October 5, 1998
ACTION ALERT! KILL FUNDS FOR FEDERAL MEDICAL IDs
Congressman Ron Paul, M.D., (R-TX), has won his battle in the Rules Committee to be allowed to introduce an amendment that would prevent funding for National IDs. He seems to be the first to recognize that provider IDs are also very dangerous.
In his Dear Colleague letter, he states: "The National Provider ID will force physicians who use technologies such as e-mail in their practices to record all health care transactions with the government. This will allow the government to track and monitor the treatment of all patients under that doctor's care. Government agents may pull up the medical records of a patient with no more justification than a suspicion that a provider is involved in fraudulent activity unrelated to that patient's care!"
Moreover, he recognizes that "The National Standard Employer Identifier will require employers to record employees' private health transactions in a database. This will allow coworkers, hackers, government agents and other unscrupulous persons to access the health transactions of every employee in a company simply by typing the company's identifier into their PC!"
Dr. Paul's amendment to H.R. 4274 (Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations Bill) reads as follows:
SEC. 801. (a) None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to carry out section 1173(b) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320d-2(b)).
(b) None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to carry out any duty of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics related to establishing any identifier, including any standard uniform medical identifier.
Voting will probably occur today or tomorrow.
CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN TODAY
ASK HIM TO SUPPORT THE PAUL AMENDMENT!
Capitol Hill switchboard: (202)224-3121.