How does the idea of the government storing your medical records on a national data base sound?
Are you aware that the generational theft bill, more commonly called the “stimulus” package, specifically authorizes the creation of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology — and the appointment of a 15-member board of officials from federal agencies and others — charged with developing a nationwide health information database?
The bill charges the National Coordinator with meeting numerous goals – including “the electronic exchange and use of health information and the enterprise integration of such information” and “the utilization of an electronic health record for each person in the United States by 2014.”
Yep. That’s us.
Former New York lieutenant governor Betsy McCaughey, a health care advocate and adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute, has been sounding the alarm about both provisions, saying the creation of “a huge new federal bureaucracy to create a huge national medical database” is part of just a two-pronged effort to insert government even further into the health-care system.
Seeing Red AZ covered her excellent commentary titled, Ruin your health with the Obama stimulus plan, last week. Read it here.
According to a report on Cybercast News Service (CNS) Arizona District 3 Congressman, John Shadegg has expressed concern about the comparative effectiveness research, which he says sets the stage for the inevitable federal takeover of the health care system.
“It is true that it (the stimulus bill) does not actually create the enforcement mechanism,” Shadegg told CNS News. “But why would you spend $1.1 billion to set out the rules over how and who we could deny care to, and what drugs we’re going to deny and what drugs we’re going to agree to, or what treatments your doctor can have and not have — if at some point, they’re not going to create that mechanism?”
The complete CNS report can be read here.