Saturday, January 31, 2009

Economic Stimulus? Obama Wants Your Medical Records ^

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.

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Make no mistake here folks, this is the first step towards Socialized Medicine.  There is no opt-out in this plan, you will be forced to submit your medical records to big-daddy Government, who will then determine what is best for you.

This is wrapped up in Obama's so-called "Economic stimulus plan."  Someone needs to tell us, the American people exactly how the government having control of our medical records "stimulates" the economy. 

Even worse, Google is lobbying for the "sale of electronic medical records" and pushing provisions in the "Economic Stimulus Plan" so that it may sell patient medical information to it's advertising clients on the new 'Google Health Database.'

You should know that Google CEO Eric Schmidt is a major Obama supporter and campaign contributor.  Schmidt also sat on Obama's "Economic Stimulus Panel" and had direct insight and input into the contents of the plan.  We leave it up to you our reader to decide if this action is ethical or not.  -ED

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