The Health Care Mandate described in H.R. 3200 never passed the House and was never signed into law, but that's not stopping Christian pastors from claiming that Americans will be required under the bill to be implanted with a microchip carrying health care information and financial information — dubbed by them to be the 'Mark of the Beast' described in the biblical Book of Revelation.
H.R. 3200 was replaced with H.R. 3590 and the final healthcare mandate included a number of markups of H.R. 3590 before becoming the law known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148).
The Act itself does not require anyone to be injected with microchips and, as Snopes reports, "even the now-irrelevant language of the unpassed HR 3200 (and similar language in the passed bill, HR 3590) did not mandate that anyone be implanted with any type of microchip or device, for any reason. The passages quoted above reference a section which simply calls for the creation of a registry that would allow the Department of Health and Human Services to collect data about medical devices "used in or on a patient" including devices which patients consent to have implanted in them during surgery, such as pacemakers for purposes such as tracking the effectiveness of such devices and facilitating the distribution of manufacturer recall notices."
According to Pastor Perry Stone, President Obama is demanding that people who visit the hospital be "chipped" by the end of 2013. He claims that the reason that the president pushed the healthcare mandate through is because he wants people tracked and that it is a money making scheme because the chip costs $10 per month.
"I refuse to put something in my right hand and my forehead that is comparable to Revelation 19," he proclaimed to a cheering congregation. "I'm not going to do it."
He also warned about the electronic skin tattoo, also considered a Mark of the Beast.
A card, he says, is okay, because the bible only specifies the hand or forehead. The chips, he says, could explode, causing sores described in the bible.
According to Stone, by the end of the year 2017, virtually everyone will be required to have a chip in their hand or forehead. Orthodox Jews, he says, will not put anything in their hand or on their head because they already believe it is wrong to do so. But many Christians, he claims, are deceived and do not know their bibles well. Those deceived Christians will accept "the Mark," thinking it is a good thing.
Pastor Paul Begley of Indiana, who has a large following due to his popular end times preaching, also claims that the health care mandate requires that all Americans have a microchip be placed in their hands. Incorrectly citing H.R. 3200 that was never passed and not taking the language into context, he claimed that "the law of the land" requires that all Americans will be required to have RFID chips implanted by March 23, 2013, that their health and financial information will be stored in a national registry, and that the government will have the ability to track them at all times.
"The law's already been passed," he claimed. "It's now a matter of implementation and it's required under the law of Obamacare to be done in March of 2013."
Besides getting personal salvation through Jesus Christ, the solution, he says, is to vote for a Republican in the presidential race because "every one of them — they all said this one same thing, if elected, they would repeal Obamacare."