While I can appreciate the difference, it doesn't seem that Obama actually did ask them to do it.
Originally Posted by Kal'Stang
Further, even if he did, it'd still just be Obama asking, it would have not weight of regulation nor law.
Protect the rights of health care providers to talk to their patients about gun safety:
Doctors and other health care providers also need to be able to ask about firearms in their patients’ homes and safe storage of those firearms, especially if their patients show signs of certain mental illnesses or if they have a young child or mentally ill family member at home.
Some have incorrectly claimed that language in the Affordable Care Act prohibits doctors from asking their patients about guns and gun safety. Medical groups also continue to fight against state laws attempting to ban doctors from asking these questions.
The Administration will issue guidance clarifying that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit or otherwise regulate communication between doctors and patients, including about firearms.
See? No asking Drs anything there.
So it is still up to Drs to make the determination as to whether or not they wish to ask you about firearms, same as always.