Remember once upon a time when the information that your doctor knew about you was absolutely confidential under something most of us called “Doctor-Patient Confidentiality” or Medical Privacy?
Yeah, that’s not going to exist for much longer. According to some of the rules recently passed under the Affordable Healthcare Act (AKA Obamacare), the Obamacare programs will require that local, state and federal agencies all share your confidential healthcare information.
So your privacy is still intact, unless, of course, you think that providing your info with basically anyone with a government job violates that privacy.
One government official seemed surprised by the revelation that your personal health info would have to be shared across such a broad spectrum of the population – “This sounds as if HHS will have access to protected health info to me.”
It certainly does sound that way.
Protected health information includes an individual’s medical history, test and laboratory results, insurance information and other data, but you have no reason to be concerned. The Health and Human Services department assures us that the sharing of private medical data does not mean that through Obamacare the government will be violating any privacy laws… they promise.
“HHS will work with the appropriate federal and state agencies to complete the appropriate computer matching agreements, data use agreements, and information exchange agreements which will comply with all appropriate federal privacy and security laws and regulations.”
Oh but wait, there’s more! Since the IRS will become the police arm of the Obamacare mandate, the government realizes the need to get the agency as much information as possible – so when you file your taxes you will also report/reveal your private medical history to the IRS. Or you will face the consequences.
“In 2014, all Americans who file income tax returns must complete an additional IRS tax form. The new form will require disclosure of a taxpayer’s personal identifying health information in order to determine compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate.”
Are you ready, fellow tax payers, to now have your protected health information become the government’s protected health information? Your personal medical history is now “our” personal medical history. Because in this “Brave New World” of socialized everything, the personal pronoun “I” has been replaced by the royal “WE”.
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