take out the paragraph because someone spilled the beans about the mark of the beast, because…
  • …in fact the “Registry” mentioned in the earlier version is clearly a databank that collects information about medical devices already implanted in people, such as pacemakers. It says nothing about any kind of biochip or memory chip nor in fact of any chip newly planted in the body to fulfill this law.
  • The language of the bill is not at all vague, as some claim, not if read by a reasonably intelligent person in context.

But, tales of conspiracy abound. (Search for my other articles “Christians and Myths” and “Christian Urban Legends” on this blog). Here are some tactics used by conspiracy theorists throughout the ages, and they all show up in this case:

1.     The “Nobody will bother to check my facts” Gambit.

Most people who talk about the microchip bat about the code H. R. 3200. “Read it right here, H. R. 3200 makes everyone get a chip so that the government can track you!” What they usually don’t tell you is that H. R. 3200, a bill that was introduced in 2009, died years ago: it never became law. People who claim to love and defend the Constitution really should brush up on Basic Civics, especially the part, “How a Bill becomes Law.” First someone proposes a bill, then they debate it, then they vote, then both houses of Congress vote, then the president signs it. Vetoes, reconciliation committees, filibusters, judicial review and other things aside, that’s the route these things take.

H. R. 3200 didn’t make it very far. Quoting it as if it were the law is simply a falsehood, which is a fancy name for a “lie”. Like the law or not, it is H. R. 3590 that is the law of the land, and no other draft, thought, notion have any relevance.

[Added note: I’m now running across postings that say that Ron Paul thought there were microchips “embedded” in the health care bill. The passage he supposedly quotes is, no surprise, from H. R. 3200. If Ron Paul really said this, I’m disappointed, I would have thought he’d be more careful with his facts; but my guess is that the use of his name is just part of the rumor, or that he said it before H. R. 3200 was left behind. I have seen him arguing against a national id card, with a GPS in it, on which point I’m in agreement with him].

[Added Note: I just saw where Chuck Norris was sounding the alarm because the Act might lead to microchips. If in fact it was Chuck Norris who wrote the column – and Chuck, I hope you didn’t – he hadn’t apparently read the available data.]

In addition, people complain about the length of the final law, which runs to close to 1000 pages. That’s hardly surprising, by the way, given that it dealt with such a wide-ranging topic. But conspiracy theorist exclaim that the mark of the beast was purposely hidden so that lawmakers would not read it! Well, I’ve skimmed the whole document and studied the relevant passage in its context – you can too, if you are interested. Don’t depend on some self-styled “expert” to tell you what it says or what it means. (By the way, I like Snopes.com and read their brief entry on this topic, but I wouldn’t depend on their data or their interpretation either).

2.     The “It doesn’t matter what is the precise language of the final version, we know it has to do with the mark of the beast” Tactic.

What the original – not final – bill shows that in 2009 someone had the idea of keeping track of how well “implantable, life-supporting, life-sustaining” devices worked over the long haul. That meant a data base, in which patients would participate voluntarily, would keep track of product quality. That way it could be determined if, say, Medtronik’s Adapta brand pacemaker was of better quality than Vilatron’s T-Series. The bill made NO reference to any other implant other than the medical hardware itself.

There are those who will say, “Well, the language has been left intentionally vague”; or “What if biochips were suddenly reclassified as Class III devices??” Well, “what if” is a game of the imagination, but it does nothing to prove, indicate or even hint at some newly-implanted microchip.

From the things I have read, it looks as if it will be private enterprise, rather than the federal government, that might promote microchips in the future. We should reject them if they become an issue.

