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Universal Background Checks and Physician Reporting Are Just Plain Frightening

hiimterry Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 9:12 AM
The response I have gotten, even from some pro-gun friends, is that the physician reporting aspect is no big deal. They say that HIPAA prevents that information from being shared in spite of what Obama's executive order says. I'd really like some facts that I can use to refute that argument. I don't have enough hours in the day to read through various legislation to get to the real answer.
Dot462 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 1:08 PM
It's true that a lot of information sharing with regard to medical records requires patient consent or a subpoena (or, in the case of mental health information, a court order), but remember that Obama's goal is to have an electronic medical record within five years of passing the ACA and that record would be able to be accessed nationwide. Of course, that's probably impossible since there's no national standard for the EMR and many of these current programs don't talk to each other. There's already a court decision (Tarasoff) which requires psychiatric professionals to report to law enforcement if a patient threatens others and that particular information doesn't need patient consent.
you've been served Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 11:41 AM
I am in a position to be very knowledgeable about HIPPA laws. In every case, provision is clearly made for sharing of any and all medical information about any individual to any government agency empowered to conduct criminal investigations. We routinely provide personal data about patients to police officers, Dea agents, Lawyers, etc. All they need is a judge's order for the information. Obama or Holder could easily obtain a broad order from a federal judge (appointed by a liberal) to allow data mining of personal data to occur. In fact, I'm sure Homeland security already has such an order though they may not be utilizing it yet due to the overwhelming size of such a search.

For years now, we've heard from all types, ranging from the "over-informed" to the just plain ignorant, claiming that under President Obama the nation isn't just moving towards "socialism," but rather in a direction in which liberty truly disappears quickly and tyranny creeps in and takes its place.

But even for those who may have been primarily fiscal conservatives and who otherwise believed social policy should lean toward a "mind your own business" approach, several of the gun-control proposals coming from President Obama likely came as a shock.

I don't even want to get into what qualifies as...