Just Say “No” to a Medical Patient ID

Just a few days ago I wrote my post on whether or not to trust the government with our medical care (NO!). And now I see that the very dangerous people in Congress have voted to give themselves the authority to impose a “medical ID” or “Patient ID” onto each and every American. That’s in an amendment to bill H.R. 2740, according to former Congressman Ron Paul, who writes that when he was in Congress he sponsored the prohibition of this “unique patient identifier” in 1998. That is what they are repealing with this new amendment.

The bill now goes to the Senate. This new power of Congress will give the government and all its unconstitutional and police-state agencies total access to everyone’s personal, private medical information. The already shaky doctor-patient confidentiality relationship will be eliminated with this new power.

As Dr. Ron Paul wrote, “This system would also facilitate the collection of health information without a warrant by surveillance state operatives” and “allowing employers to examine a potential employee’s medical history.”

And Dr. Paul writes further: “Unscrupulous government officials could use medical information to harass those whose political activities challenge the status quo. Anyone who doubts this should ask themselves what a future J. Edgar Hoover or Lois Lerner would do with access to the medical information of those involved in political movements he wishes to silence.”

Now, we know from history time and again that government bureaucrats cannot be trusted with private, personal information of the people. Just imagine how people will now have to censor themselves at the doctor’s office as far as what personal information to share, some of which may be important and relevant in the diagnosis and treatment of a medical issue. It will be much worse if there is some kind of “Medicare for All” or single payer, or otherwise government-run health care. The government doctor will not be someone to trust, just like any other government agent.

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