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August 20, 2010

Attention Fat People: Your Health is Now the Business of the Government

Health records in America have been regulated towards privacy over the past several decades, but recent legislation may give one entity an exception to that privacy, the federal government.  This is not a consequence of the ObamaCaid bill, but unbelievably, the Economic Stimulus Bill.  According to an article published last month with the American Thinker, the law "specifically gives the recently appointed head of this department, Dr. David Blumenthal, the objective of "utilization of an electronic health record for each person in the United States by 2014."

The article goes on to add that "While the Stimulus Bill requires that the government have access to your Electronic Health Record (EHR) by 2014, it only vaguely defines what the government will do with this information. Herein lies the danger. Vaguely defined power in new laws always leads to broad interpretation of power by the government. One such power that the Stimulus Bill delegates to the new HIT department is to derive "meaningful use" from the EHRs.
Furthermore, there is a movement underway in liberal America for a food czar.   So, the federal government, by the time President Obama gets done with it, will make what you eat and your health its business.  What will they do with this new information?

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