Little Known Part of Stimulus Plan; Feds to Take Your Medical Records

That’s right folks. Under the so-called “stimulus” plan that the Obama crew is ramming through congress, there is a little know part to it that would compel your medical providers, without your consent or ability to opt out, to give the government your medical records.
My first question would be: why are my medical conditions any concern of theirs? Of course, if one was planning on nationalizing health care, involuntarily seizing all the medical records would be the first place to start.
Jennifer Rast over at the Scriptorium has this to say:

Without much coverage from the media, and no mention of it from the President or Congress, Obama’s “stimulus” plan contains a provision to force every single American to submit their medical records to a government controlled electronic medical records database. There would be no way to opt out, because choice is only a good thing if you want to murder a baby.

Some of you may not have a problem with hundreds of thousands of agencies having access to information about your health, mental health records, whether you’ve been an obedient patient or not, and more. Most Americans, however, probably don’t want every detail of their medical history accessible to millions of people. Personally, I don’t want the Federal Government keeping that kind of information about me in a database, because I don’t trust our government to use it responsibly, especially with rabid supporters of the culture of death now in power. Pelosi’s population control plans could take on a whole new direction with that kind of information at her fingertips. It’s happened before in this country, and that was before God was kicked out of our government, schools, and the public square.

Judging by the drooling and groveling going on in meetings between Obama and leaders in the GOP, we can’t count on them to stop this power grab without an uprising from their constituents. Everyone should be writing their representatives in Congress, and calling, or faxing if possible. They need to know we don’t want this, and that there must, at the very least, be a provision for people to opt out of the system if they have concerns about privacy.

Read the whole news story here:

A little-discussed provision in President Obama’s economic stimulus plan would demand that every American submit to a government program for electronic medical records without a choice to opt out, and it has privacy advocates more than a little alarmed.

Patients might be alarmed, too, privacy advocates said, if they realized information such as documentation on abortions, mental health problems, impotence, being labeled as a non-compliant patient, lawsuits against doctors and sexual problems could be shared electronically with, perhaps, millions of people.

Sue A. Blevins, president of the Institute for Health Freedom, said unless people have the right to decide “if and when” their health information is shared, there is no real privacy.

“President Obama has pledged to advance freedom,” she said. “Therefore the freedom to choose not to participate in a national electronic health-records system must be upheld.”

Blevins’ organization, one of the few raising the alarm at this point, said the stimulus plan would impose an electronic health records system on every person in the U.S. without any provision for seeking patient consent or allowing them not to participate.

“Without those protections, Americans’ electronic health records could be shared – without their consent – with over 600,000 covered entities through the forthcoming nationally linked electronic health-records network,” Blevins said.

The organization said Americans who care about health privacy should contact members of Congress and the president to let them know about the need for opt-out and consent provisions.

According to the institute, the measure currently includes plans for:

* An electronic health record “for each person in the United States by 2014.”

* A national coordinator to develop a “nationwide health information technology infrastructure that allows for the electronic use and exchange of information.”

The institute said the medical privacy rule established under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 already allows personal health information to be passed along without patient consent for treatment, payment and “oversight.” The recipients of such information could be any of the people in the 600,000 organizations in the industry.

“Nobody wants to stop the proper use of good technology,” Blevins said, “and for some people privacy is not an issue.”

But she said the bottom line is that patients “would end up losing control of his or her personal health information.”

“There’s a lot at stake with electronically transferring health data and paying claims within the $2.2 trillion healthcare industry,” warned the organization, which works on issues of health freedom in the U.S.

Another group, Consumer Watchdog, even suggested today Google is trying to lobby for the “sale of electronic medical records.”

The group said, “Reportedly Google is pushing for the provisions so it may sell patient medical information to its advertising clients on the new ‘Google Health’ database.”

Consumer Watchdog said, “Americans will benefit from an integrated system capable of making our medical records available wherever we may need them, but only if the system is properly used.

“The medical technology portion of the economic stimulus bill does not sufficiently protect patient privacy, and recent amendments have made this situation worse. Medical privacy must be strengthened before the measure’s final passage,” the group said.

WND previously has reported on attempts in Minnesota by state lawmakers to authorize the collection and warehousing of newborns’ DNA without parental consent.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been successful in stopping the action there so far.

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5 Responses to “Little Known Part of Stimulus Plan; Feds to Take Your Medical Records”

  1. Eddie says:

    Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, this sounds like it is a sign of times and it won’t be long till Jesus comes back. Christians should stand up and say “no” but we won’t and those liberal democrates and some of the liberal Republicans will kiss on Obama and say “Here ye go” Have at it”.
    Come quickly Lord Jesus

  2. Steve Karnes says:

    As Christians we need to seek the truth. Understand that this proposal was started five years ago by George W. Bush as a way to reduce the cost of health care as well as decrease medical errors.

  3. Steve says:

    Steve,
    Bush had eight years to make it happen and didn’t, yet it took Obama less than a week to make sure it was in HIS spending bill…almost completely unopposed.
    The “Blame Bush for all the World’s Problems” isn’t going to fly on this blog.

  4. LBI says:

    I do wish everyone would stop trying to blame Bush. This is the work of Obama. I do believe that history will prove Bush to be a decent president who dealt with more than any of us could have dealt with. As for us Christians not standing up and saying anything. Well truthfully we are to abide by all authority until we personally are asked to do something we are know is against God. We are not to protest or be rowdy but stand faithful and keep the peace. let the sinners be sinners and the faithful be of peace and faith and show good stewardship the best to our human ability. Read the book of Romans it tells us how to respect authority even when we know they are wrong. I do believe this is another sign of the times. Its scary but then we must remember that our God our Lord is one of Sovereignty and although these people think they in control we know that God is the one who is truly in control. we are the lucky ones who will live forever!!

  5. Steve says:

    LBI,
    I agree with you!!
    I think that in a few years, history will look very kindly on President Bush, especially in light of what came after him.
    God Bless!!

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