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Privacy advocates beware of Obama's stimulus package!

Seems like every bill which gets proposed has something rotten written in the fine print. This time, kiss your medical privacy good-bye. It used to be that there were limitations in hospitals being able to share your records with other health care providers. Certain people, however, have been pushing to have a national computerized information sharing system between providers. While objectionable to some degree, what is in this new bill is far, far worse!!
Here's an excerpt from the article:
The bill's health rules will affect "every individual in the United States" (445, 454, 479). Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system. Having electronic medical records at your fingertips, easily transferred to a hospital, is beneficial. It will help avoid duplicate tests and errors.

But the bill goes further. One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and "guide" your doctor's decisions (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, "Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis." According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and "learn to operate less like solo practitioners."

If this still seems innocuous, then think about the fact that the government can have a say about whether or not you get treated. I seriously doubt, if implemented, doctors decisions will be just 'guided.' Just a few things to think about in reference to this bill: how will this bill affect treatment for pain, (narcotics, even legitimate uses in medicine are under attack), mental health (the government determining who is sane or not is never a good idea), and last but not least, what will happen to your PRIVACY? The government will know what your physical health is like, know what doctors you are seeing and where they are located.

The article is its entirety is here:  link to www.bloomberg.com

Big Bro smiles 10.Feb.2009 16:04


I also heard the expression: "require" every child to have health insurance.

That's so reassuring...................

- 10.Feb.2009 19:03


I don't like this one bit (the bill that is...I like the article).