3.     The “Quoting a rumor as if it were news” Trick.

One writer breathlessly stated in July, 2012: “A major news story broke on AOL and countless other mainstream news media outlets, this past week, that the Obama Health Care Bill will require all U.S. citizens and babies to receive a microchip or Medchip by March 23, 2013.” He is literally correct, there was a story. On the other hand, what he doesn’t tell you is that the news story was that this same writer and others were claiming that everyone would have to receive a chip, not that it was going to happen. This neat trick is about the same as when some weight loss program trumpets “As seen in the NY Times and other major news organs,” when it was the company itself that had taken out ads in those papers. For more see: http://patriotupdate.com/26712/666-every-american-to-be-microchipped-in-2013-per-obamacare#ixzz27nTQKdJS

4.     The “If you don’t see it on mainstream media, it’s because there’s a cover-up” conspiracy logic.

In this case, the absence of evidence is taken as evidence that evidence existed and then was destroyed. The same logic is used to prove that President Bush engineered the 9-11 attacks, or that the absence of pictures of the chupacabra (look it up!) is itself proof that the monster exists. Notice that the biochip theorists use two contradictory claims (It’s in the media! and It’s not in the media!) without blinking an eye.

5.     The “If it’s on YouTube, it’s got to be true!” myth.

I just got back from teaching in a country that has limited internet and restricted contact with the rest of the world. They were in a panic because of the coming biochip. I told them, “Don’t worry about it, I’ve looked up the relevant facts, and it’s just a rumor.” “But…but…but,” one person replied, “I saw it on a video!” “I’m sure you did, but that doesn’t make it true!” “But, it was on a video, I saw it!”

Why is it that if a guy can scrape together a few dollars and some scary pictures, and puts a video on YouTube, suddenly he’s an expert?

I don’t like to have to take time from my work to write out blogs about myths. Nevertheless, everyone I talk to seems to have heard the biochip story, and I think I should do the necessary research to check out its validity. Too many people are being stirred up unnecessarily. Besides, I don’t want any “mark of the beast” or any implant, so I want to know for my own sake as well as the sake of my friends and readers.

6.     The “Echo Chamber” Effect.

A man named Paul McGuire wrote a book called Are you ready for the microchip? He was quoted in many blogs, meaning that the idea of the medichip was soon echoing all over the internet. The careful reader should be aware, however, that he or she is not hearing multiple sources of authority for a medichip, but rather one and the same rumor, but coming from many directions.

7.     The “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda” Speculation. Beware of vague language, such as:

“The technology now exists by which every person could have a microchip implant.”

“Obama could push for everyone to have such a chip.”

And even: “Obama probably would have and could have made everyone get a chip, but vigilant people such as I saved the day!” (With the implication: And if I was that important in these chain of events, shouldn’t you take what I say as the truth the next time?)

This website http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=219107208118645 took my breath away, since it admitted that House Bill H. R. 3200 was never passed and is not the law of the land. But it doesn’t matter, because “While this particular bill was rejected, the fact remains that microchipping of civillians [sic] was still the intent.” Strange conclusion, since there is no reference to microchip implants in H. R. 3200!

8.     The “Can you prove it ISN’T going to happen?” logic.

This is a classic, but a point that we should all have learned in Logic 101. “Can you PROVE that the moon isn’t made of cheese?” No. “Can you PROVE that there isn’t a Tooth Fairy?” No, because logic tells us that you can’t demonstrate a negative in that fashion. It proves nothing.

9. The “You and I know the truth, the everyone else is a sheep” Flattery.

A favorite illustration is the Holocaust parallel. The logic runs like this:

  • People in 1930’s Germany weren’t in a panic about Nazism.
  • And disaster befell them.
  • People today aren’t in a panic about the Obama chip.
  • Therefore the chip is real and disaster will come because of our apathy.

This sort of logic proves nothing either for or against the Obama chip theory. In fact, there was ample evidence for anyone who read Mein Kampf that Hitler was going to try to wipe out European Jewry. People didn’t need websites to twist a couple of phrases around to predict his plan, the way they have to with the mythical “Obama medichip.”

If you dislike or despise the Affordable Health Care Act, that’s one thing. If someone wants to call it the mark of the beast, they should dig up better facts.

