Skip to comments.House committee looks into IRS seizure of 60 million medical records
Posted on 06/12/2013 9:38:19 AM PDT by grundle
Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are looking into allegations that the Internal Revenue Service seized 60 million medical records from a California health care provider.
(T)he Committee on Energy and Commerce is investigating allegations that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in the course of executing a search warrant at a California health care providers corporate headquarters in March 2011, improperly seized the personal medical records of millions of American citizens in possible violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, members of the committee wrote in a letter Tuesday to Acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel.
The letter to Werfel, which requires a response by June 25, comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed by an unnamed healthcare provider against the IRS in California Superior Court. The lawsuit alleged that 15 IRS agents improperly stole medical records during search of the facility in March 2011, according to a report about the incident from Court House News.
The search warrant the agents were executing, the committee noted in citing the Court House News report, was allegedly limited to financial records of a former employee of the company, not medical records.
In light of these allegations and in anticipation of the IRSs increased role in implementing health care under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we are writing to request information regarding your agencys ability to both protect the confidential medical information of millions of Americans and respect the safeguards imposed by HIPAA [Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act], the letter reads.
The IRS did not immediately respond to request for comment.
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Too late. Damage done. The data will remained stored somewhere,,, for ever!
Exactly. They will look into it. And little else. Like everything else they look into.
1- have the IRS target conservatives (Financial)
2- have the NSA target conservatives (Command and Control)
3- have the HHS target conservatives (Healthcare)
4- have the DHS shut off the supply of ammunition. (ability to fight back)
You have just shut down conservatism in America. Getting rid of Obama in 2016 is not enough. Changing the senate in 2014 isn’t enough.
We need to primary every RINO.
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... I don’t understand the “Outrage.” Very shortly the IRS are going to be in possession of ALL medical records of ALL people legally in the US. Of course those who are undocumented will get a pass on this ..... hmmmmmmmm .... yet another perk for them!
From the first article reporting this outrage, through many other articles to this article we still have only speculation (and by Freepers I might add) as to what Health organization those 60 million records were confiscated. Why in the ‘H’ can’t we know what organization these piddly few million records were stolen from?
It’s this sort of omission of fact that makes me think of investing heavily in tin foil.
WE will give it a GOOD LOOKING INTO!
Maybe even fire off a stern letter!
Please contribute to my reelection campaign, as we are doing the work for the american people
“improperly stole medical records”
What, pray tell, is the proper way to steal them?
Proof that we need a scorecard to track the scandal count and status.
Amnesty is the end.
I plan to drink.
“We need to primary every RINO.”
Yes, they ARE THE REAL PROBLEM! They undermine any attempt to right the ship of state.
It's not any fun living at one of those "pivotal moments" in a nation's history.
What we need is to primary and defeat every politician in Washington DC who has been there ten years or more.
These people have gotten rich by destroying America.
Get rid of every stinking -assed one of them.
What, pray tell, is the proper way to steal them?
That's a worthy question, rightwingcrazy, to which I happen to have a simple, clear, obvious answer: the proper way to steal things is to avoid getting caught.
The Chicagoization of America includes a rapidly worsening plague of the dumbest, least competent criminals in history.
This is the perfect time for a term limit bill. With all the crap happening and America no longer trusting the government, no congresscritter would dare to vote against it.
And if he does, primary him.
Brian K From Fox and Friends with the doctor
IRS - Search & Seizure - IRS Raided California Health Care Provided Med Records - Wake Up America!
In such a way as to leave no "paper trail"... Regards,
PS Option 2: Just make copies...
Well, they had to start SOMEWHERE! It may as well be CA.
We’re so screwed.
This time, it’s not the media’s fault. It is simply not mentioned in the filing, which is not out of the ordinary. By what must be a million-to-one coincidence, I happen to have the link to that filing in my keyboard cashe as I posted it in another thread just a few minutes ago.
According to the Supreme Court decision at the heart of the new NSA scandal, just pretend that you have no expectation of privacy for that information you “voluntarily” gave to a third party as a necessary part of the normal business relationship, and that you “assumed the risk” that, for no reason whatsoever, it would inevitably be given to the government. That lays the foundation for the proper way to steal any and all personal information.
My original thought was Kaiser and Blue Cross since this seems to have been accomplished in California and they are two of the larger insurers in the state. However, the current population is only about half of the number that were confiscated so one would think that it has to be more than just California.
Would need to know if they are counting one record as one visit or one record as total visits by one person. Based on the information available, it’s beyond speculation and just wild guessing, IMO.
Rush very briefly mentioned this theft without giving any details.
Aw c'mon, Flag_This, ammo can make it fun! ........................................................................................................... FRegards
Just took the politically valuable ones, no doubt.
And, apparently, every member of SAG. Hello to Hollywood!