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by Jim Woods, Medina County Friends and Neighbors Obamacare is beginning to generate some really ugly numbers. According to Bloomberg, only 49,100 people have enrolled thus far; about 3% of what the Obama administration expected at this point. Even worse is that the number of new Medicaid enrollees is estimated by CBS News to be 440,000; ten times as many Medicaid enrollees as Obamacare enrollees. The Obama administration expected the opposite. Obamacare needs to have […]
One of the frequently touted reforms included in Obamacare was the call for electronic medical records. We were told the efficiencies gained by having every single American’s most personal medical details online were certain to bring down the cost of health care as well as improve the quality of care. Nevermind the exorbitant cost of such systems, the increase in workload to maintain them, or the inevitable security lapses. Nevermind that half of all doctor visits will now be spent watching the M.D. type the intimate details of patient conversations into a computer screen. These concerns were brushed aside in the wave of positive change Obamacare would bring.
Obamacare’s start date, January 1, 2014, has not even passed and we already have a major breach in security for 10 million Americans over their medical records. And the culprit is none other than our own IRS. The same IRS that has been targeting tea parties and which has been put in charge of policing the ACA. Could it be that the IRS is taking their new health care enforcement role a little too seriously?
Courthouse News reports that the John Doe Company of California has sued 15 IRS agents in Superior Court for seizing 60,000,000 medical records of 10,000,000 Americans. In 2011, the IRS agents raided the company over a tax issue connected to a single former employee, but used the opportunity to appropriate the medical records of millions of innocent Americans who to this day do not know that their medical privacy has been violated. The suit states:
“No search warrant authorized the seizure of these records; no subpoena authorized the seizure of these records; none of the 10,000,000 Americans were under any kind of known criminal or civil investigation and their medical records had no relevance whatsoever to the IRS search.”
The lawsuit emphasizes the sensitive nature of the records explaining that they include “information about treatment for any kind of medical concern, including psychological counseling, gynecological counseling, sexual or drug treatment, and a wide range of medical matters covering the most intimate and private of concerns.”
In his American Spectator piece, David Catron, puts the IRS theft into stark perspective. As the mainstream media builds a “firewall” to deny the connection between the IRS targeting scandal and Obamacare, the IRS theft of medical records proves that the the two are “inextricably linked” because it was Obamacare that made the stealing of 60 million private medical records possible. Obamacare mandates that every health care provider in the country maintain electronic medical records, and as such, our medical records are now vulnerable to abusive government agencies and to security lapses precipitated inadvertently by employees connected to the heatlh care industry.
David Catron pointedly states, “Last Week’s revelations concerning that agency’s treatment of Tea Party and anti-abortion groups demonstrates that the IRS is sufficiently corrupt to abuse its power. And its theft of 60 million medical records shows that it is also eminently able to invade the privacy of Americans. I’ll conclude, then, with a little more food for thought: The class action lawsuit filed by the John Doe Company involves 10 million patients, “roughly one out of every twenty-five adult American citizens.” And, since only 10 percent of the affected patients reside in California, the rest are obviously scattered across the nation. Are you one of the other 9 million?”
David Catron’s conclusion powerfully points out that medical privacy in the U.S. is a thing of the past. As Obamacare continues to be implemented, what other precious American rights will be lost?
Please help us fight Obamacare here in Ohio. Get engaged in the fight to stop Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. Read the posts about Medicaid expansion on our site and contact your State Rep and State Senator. Let them know that Statehouse Republicans are hastening the destruction of our health care system and our personal liberties through their ill-conceived policy to expand Medicaid in our state and thus entrench Obamacare.
An excellent Wall Street Journal op-ed article this week titled “ObamaCare’s ‘Baby Elephant’”, points out many of the fallacies in Governor John Kasich’s argument for voluntarily expanding Medicaid in our state.
One example is the premise that we can expand Medicaid when the subsidies are high and then “sunset” our participation later when the subsidies may be reduced or disappear. This argument is folly because Washington evidently has the ability to impose “maintenance of effort” rules that can prohibit states from opting out later. Continue reading