I can predict what will happen on March 24 of this coming year, when everyone wakes up and finds that they do not have a microchip under their skin – that is, apart from the few people who see a bug bite and assume someone got to them in their sleep. Conspiracy theorists will then take the credit: “I raised awareness of this crime, and you should thank me for the fact that the government is not controlling you!”

I challenge these prophets to mark March 24 on their calendar and at that point to be honest and courageous and admit that they were simply mistaken in their predictions. More than that, I challenge them to go further and renounce their way of inventing all such myths.

Final thoughts: If anyone comes to give me a microchip implant, he will get a black eye and a brief but heart-felt lecture on the Fourth Amendment: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.” There is plenty to be concerned about with real infringements of our rights: portions of the so-called Patriot Act; listening in on phone calls and emails; the planting of GPS devices on cars without a proper search warrant. Security searches at airports violate our rights. In London and New York, there are cameras on every street corner. In my opinion the government and private use of drones to spy on American citizens is the major new threat against our rights. Let’s direct our political influence and emotional energy into real and present issues, not with fantasies about a phantom menace.

Postscript, July 2013 – Since 2010 there has been an email rumor that states that Muslims are exempt from paying for Obamacare. The latest one I received says:

The word “Dhimmitude” is found in the new health care bill; so what does it mean?…It’s on page 107 of the healthcare bill…Dhimmitude is the Muslim system of controlling non-Muslim populations conquered through jihad (Holy War). Specifically, it is the TAXING of non-Muslims in exchange for tolerating their presence AND as a coercive means of converting conquered remnants to Islam…ObamaCare allows the establishment of Dhimmitude and Sharia Muslim diktat in the United States. Muslims are specifically exempted from the government mandate to purchase insurance…

Open the actual health-care bill HERE and go to p. 107 (the relevant portion is at the bottom of 107-top of 108) or search for the word Dhimmitude; there is no reference to it or to Islam. This is wholly mythical and one more example of trying to prove that Obama is a closet Muslim.

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“Obamacare, microchips, the mark of the beast and March 23, 2013,” by Gary Shogren, PhD in New Testament Exegesis, Seminario ESEPA, San José, Costa Rica

25 thoughts on “Obamacare, microchips, the mark of the beast and March 23, 2013

  1. “May God so teach us to Number our days so that we may apply our hearts unto Wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

  2. Gary: someone writes in to say:

    “I am implanted by the Antichrist-Invisible Micro Implant From Computer! You Won’t Believe This But It’s True! Howard and thousands of agents install a Darpa Invisible Adv. Alien Tech. micro programs not a real rfid chip in your right eye retina from your computer and believe it or not forms an invisible cell phone connection and an invisible cam that can view you at any angle, record, harass or wifi torture you…”

    Gary: It goes on for a while, and I also looked up their websites.

    1. I’ve gotten this several times and thought it might be a joke. It isn’t. A group is claiming that the US government is using alien technology to establish a computer link with the brains of people in order to plant hidden messages in their brain.

      For example, there is a group of gay men who believe they are being harassed in this way, and they think a man named Howard Raymond is behind it all.

      My advice is, and I say this with all kindness, is that if you believe that there are voices inside your head, from aliens or from the government or from Howard Raymond, telling you what to do, then please seek medical help. And turn to God in prayer, not to the internet.

  3. The Book of revelation has to do with symbols and not exactly what is written there e.g the first angels message: do you expect to see an angel flying around in the sky and preaching No! if it was that way every person will be converted

  4. The mark of the beast can never ever be a microchip or a physical mark just as the seal of God is not a physical mark because if a microchip is forcefully implanted in you it dosen’t stop you from worshiping God the way he wants you to worship Him, it has to do with the power you choose to obey, either the commandments of man which will definitely go against the commandments of God or the commandments of God. If you choose to receive it it goes on your head if you reluctantly accept it, on ur arm it goes.

