July 19, 2010
But what if you don't consent?
The most personal of personal information about you -- your health records -- will soon be online, in the form of what the government calls an "EHR" (short for "Electronic Health Record"):
New federal regulations issued this week stipulate that the electronic health records--that all Americans are supposed to have by 2014 under the terms of the stimulus law that President Barack Obama signed last year--must record not only the traditional measures of height and weight, but also the Body Mass Index: a measure of obesity.Appropriate security measures my ass! Anyone who wants to peruse them -- including college professors doing studies (along with their students) will be able to become a "user" so long as the appropriate bureaucrat says so.
The CNS news article seems more concerned about BMI information than anything else. Sorry, but the issue is not whether the federal government can access my body mass index so much as whether it should be able to access anything at all about my medical records without my consent. And, even the briefest perusal of the "law" (if it's fair to dignify such a monstrosity with such a name) reveals that the BMI is only a small part of the mandated EHR database.
The Secretary adopts the following general certification criteria for Complete EHRs or EHR Modules. Complete EHRs or EHR Modules must include the capability to perform the following functions electronically and in accordance with all applicable standards and implementation specifications adopted in this part:Etc. Not only is my BMI none of the government's business, but neither are my medications, my shots, my growth records, my "smoking status" nor any of the other stuff listed above (along with whatever will be in the amended regs which are sure to come).
This is the most monstrous invasion of privacy I have ever seen.
And the people on the left who put it over continue to hide behind the smokescreen that they value "privacy." As if allowing you to have an abortion or do what you want to do in the bedroom gives them license to create and maintain files on every last aspect of your life.
This EHR database mandate was part of another massive unconstitutional legal scheme called the "2009 Economic Stimulus Bill":
...the bills that passed both the House and Senate created an "Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology" and called for the coordinator to create a national database and a plan for "the utilization of an electronic health record (EHR) for each person in the United States by 2014."Got that? Invading your privacy and putting your medical records online is being done under cover of stimulating the economy. Few words exist in the English language to properly characterize such supreme arrogance.
Think you can opt out if you want?
This is law. Your health records. Online.
Back in the 60s, there was a term for people who wanted to invade people's privacy and tell them what to do.
They were called pigs.
I'd call them that if I thought that a 1960s term might persuade them, but I don't think anything will. This stuff is about pure, raw, power, and they are not going to back down. They believe they have a right to invade our privacy and tell us what to do.
For our own good.
Absent a new congressional majority willing to vote to stop this thing in its already-laid tracks (and any such majority would have to be strong enough to override a presidential veto), the only thing that people can do is massive civil disobedience. Refuse to consent to the creation of any government-accessible "EHR" from your medical files. JUST SAY HELL NO! Maybe doctors can get involved too. They still take an oath to do no harm, and this would do great harm. For starters, this violates the physician-patient privilege. Some things are personal. I'm not fat, but fat is not the issue. Nor is whether I am "obesogenic":
The new regulations also stipulate that the new electronic records be capable of sending public health data to state and federal health agencies such as HHS and CDC. The CDC, which calls American society "obesogenic" - meaning that American society itself promotes obesity - collects BMI scores from state health agencies every year to monitor obesity nationwide.Fuck the CDC, the FBI, the CIA, Homeland Security, and the rest of the bastards who think they have a right to rule by administrative fiat. Unless they get a warrant based on probable cause that I'm involved in crime, they have no right to look at my health records or anyone else's. Health records are between me and my doctor.
Fat is not the issue. Does anyone really think they'll stop there?
MORE: Since the election of Barack Obama, federal health officials are trotting out the old "guns are a health issue" meme. (Anyone remember the campaign to have doctors ask patients whether they owned guns?)
And if you think linking gun ownership to health is bad, just how long do you suppose it will be before citizen's EHRs are integrated into gun buyer's background checks?
These people are relentless. (Unfortunately, blog posts cannot stop them.)
posted by Eric on 07.19.10 at 12:39 AM
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