Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Health Care Bill and the Future of the USA

Thomas Sowell, the conservative writer writes a very thoughtful and terrifying piece in today's Union Leader.
His article, titled "A Major Step in the Dismantling America" discussed the implications of medical privacy in a government run institution.

Even the massive transfer of crucial decisions from millions of doctors and patients to Washington bureaucrats and advisory panels -- as momentous as that is -- does not measure the full impact of this largely unread and certainly unscrutinized legislation.

If the current legislation does not entail the transmission of all our individual medical records to Washington, it will take only an administrative regulation or, at most, an executive order of the President to do that.

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With politicians now having not only access to our most confidential records and having the power of granting or withholding medical care needed to sustain ourselves or our loved ones, how many people will be bold enough to criticize our public servants, who will in fact have become our public masters?


Now, critics of this piece - supporters of government run health care - will call it paranoia. But look closely and consider how many times our individual privacies have been violated.

It will take merely accessing a computer account for our privacy to be invaded. And with that knowledge, it becomes a threat and a tool to keep opposition in line.

In 2001, during a very trying period in my life, my family was involved in a bitter court battle. One person was fighting the rest of the family for monetary gain. This person created a battle so bitter, that she involved attorneys not working the case, who contacted the officers of the court who were advising the judge, circumventing the legal standards (ie - not a matter of record) in order to influence the outcome of the case. This was a violation of law, our privacy and could have affected the outcome of the case. Through some act of God, the judge's legal advisor notified us of this inappropriate contact - but also stated, that it would not affect her decision.
Now, in that situation what were we to do? Our privacy had been violated. Those in the law circles, clearly are versed in the legal system and went out of their way to influence the case. Even the "honest ones" who disclose their colleagues involvement, do not view it as a breech of conduct or a violation of privacy.
Their actions - or inactions - were corrupt. BUT, they were working within the system. They had our lives in their hands. Now that health care is in their hands, they literally, have our lives in their hands.

Decisions for our health care coverage and procedures will no longer be between the doctor and patient. There will be many practitioners, assistants, technicians and data entry people involved in every aspect of our health care. Any opposition to their views will be taken into consideration for approval of procedures and even entry into specific specialists.

In 2008, Allie was 15 and at the dentist for a regular tooth cleaning. (Now we do not have dental insurance, so each visit is paid in full at the time of service by me.) The hygienist began making small talk with Allie. It was right around the time of elections and the high school was holding a "mock election". The hygienist said something to the effect of "so you voted for Obama?" Allie politely told her that she did not vote for Obama, that she agreed with more of John McCain's principles. The hygienist became visibly upset at Allie's choice and proceeded to be physically harsh (poking her gums) during the visit and accused my 15 year old of being a smoker. Allie has never even had a cavity in her life, let alone smoke stained teeth and breath! Emotionally, this person could not accept that Allie (even as a teenager) had different political views!

Imagine what our future holds? Will it be safe to be registered as a Republican in a Democrat run government? or vice-versa?
If I have to go to Nancy Pelosi or even Gov. John Lynch to override a medical coverage decision, they will take one look at the (R) by my name as a registered Republican voter and veto my request on the spot - unless of course, I want an abortion.

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