CCHF and Co-Signers Urge Pres. to Stop Nat'l Patient ID, Protect Privacy

CCHF Says a Unique Patient Identifier Would be the End of Privacy and the Foundation of a National Health Data System and Socialized Medicine

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom is urging President Donald Trump to protect Americans’ private medical information by vetoing a bill that would allow funding to advance a National Patient ID for every man, woman and child in America.

On Friday, the advocacy organization for patient privacy sent President Trump a letter concerning this matter, which was also signed by leaders from the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), Foundation for Economic Education, FreedomWorks, the Goldwater Institute, Independence Institute, Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty and Tea Party Patriots Action. 

On June 12, CCHF reports, the House of Representatives voted on an amendment to HR 2740—the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Legislative Branch, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act—to eliminate the longstanding prohibition against funding a Unique Patient Identifier (UPI)—essentially a national tracking number to link all medical records, which would lead to a requirement that citizens produce a National Patient ID for access to care (i.e., “no card, no care”). 

“The UPI was first proposed in the 1993 Clinton Health Security Plan,” said CCHF president and co-founder Twila Brase. “President Clinton called it a ‘Health Security Card.’ When that failed, it was added as part of HIPAA in 1996. But in 1998, Congressman Ron Paul stopped it by putting a prohibition on funding in the 1999 appropriations bill, and in the appropriations bill every year thereafter, making any development or discussions about it illegal. The UPI is current law in HIPAA but has never been implemented due to the funding prohibition from Congressman Ron Paul.

“However, once Congressman Paul left office in 2013, proponents began to push Congress to allow the UPI to be developed,” Brase added. “For example, in 2017, although the prohibition remained, the Appropriations Act of 2017 authorized HHS to examine ‘the issues around patient matching’ and encouragedthe National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and CMS ‘to provide technical assistance to private-sector led initiatives to develop a coordinated national strategy that will promote patient safety by accurately identifying patients to their health information.’The advocates of a government-issued National Patient ID cheered.”

President Trump has already voiced his opposition to the bill, albeit not necessarily for the reasons CCHF outlines. But CCHF says the president can stop the National Patient ID, singlehandedly if necessary, by vetoing H.R. 2740 if the language striking Section 510 and its prohibition on funding the development of a Unique Patient Identifier remains in the bill. 

“A National Patient ID would become a national tracking number used to link patient medical records together for outsider access without patient consent,” Brase said. “This unconstitutional federal number would be used to track patients, create a lifelong, fully linked, cradle-to-grave medical record, conduct research using patient data without consent, as permitted by the permissive HIPAA data-sharing rule, and become the only way to access medical care in America. A national patient ID will lead to socialized medicine and a fully linked national medical records system. It will lead to government coercion, control and interference in private medical decisions.”

Brase also writes about the Unique Patient Identifier in her award-winning book, Big Brother in the Exam Room: The Dangerous Truth About Electronic Health Records,” which also exposes how the mandated, government-certified electronic health record technology has negatively affected doctors and patients. “Big Brother in the Exam Room” also shows how and why Congress forced doctors and hospitals to install a data-collecting, command-and-control surveillance system in each exam room, as well as details the privacy-stealing HIPAA rule (Section IV), socialized medicine, patient privacy, health freedom and how the Affordable Care Act has harmed patients and doctors since 2010. Learn more at www.BigBrotherintheExamRoom.com

For more information about CCHF, visit www.cchfreedom.org, its Facebook page or its Twitter feed @CCHFreedom. Also view the media page for CCHF here. For more CCHF reports on health privacy and surveillance, visit the CCHF privacy page. For more about CCHF’s initiative to protect newborn DNA, visit www.itsmydna.org. 

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