  5. You are not a critical thinker. This is an absolute lie. You are spreading lies. hey ! Guess what? that is a sin.

    1. Lying IS a sin, a serious one. Please, Kathi, critically work your way thru my presentation and show me where my data are wrong. Just telling me that I lie is not a critical analysis.

      I’m a little surprised to hear from anyone on this topic, since the rumor seems to have lost steam after the supposed deadline passed in March 2013.

    1. Reading this gave me a little hope that it will not happened; but if this is wrong and does happen we all must not let it happen, we are not animals and we need our privacy as well and we can not be forced in putting such a harmful device such as a biochip.

      1. Thanks for the note Dana. Yes, absolutely, we must all keep alert. My concern is that the devil also likes to distract us by hoaxes, and the Affordable Health Care rumor is one created by people who were either deceitful or shallow researchers.

  6. Hi Tim – I’ll stand by my statement, that for 2000 years, there has always been some movement or another that had “definitive proof” that they were in the End Times. Viewed objectively, many had better cases than a person living in 2013: the near destruction of Christianity by the Muslims in the 7th and 8th centuries; the fall of Constantinople and the invasion of the Turks again in the 15th century; the death of 1/3 of the population from India to Iceland and the complete destruction of many population centers by the Black Death in the 14th century; the ascension of Charles II in England in the 17th century; Mussolini as the Emperor of Rome in the 1930s and 40s; you name it.

    Earthquakes are NOT exponentially more frequent then they have been in the past.

    I don’t believe that UFOs are extraterrestials; as for “cosmological, astronomical” disasters being more frequent, I’m not sure what you mean there.

    Take a look at Matt 25 – being a wise virgin means being spiritual ready to meet Christ, NOT being able to date the time of the end. In fact, if anything, the Lord says that it’s only the disobedient who try to calculate the end of the world (Matt 25:31) – and I don’t want to be in that category.

    That which the Father has not revealed to the angels, to the apostles, nor even to the Son, he has not revealed to me.

  7. you right we need to pray the world does not know that the rapture is for real; open your eyes guys were living in the end times.

    1. In every decade since Pentecost, there have been believers who were certain that THEY were in the End Times. Every one of them said the evidence for their case was airtight.

      The final signs of the end – onces mentioned in the Bible, not just things we read in headlines – have not yet appeared: Read Matthew 24 or 2 Thess 2 carefully.

      That’s why we cannot claim to know that we are in the End Times.

      1. Now THAT i don’t understand, because we ALL plainly see and have witnessed/ing the exponential increase in SO many catagories as of late, such as the overwhelming number of earthquakes (yes we’ve always had them, as well as overall sin, but not exponentially within the shorter time spans we’re all presently seeing). Divorce rate, immorality rate (‘love waxing cold’), this rate, that rate, etc, etc, etc, all ‘exponentially’ increasing – and that’s not even counting all the other stuff such as the increased meteor activity, UFO, natural disasters, cosmological, astronomical, and oceanographic disturbances (i could go on and on, as well as listing verses such as the one about how people will be in the last days: heady, high-minded, murders of fathers & mothers, etc, etc). I for one, conspiracy or no, tremble at the thought of becoming so ‘lax’, as certain verses in the Bible warn against, becoming apathetic and ‘drowsy’ in looking and hoping for Christ’s return (forgot the verse), just because there’s hordes of ‘alarmists’ and C Theorists out there, putting a sour taste in everyone’s mouth. We no doubt need to be level-headed, and i’m not in the least bit “spooked”, but i just want to be one of the 5 wise and ready virgins when our Bridegroom returns with His rewards in hand.


    1. We MUST pray. My objection is that people must base their prayers and actions on the assumption that Pres Obama is the antichrist, no matter what the facts say. A lot of the same people thought that George W. Bush was the antichrist, even more, George H. W. Bush; or Clinton.

    1. Thanks very much, Rob. I’m afraid it will make little dent in the mountain of rumor.

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