Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Obama's stimulus package and socialized medicine: Here comes the camel's nose!

"If the camel once gets his nose in the tent, his body will soon follow."
You have heard the President tout his effort to create an electronic clearing house for medical records. Just last night in his press conference he mentioned this initiative as a way to eliminate paperwork and "help nurses to read doctor's handwriting on prescriptions." Well, some are finding an insidious byproduct of this and they see it as the entry point of Big Brother socialized medicine.
This from World Net Daily:
The former lieutenant governor of New York is warning that the $50 billion that President Obama expects to spend in the next few years on a nationwide digital health records system for every individual easily could, and probably will, result in rationed medical care.
Privacy advocates said patients might be startled to discover personal information could be shared electronically with, perhaps, millions of people, including
documentation on abortions, mental health problems, patient non-compliance, lawsuits against doctors and sexual problems.

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.

Indiana Republican Congressman Mike Pence is currently leading the charge to bring this to light.

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