Patient confidentiality laws? Not here.
The Department of Health and Human Services just closed a public comment period for a proposal that would give the federal government access to Americans’ private medical records, all in the name of security.
The so-called “biosurveillance” system contained in a draft of the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response’s “National Health Security Strategy” plan is being billed as a simple means of communicating “critical health” issues among medical and government professionals to protect Americans.
Specifically, it calls for the government to do a better job of achieving a “health situational awareness [that] includes biosurveillance and other health and non-health inputs” to include lab tests and diagnostics, a draft of the policy stated.
But in layman’s terms, that means the government is gearing up to collect private medical information from American citizens, said Cheryl Chumley, the author of the upcoming “Police State USA: How Orwell’s Nightmare is Becoming Our Reality.”
“Once again, under the guise of lending a helping hand and protecting American citizens, the federal government is trying to peer into our private lives,” Chumley said. “And really, it’s no surprise. Obamacare truthers warned way back that letting the government get in the health care game would mean the government would eventually need access to our private medical records.
“Here we are. HHS is poised to collect data on our doctor visits for research. I’m not comfortable with the federal government knowing me that intimately,” she said.
Chumley, a full-time reporter for the Washington Times, writes about politics and government for various newspapers, Internet news sites and think tanks. She is a journalism fellow with the Phillips Foundation, a prestigious organization in Washington, D.C., where she spent a year researching and writing about private property rights.
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To be released on May 27 by WND Books, Chumley’s “Police State USA: How Orwell’s Nightmare is Becoming Our Reality” has received high praise from Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.
In the foreword to Chumley’s book, Gohmert writes:
Look at what we know the government already has accessed. Under Obamacare, the federal government now gets complete documentation of your deepest, darkest, most personal secrets in your medical records that only your doctor once knew until the government decided to help you.
Your revelations to your doctor were completely secret, and our courts used to protect that precious doctor-patient relationship with full-blown privacy rights. Now, without a single Republican vote, the Democrats in the House and Senate decided that those full-blown rights should be fully blown up because the omniscient, ubiquitous, all-knowing, all-caring federal government needs to be in full control of our lives.
Those Democrats are hoping that the governmental god in whom they trust will be more trustworthy in controlling our lives than it is in controlling and operating a website,” he said.
The coming signs of tyranny are all around us. Fortunately, they can be stopped before it is too late, but not without a courageous effort. This nation’s founders risked absolutely everything to secure the blessings of freedom. We only risk some belittling by the mainstream and government harassment for preserving those freedoms. Bottom line, the data in Chumley’s book concerns me and it should concern you.
It was August 2012, and he “was taken into custody, thrown in jail, and forcibly transferred to a hospital located nearly three hours from his home and family to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, all at the order of law enforcement officials.”
“His crime? He posted on his private Facebook page messages that painted the government in a poor light.”
Then there was the July 2013 case of a University of Virginia student. She was “swarmed by state Alcoholic Beverage Control agents who thought the carton of bottled water she was carrying across the parking lot of a grocery store was really a 12-pack of beer and she was an underage buyer.”
“She said one drew her gun, another jumped on the hood of her SUV, and still others shouted conflicting orders and flashed badges she couldn’t read. Terrified, she tried to flee in her SUV, but agents halted and arrested her, charging her with two counts of assault.
“Even the commonwealth’s attorney who investigated the incident found the case ridiculous and refused to prosecute. But the 20-year-old still spent a night in jail – for the crime of purchasing water.”
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