Obamacare 2.0: Your medical information is no longer your own

Obama is pushing now to get all our medical information electronically accessible. That sounds great.  But as always you must ask yourself if the government is best suited to handle this task and if you really want the government to be the keeper of all your personal medical information.  Obama said in a recent interview that it is in your benefit (See http://bit.ly/aHf76Q):  
Electronic records, Mr. Obama said in his 2009 speech, "will cut waste, eliminate red tape and reduce the need to repeat expensive medical tests [and] save lives by reducing the deadly but preventable medical errors that pervade our health-care system."
Obama has even allocated 36 Billion dollars (with a 'B') in taxpayer stimulus money toward that effort. But do we really think that the government can do this better than the private sector? There are companies already putting our information electronically for access by doctors and hospitals.  Medmemory is a company which has made its niche in placing our electronic medical information into the hands of care providers (See http://bit.ly/bc35HU).

Private Sector ideas for electronic medical records

This medical USB credit card (medical smart card) is carried in your wallet and/or purse. Most First Responders search your wallet and purse right away for any personal and medical identification information anyway.  There is an attachment that lets you plug into any USB port of just about any PC.   It was created with zero taxpayers dollars and costs about $45.00.  It seems smart and cost affordable. 
This is a medical USB port device.  The doctors and hospitals likely have the software to read this information on their computers.  But if they don't, it comes pre-installed on the USB port.  It allows your USB port device to function as a Health Information Manager. This electronic patient health record can store as much of your entire medical, health and lifestyle information as you see fit.  Created with zero taxpayer dollars and costs about $35.00

Carry your meds and your medical information on your keychain.  The 2GB MedMemory Medical USB Pill Fob is a Medical ID, Pill Box, and USB drive all in one.  Created with zero taxpayer dollars and about $50.00.
Privacy issues:  Where did my $36 Billion dollars go?  

With the above products, we get to choose what information we want to display in our medical records.  Do we really want a doctor to be able to automatically know if we have a sexually transmitted disease?  Do we want the insurance companies to automatically know if we are getting a cancer checkup?  Do we want the Department of Health and Human services to know we are taking Viagra? 
If it were really only about accessing medical information, then the government should should buy everyone a medical device like the one above, which sells for $35.00.  They could give every person from newborn to the elderly one of these medical devices above for about $10.5 Billion, and that is paying retail. 
We all have a Social Security Number.  Soon we will all have a Medical Information Number as well.  Guaranteed privacy is already suspect under current law.  Wait until the information is controlled in a central database (See WSJ http://bit.ly/aHf76Q).  
In 2002, under President George W. Bush, the right of a patient to control his most sensitive personal data—from prescriptions to DNA—was eliminated by federal regulators implementing the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act. Those privacy notices you sign in doctors' offices do not actually give you any control over your personal data; they merely describe how the data will be used and disclosed.

Meanwhile, the Senate health-care bill just approved by the House of Representatives on Sunday requires certain kinds of research and reporting to be done using electronic health records.
Repeal the bill.  Litigate the law.  Vote out Stupak.


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