Monday, September 26, 2011

On The Record (Yours, that is)

Speaking of passing the bill to see what's in it, HHS Secretary Shecantbeserious gets to see what's in your medical records:

"(T)he federal government is demanding insurance companies submit detailed health care information about their patients"

And, of course, we're all confident that these records will be secured in a HIPAA-compliant manner and would never be used by, oh, Death Panels.

As Rep. Huelskamp points out, the reality is less, um, confidence-boosting. For example:

"(T)the HHS contractor who lost a laptop containing medical information about nearly 50,000 Medicare beneficiaries."

Of course, when such things happen in the private sector, there is legal recourse via the courts. But how do you sue the Fed's?

Well, it's just data, so no worries, right?

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