Federal Government: Your Medical Records Are Ours

by Crocker on September 25, 2011, 7:59 am

in Health Care,Law,Politics

During the ObamaCare debate, we were told not to worry. We could all keep our private insurance. At the same time we were told that Congress had to pass the ObamaCare bill to find out what was in it. And over the last year we’ve been finding out and it’s become more unsettling.

And here’s the latest: under regulations recently published by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, all our private medical records will be aggregated – one way or the other – into a central federal database. From the Washington Examiner:

This time, America is learning about the federal government’s plan to collect and aggregate confidential patient records for every one of us.

In a proposed rule from Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the federal government is demanding insurance companies submit detailed health care information about their patients.

The HHS has proposed the federal government pursue one of three paths to obtain this sensitive information: A “centralized approach” wherein insurers’ data go directly to Washington; an “intermediate state-level approach” in which insurers give the information to the 50 states; or a “distributed approach” in which health insurance companies crunch the numbers according to federal bureaucrat edict.

It’s par for the course with the federal government, but abstract terms are used to distract from the real objectives of this idea: no matter which “option” is chosen, government bureaucrats would have access to the health records of every American – including you.

As the Examiner article points out, there are a number of problems with this plan even beyond the understandable privacy concerns. First, consider the government’s track record with information generally. It’s not very good. Second, whether you like insurance companies or not, this move would force insurers to give the government (their competitor, in all truth) their databases, which are the heart of insurance competitiveness.

This is a bad idea. To view the regulations (“Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Standards Related to Reinsurance, Risk Corridors and Risk Adjustment”, Volume 76, page 41930 in the Federal Register), go here.

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Phil Quinn September 25, 2011 at 2:03 pm

“Volume 76, page 41930”?

Do you really need to see more than that?

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