Obama’s new stimulus plan provides $20 billion for the electronic updating of medical records. The electronic medical update was Tom Daschle’s plan. Although Obama insisted during the campaign that he would rid Washington of lobbyist influence, it was Daschle’s schemes with and for the insurance and pharmaceutical conglomerates that got him Obama’s nod for Health and Human Services Secretary. Tom has been benched. But Obama has already taken the hand-off. Not only is it a vast financial boon for marketers , it will allow insurance companies to get around privacy requirements and perhaps charge more for drugs, or decline coverage for pre-existing conditions.
No worries for company’s over privacy violation lawsuits. No one can find out if their privacy has been breached.
This huge attack on privacy was shoved through in an “emergency” bill because otherwise the public wouldn’t have swallowed it.
And what’s Obama going to do with this data base?
Do you trust this administration to have everything bit of information about you available to them at the touch of a button? Have you taken illegal drugs? What legal drugs do you take? What’s your preferred form of birth control? Any abortions? How about a rare blood type,or psychiatric problem? Anything else you can think of that you don’t want Google to put on the internet, upload to your employer or send around the world?
What of the obvious national security implications around this vast network of data collection?
Just a few years ago hackers and identity thieves repeatedly accessed credit data and social security numbers. Hundreds of thousands of military veteran’s and university records were lifted. No firewalls to protect data were put in place after the first thefts and the public was not notified. Who has that stolen data now? The Russian Mafia?
Maybe I just don’t trust this administration. But with good reason.
Make no mistake. The rush to update medical records is not for the benefit of American citizens. Globalizing information is about globalization. It will allow the globalizers, hedge fund operators, military strategists and world bankers to plan and build for the future, for their future, without your knowledge. It’s a money-making or money saving enterprise for the big transnational industrial, pharmaceutical, insurance and information companies that sit at the plutocrat’s table.
But it’s part of a larger picture. Obama wants a complete record of every American.
Obama is the creator of the most far reaching surveillance and secrecy schemes in American history. Not only did he back FISA after insisting he would filibuster it, he has appointed former CIA deputy Michael Hayden as head of the NSA. Remember Micheal Hayden, the former CIA official who insists “probable cause” does not apply to the “search” or “seizure” clauses of the 4th amendment to the Constitution, only to the issuance of warrants? The Director of National Intelligence will also have vast and probably unlimited powers to collect information from all forms of communications intercepted within the U.S, including emails and blogs. The surveillance possibilities have yet to be tapped.
Obama also wants every American to be signed up as a volunteer, like it or not. Young people will be required to volunteer for the public good, college age students will volunteer as community workers or civil defense agents in order to receive college loans. The elderly will be enlisted to serve as mentors to the students. All of this “volunteering” will require every person to be tracked for grant aid or employment purposes.
So call me crazy but…
The electronic updating and storing of medical records by this administration may be something we live to regret.