9/16/2013

Can we trust the government not to misuse your information on your sex life? Obamacare requires detailed info on sex life

So it turns out that Obamacare will collect data on your sex life.  Suppose you are a politician or a political opponent of the Obama administration, should you trust them not to misuse your information to try and intimidate you?  Should you lie to your doctor?  The Obama administration has leaked private tax details of their political opponents (remember Austan Goolsbee leaking private tax information on the Koch Brothers (also here and here)).  Remember the abuse of tax filings by the IRS under Lois Lerner?

Well, the New York Post has this wonderful news:
‘Are you sexually active? If so, with one partner, multiple partners or same-sex partners?”Be ready to answer those questions and more the next time you go to the doctor, whether it’s the dermatologist or the cardiologist and no matter if the questions are unrelated to why you’re seeking medical help. And you can thank the Obama health law. . . . 
The president’s “reforms” aim to turn doctors into government agents, pressuring them financially to ask questions they consider inappropriate and unnecessary, and to violate their Hippocratic Oath to keep patients’ records confidential. . . . 
Doctors and hospitals who don’t comply with the federal government’s electronic-health-records requirements forgo incentive payments now; starting in 2015, they’ll face financial penalties from Medicare and Medicaid. The Department of Health and Human Services has already paid out over $12.7 billion for these incentives. 
Dr. Richard Amerling, a nephrologist and associate professor at Albert Einstein Medical College, explains that your medical record should be “a story created by you and your doctor solely for your treatment and benefit.” But the new requirements are turning it “into an interrogation, and the data will not be confidential.” . . .

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