The feeding frenzy continues in Washington and I continue my on going research on the stimulus bill and news related to it and keep finding things that I find disturbing,
The Institute for Health Freedom (IHF) warns that the economic stimulus bill mandates electronic health records for every citizen without providing for opt-out or patient consent provisions.
I’m of the opinion that the American citizens should each decide for themselves whether their records be made electronic. The government, banks, and other secured computer systems are incapable of keeping peoples information private and secure as if as evidenced by recent stories involving hacking of major credit card companies, VA records, and so. I even found a security hole at a major national bank (which I also promptly reported to the bank) the other day that could be easily exploited by hackers and others assorted financial and identity thieves. So, yeah, I am completely opposed to placing people’s medical information online without consent or recourse, especially when mandated by a government and medical industry rife with unethical individuals.
Medicaid Expansion. The House bill expands Medicaid eligibility to cover unemployed workers whose income does not exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty Line and expires in two years. The problem is I doubt come 2011 the government (state or federal) will willingly throw potentially millions of Americans off the roles out of fear of the political retaliation said Americans will inflict in elections. Another somewhat disturbing idea is that this essentially sets the frame work for a de facto socialized medical program to be forced upon the American public.
Medicaid Loopholes for Illegals and Children. In effect there are loopholes established allowing children and illegals to get Medicaid without parental notification (former) or proof of citizenship/worker visa (latter). The government can’t say children are a parents responsibility except when it doesn’t fit whatever social agenda the government is pushing. Illegals deserve medical care when needed, but also need to be sent back to where they came from once they’ve been treated and reviewed for any possible eligibility for asylum. In effect they undercut parental rights and authority as well allowing illegals to sponge off the U.S. taxpayers.