Obamacare and your sex life

‘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.

“This is nasty business,” says New York cardiologist Dr. Adam Budzikowski. He called the sex questions “insensitive, stupid and very intrusive.” He couldn’t think of an occasion when a cardiologist would need such information — but he knows he’ll be pushed to ask for it.

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.

Embarrassing though it may be, you confide things to a doctor you wouldn’t tell anyone else. But this is entirely different.

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.”

Lack of confidentiality is what concerned the New York Civil Liberties Union in a 2012 report. Electronic medical records have enormous benefits, but with one click of a mouse, every piece of information in a patient’s record, including the social history, is transmitted, disclosing too much.

The social-history questions also include whether you’ve ever used drugs, including IV drugs. As the NYCLU cautioned, revealing a patient’s past drug problem, even if it was a decade ago, risks stigma.

On the other end of the political spectrum is the Goldwater Institute, a free-market think tank. It argues that by requiring everyone to have health insurance and then imposing penalties on insurers, doctors and hospitals who don’t use the one-click electronic system, the law is violating Americans’ medical privacy.

The administration is ignoring these protests from privacy advocates. On Jan. 17, HHS announced patients who want to keep something out of their electronic record should pay cash. That’s impractical for most people.

There’s one question they can’t ask: Thanks to the NRA, Section 2716 of the ObamaCare law bars the federal government from compelling doctors and hospitals to ask you if you own a firearm.

But that’s the only question they can’t be told to ask you.

Where are the women’s rights groups that went to the barricades in the 1980s and 1990s to prevent the federal government from accessing a woman’s health records? Hypocritically, they are silent now.

Patients need to defend their own privacy by refusing to answer the intrusive social-history questions. If you need to confide something pertaining to your treatment, ask your doctor about keeping two sets of books so that your secret stays in the office. Doctors take the Hippocratic Oath seriously and won’t be offended.

Are such precautions paranoid? Hardly. WikiLeaker Bradley Manning showed how incompetent the government is at keeping its own secrets; incidents where various agencies accidentally disclose personal data like Social Security numbers are legion. And that’s not to mention the ways in which commercial databases are prone to hacking and/or exploitation.

Be careful about sharing your medical secrets with Uncle Sam.



Comments on: "Obamacare and your sex life" (6)

  1. They forgot to mention NSA spies sharing ALL of their meta data with foreign entities, such as Israel. Edward Dnowden has proven that just about anyone in the agency can hack into these data bases for ANY reason.

    This is all part of the NWO take down folks. They called us conspiracy theory nuts ten years ago, but it is all coming to fuition. This has been signed off by Senators and Congress alike. It is bi partisan as all senior members of government and government agencies are exempt from Obama care. The IRS are going to police this all also.

    How does it make you feel that some tax collector can dig into such personal information?

    Another point not mention in this NY Times article, under Obama care, if you have children government agents are given the right to come into your home with no warrant, do a surprise inspection, if there is beer, firearms or whatever you have the right as a human being to do in the privacy of your own home. They can take your children away. CPS are very quick to do this as there budgets are formulated on volume.

    I hate to think what kind of a world our children will be living in. Electing a Republicn presidnet would have not made any difference. It was under Bush 11 that the Patriot Act and “HOmeland Security” were brought in. Could anything sound more Nazi like?

    • Sharon!

      NSA has much more power in the last 5 years , as does the IRS, Lois Lerner, the FDA, the CIA , TSA and somewhere near thirty of our top military have been fired!
      Do ya think something is going on or is your “bubble” good?

      Our children will be living in the pre cursor to 1937 Germany!
      Weirmacht much?
      Sign up for O care if you can…. Your financial info will be gone in an NY minute!

  2. dividing cricker said:

    a TRUCK driver friend bought a new smart phone a few years ago and was standing in line to get his paper work done on a load , in fla . The person behind him wanted to know something about news in his home town SO all he needed was his name and address . In 30 seconds my friend started giving him the home town news and about a accident that had occurred , With that the guy went right to a pay phone to call his wife , My friend was still on line looking and the fellow behind him was listening to all this news said ” boy that thing could really be a problem” with that my friend , who loves to make up a bunch of stories , Said — yea that guy just had DYFS take his kids , his home was just foreclosed on and his wife is sleeping with the local drug dealer,,,, This listener said ” get that damn phone away from me ,, “those phones should be outlawed ” The moral of the story — those phones should be outlawed , too much information anybody can see /all legal / all free/ and people still think they have privacy ……. Every thing you do is on some database or on film DC

    • This is not new news. Smart meters, electric cars, cell phones, i.p. addresses, The “Cloud”….privacy is gone no matter how we try to save it. Glad to see the gang is still here and we are truckin’ along!

      Try startpage.com They don’t record your i.p address.

  3. Vivian Leese said:

    Where is ‘Hippa’?
    I had a mammography yesterday. I was reading the paper the lady at the desk handed to me to give to the technician. There was section that you had to initial and I was horrified at the last paragraph, which said that the hospital corporation had the RIGHT to summon your medical records, which were to include all information on substance abuse, mental health, all pharmacy records and any and all rehabilitation records. I was stunned and asked the lady at the desk if checking this paragraph was necessary, since it had nothing to do with a mammogram. She said that it didn’t matter whether or not you checked it. They would get the info anyway.
    Is this Big Brother, Obamacare or Socialism?

  4. I would be interested in learning two statistics somehow (if there was an actual database that reflected true numbers and NOT compiled by the Government): 1) How many or what percentage of bloggers/website originators/website administrators/video posters/doctors/scientists/researchers/general leaders in the field pertaining to Morgellons and disseminating pertinent information, otherwise unavailable, have gone underground, have gone silent, are in hiding, have been killed and/or are MIA? The only stat I’ve found is about scientists, mostly microbiologists, and if you actually take the time to read this article, the causes of death were bizarre, gruesome, untimely, unnecessary, etc. You can also see that many were affiliated with defense branches of the government or researching unpopular studies (i.e., not favoring corporations). I am not concurring that all these people were murdered, just pointing out that it is a rather amazing fact. http://worldtruth.tv/list-of-dead-scientists-assassinated/
    2) What percentage of Morgellons sufferers have felt that they are under surveillance? This would be quite difficult to discover as the propaganda has done its number to prevent most afflicted persons from speaking of anything that smacks of paranoia lest they be committed involuntarily (and what of the refurbishment of those old US Nisei concentration camps)? On a deeper level, I wonder how many Morgellons sufferers have been the victim of a violent or random crime or gang stalking or has experienced a memory lapse in the form of lacunar amnesia in their lifetime.
    I truly believe there is somebody out there who knows the whole truth and probably the cure. I also believe that there is a database of all us somewhere and we just don’t know it. At this point, I am no longer afraid of repercussions for speaking out. I know the scoop, the vehicles, the odd encounters, the hacking, the games and patterns. I’m a good sport. I’m sure I’m quite entertaining to the average “viewer.” This is beyond sci-fi imagination to me but it is very real. I just want to kill the damn bugs. I don’t intend to see a doctor ever again and I have been immuno-compromised all of my life. I just hope the brave advocates out there stay well and watch their backs. I want to lend my voice and join the other conscientious objectors who educate the masses, or at least attempt to, as I will remain a visible mark. We are the unfortunate unwitting and unwilling pioneers of these hybrid pathogens.
    Obamacare? Not so much, for me……

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