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According to a story in Politico, the White House Coronavirus Task Force is considering creating a national surveillance system to track Americans’ health information. Supporters of this initiative claim it would enable the federal government to quickly identify areas in need of additional medical supplies and other assistance because the areas are coronavirus “hot spots.”

Of course, it is unlikely that this system would be limited to only tracking coronavirus patients. The government may eventually keep track of every hospital admission — or even all visits to doctors’ offices — in the United States. This system could, and likely would, be used to violate privacy and harass and intimidate those challenging existing government policies. Anyone who doubts this should ask themselves what J. Edgar Hoover or Lois Lerner would have done with access to every American’s medical history. No wonder some have described this as a healthcare PATRIOT Act.

Despite official denial that the White House is considering a new tracking program, the coronavirus panic may be used to justify giving the federal government access to our medical records.

Politicians, bureaucrats, and special interests have for years been trying to create a database of all Americans’ medical records that could be accessed by federal bureaucrats and government-favored special interests. The 2008 “stimulus” bill included federal funding to develop a system to store healthcare records electronically. This was a step toward creating a federally controlled database of all Americans’ healthcare records.

A major part of the plan to give government access to and control of our medical records is assigning every American a “unique patient identifier.” Fortunately, in 1998 an appropriations “rider” I drafted forbidding the use of federal funds to develop a unique patient identifier passed Congress and has been renewed ever since. However, last year the House of Representative voted to lift the prohibition. After my Campaign for Liberty and other health freedom advocates pressured Congress, the funding ban was restored. Those favoring this Orwellian scheme will no doubt use the coronavirus panic as an excuse to seek to repeal the funding ban.

The same law that sought to create the uniform patient identifier also authorized creation of misnamed federal medical privacy regulations that allow government officials and certain private interests to access medical records without patients’ consent.

Federally mandated healthcare IDs and databases will weaken healthcare. Patients must provide details regarding their personal lives and habits so their physicians can make diagnoses. How comfortable would people be sharing this information if they knew it would be stored in a federal “health tracking” database?

Bill Gates has suggested that when a coronavirus vaccine is developed individuals should be issued digital certificates proving they received the vaccine. Similarly, coronavirus fearmonger-in-chief Dr. Anthony Fauci has floated the idea that Americans who have been vaccinated for coronavirus or have in the past contracted the virus be issued “coronavirus immunity cards.”

Implementing Gates’ or Fauci’s suggestions could lead to people being forced to receive a coronavirus vaccine or suffer legal penalties. The power to force individuals to receive medical treatment would likely be expanded to apply to other communicable diseases as well as behaviors and conditions such as smoking or obesity. Those who value liberty must do all they can to ensure authoritarians like Gates and Fauci do not make respect for our right to control our healthcare a casualty of the coronavirus panic.

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Thank you Dr Paul for drafting that pro privacy legislation.

    • Agree: Polynikes
  2. Fortunately, in 1998 an appropriations “rider” I drafted forbidding the use of federal funds to develop a unique patient identifier passed Congress and has been renewed ever since.

    If we’d have had a couple of hundred REAL-Patriot Americans like you, Dr. Paul, in Congress for the last 50 years, America would much more resemble a free country. God bless you for your efforts, Dr. No.

    How comfortable would people be sharing this information if they knew it would be stored in a federal “health tracking” database?

    75% of Americans couldn’t give a damn. They love Big Brother, so far. By the time they don’t, it’ll be way too late.

    Oh, and Bill Gates can go straight to hell. He can follow that Good Intentions superhighway to get there.

    • Replies: @journey80
  3. Hail says: • Website

    The … Coronavirus Task Force is considering … a new tracking program

    Those who value liberty must do all they can to ensure authoritarians like Gates and Fauci do not make respect for our right to control our healthcare a casualty of the coronavirus panic.

    Next up: Reviving the Committee on Un-American Activities, for trials of suspected anti-CoronaPanic individuals.

    If deemed guilty of Crimes against Corona, the suspect will be deemed a Public Enemy, will be blacklisted for employment purposes, and will bebanned from CoronaUBI. Until such time as he or she recants and does penance by encouraging CoronaPanic publicly in a list of pre-approved ways, or in volunteering for duty with the Holy Media.

    The Revolution will be respected.
    and
    The Revolution will be televised.
    Tune in.
    Stay tuned in.

  4. If it ends up like the PATRIOT Act, the sick care industrial complex will pocket trillions in USD, while the people in need of care will be stuck without necessary care, instead subjected to endless vaccinations, diagnostic tests, and palliative pharmaceuticals.

    The sick care industry views Medicare recipients as their herd of cattle, to brought into the barn to be either milked or slaughtered for profits as needed.

    Bills are either passed or voted down in direct correlation with the views of the top 1% in wealth. Nothing at all to do with R or D, or the affect on the People at large.

  5. journey80 says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Gates wouldn’t know a Good Intention if it kicked him in his evil ass.

  6. A123 says:

    We need an act to:

    — Limit Chinese imports
    — Re-start U.S. Mining of Rare Earth elements
    — Mandate Local Manufacturing of National Security Goods (e.g. Medical equipment and pharmaceuticals).

    Trump has done a good job on this front, but it will take congressional action to fully deliver. (1)
    _____

    None of these goals require expanded tracking of individuals.

    PEACE 😷
    _______

    (1) https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/04/11/white-house-advisor-peter-navarro-discusses-covid-19-response-and-need-to-reevaluate-chinese-manufacturing/

  7. Mr Paul is right to condemn these current power grabs. Slippery slope, indeed.

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