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Monday, October 7, 2013

How Is Your Healthcare Like The NSA Surveillance Scandal?

Here's the Nonsense:  People are making too much of a big deal out of things like healthcare.  It's just part of life, so live with it.

Here's the Horse Sense:  We talk about loss of freedoms, invasion of privacy, and other issues while watching them slip away.  Take a close look and you'll decide it's time to take a stand.

Think you know all you need to about your healthcare?  If you thought you'd heard everything, this one may surprise you and even make you shudder.

When we learned of the NSA Surveillance scandal, where they are essentially spying on all Americans and we no longer have privacy as citizens, it caused an outrage.  But, like all the other scandals of this president, nothing really happened and most people have, by now, forgotten its importance.  The president and his minions are experts at smoke and mirrors and causing people to focus on something unrelated while missing the point of the main issue at hand.  Now we have yet another problem for Americans, but this one is hidden in healthcare rules to which Americans are subject.

This morning a local talk radio host posted on his website a copy of the HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices that he obtained from a local physician's office.  (If you're a skeptic, you can confirm its legitimacy here at the HHS website.)  While we have all received notices of privacy from a variety of organizations, this one should make you stop and think.  

Now let's face it.  Most people don't read this stuff.  Most just glance at it (at best) and move along with their lives.  The attitude is generally one of "It's all part of the system and I can't change it so I'm going to ignore it."  But that's dangerous, especially in these days of our ever-changing rights as Americans.  

If you look at the notice, here are a some of the things you'll see that should make you stop and think:

The document says that  "Except for the following purposes, we will use and disclose Health Information only with your written permission."   In other words, they need your written permission, EXCEPT in these instances.  That should be an eye-opener because Americans aren't used to having someone freely share their personal information (especially their health information).

But let's keep looking.  It also says "We will disclose Health [Information] when required to do so by international, federal, state, or local law."  It's one thing to say they will disclose your health information when required to do so by federal, state, or local laws, but international law?  Since when does America allow any law outside of our nation to have any force within our sovereign country?  Could it be that they are opening this up to the UN and international law as part of their effort to make our nation under submission to and control of them?

And how about this one:  "We may release Health Information to authorized federal officials for intelligence, counter-intelligence, and other national security activities authorized by law."  

And this one:  "We may disclose Health Information to authorize federal officials so they may provide protection to the President, other authorized persons or foreign heads of state, or to conduct special investigations."  

And this one:  "Unless you object, we may disclose to a member of your family, a relative, a close friend or any other person you identify, your Protected Health Information that directly relates to that person’s involvement in your health care. If you are unable to agree or object to such a disclosure, we may disclose such information as necessary if we determine that it is in your best interest based on our professional judgment."  (Note in this last one that they can disclose information if, in their "professional judgment," they determine it's right to do so even though you object.  

Now maybe this means nothing to you.  But it sure seems to be far from the America we grew up in.  Our privacy is being slowly eroded along with freedoms and rights.  Have you taken notice.  Are you working to get people elected to office that will stand up for your rights, privacy, and freedom?  

Remember, our second president, John Adams, said, "A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”