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A Government Database about our Sex Lives: Gee, What Could Go Wrong?
Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted on 09/22/2013 5:06:16 AM PDT by Kaslin

I’ve shared several videos that make the case against Obamacare.

Here’s one narrated by a Dutch woman warning that America shouldn’t repeat the mistakes of European government-run healthcare.

Here’s one from Reason TV about how free markets produce lower healthcare costs.

Here’s one explaining the need to deal with the government-caused third-party-payer crisis.

And I had to reluctantly admit that even one of Karl Rove’s group produced an effective video on Obamacare harming young people.

I think all of those videos are well done and contain critical information, but I suspect the humor in this clever video may change even more minds. Or at least it will be more widely watched.

Fortunately, the creepy Uncle Sam is only symbolic at this stage. While Obama probably would prefer a single-payer system like the one in the United Kingdom, where doctors and other medical personnel actually are government bureaucrats, the immediate danger is that Obamacare will turn health care professionals into agents of the government.

And the politicians will then direct doctors and others to collect information that the government shouldn’t possess.

If you think I’m exaggerating, read some of the chilling details from Betsy McCaughey’s recent New York Post op-ed.

‘Are you sexually active? If so, with one partner, multiple partners or same-sex partners?” Be ready to answer those questions and more the next time you go to the doctor, whether it’s the dermatologist or the cardiologist and no matter if the questions are unrelated to why you’re seeking medical help. And you can thank the Obama health law. …The president’s “reforms” aim to turn doctors into government agents, pressuring them financially to ask questions they consider inappropriate and unnecessary, and to violate their Hippocratic Oath to keep patients’ records confidential. …Dr. Richard Amerling, a nephrologist and associate professor at Albert Einstein Medical College, explains that your medical record should be “a story created by you and your doctor solely for your treatment and benefit.” But the new requirements are turning it “into an interrogation, and the data will not be confidential.”

I don’t like the idea of government bureaucrats having my private information, but what’s probably most worrisome about this Obama Administration scheme is that the data won’t be confidential.

As McCaughey writes, it’s just a matter of time before hackers or incompetent bureaucrats make that information public.

Patients need to defend their own privacy by refusing to answer the intrusive social-history questions. …Are such precautions paranoid? Hardly. WikiLeaker Bradley Manning showed how incompetent the government is at keeping its own secrets; incidents where various agencies accidentally disclose personal data like Social Security numbers are legion.

Do you want details about your sex life put at risk of disclosure? That’s what this issue is all about, not to mention the fact that what we do behind closed doors is none of the government’s business.

And I’m sure you’ll be delighted to know it’s not just data about your sex life that will be available for bureaucrats and identity thieves.

Here’s what Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah recently wrote.

Individuals signing up are required to provide personal information such as Social Security numbers, tax returns and household income information that will be entered into the Federal Data Services Hub (Data Hub) — a new information sharing network that allows other state and federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Homeland Security, to verify a person’s information. The problem? …Last month the department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) issued a report saying the federal government had failed to meet multiple deadlines for testing operations and reporting data security vulnerabilities involved with the Data Hub. …The repercussions of opening the exchanges with an unproven security system could be devastating, putting the personal and financial records of millions of Americans at the fingertips of data thieves. Other government certified systems have already proven to be less than reliable in protecting personal information. Look no further than the accidental release by the IRS this past July of thousands of taxpayer Social Security numbers on its website. …we can’t stand on the sidelines and let the Administration potentially expose the personal data of millions of Americans to more fraud.

By the way, everything written by McCaughey and Hatch also helps to explain why we should resist privacy-destroying schemes such as the Internet sales tax cartel being pushed by greedy politicians. I know I wouldn’t want all my online purchases in a database where state and local bureaucrats would be able to snoop for details.

And we also should oppose international tax harmonization schemes that are predicated on governments all over the world collecting and sharing private information about our finances. That kind of data would be a gold mine for hackers and identity thieves, not to mention there are huge risks of making that information available to corrupt, incompetent , and venal governments.

The common theme is that we shouldn’t let government have more information about us, particularly when the politicians want that data to pursue bad tax policy or bad health policy.


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1 posted on 09/22/2013 5:06:16 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

If asked the response would be a simple: “Go F—k Yourself”.


2 posted on 09/22/2013 5:11:15 AM PDT by maddog55 (America Rising.... Civil War II)
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To: Kaslin

These questions are for the insurance companies to use to determine you premium rates. They will deciding what risk factor do you fall in. It’s the same thing for pre-existing coverage. They’re happy to cover you but the law doesn’t say how much they charge you. And the same goes for children living at home.


3 posted on 09/22/2013 5:16:18 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Kaslin

I would gladly pay ten bucks today for a politician hunting license tomorrow.


4 posted on 09/22/2013 5:17:09 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama: the bearded lady of the Muslim Brotherhood))
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To: Kaslin

The question is...... if we refuse to answer the doctors questions, what will the result be? Can they force us to answer?


5 posted on 09/22/2013 5:20:40 AM PDT by Apple Pan Dowdy (... as American as Apple Pie)
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To: Kaslin

I’m surprised they aren’t trying to sell it as ObamaDate.com or something.

Gay, straight, Bi, Curious? Have no fear, ObamaDate is here to help you figure it all out with a series of statistically calculated and socially acceptable blind dates.


6 posted on 09/22/2013 5:25:45 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kaslin

A government database on sexual habits?
Now that just goes to show just how much influence the Clintons still have in Washington.


7 posted on 09/22/2013 5:29:09 AM PDT by Tupelo (There are no Republicans or Democrats in Washington. Just Millionaires protecting their turf.)
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To: Kaslin

Lie.


8 posted on 09/22/2013 5:31:50 AM PDT by HotKat (Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason. Mark Twain)
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To: Kaslin
The "Navigators" are high school dropouts, felons, maybe even illegals and they are going to have ALL OF OUR INFO!!!! This is INSANITY!!!

Plus, who thinks that Republicans will get as good as health care as Democrats??? They will know how we VOTE....who we give money to....they will know EVERYTHING ABOUT US in ONE PLACE!!

9 posted on 09/22/2013 5:31:57 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: maddog55
If asked the response would be a simple: “Go F—k Yourself”.

That's what I'm thinking.

10 posted on 09/22/2013 5:34:25 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: VerySadAmerican

Or knowing your sex life comes in handy when the NSA is tapping your phones and the IRS comes knocking.


11 posted on 09/22/2013 5:36:09 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Make today a great day. Insult a liberal.)
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To: Kaslin

Another Freeper wrote the following to the issue of Doctors asking about your sex life, when the question is not necessary:

...Tell them yes, you’ve had sex with the 0bama’s, both of them, at the same time, and insist the Doctor post the statement to the electronic record.


12 posted on 09/22/2013 5:38:17 AM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: maddog55; JLAGRAYFOX; mazda77; vette6387; MamaDearest; freekitty; SouthTexas; Forty-Niner; flat; ...

Ya think the Dictator, his Gestapo Regime, and Congress will disclose their sex lives for Big Bro’s database? Is the answer HELL NO? Why not? Oh, I forgot, they’re the Rulers and we’re their slaves, ya think?


13 posted on 09/22/2013 5:43:52 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Steven Tyler

Don’t leave out Pelosi, Reid, Boxer, Feinstein as well. Picture that sick picture if you want to throw up.


14 posted on 09/22/2013 5:44:47 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Apple Pan Dowdy

I can confirm that some doctors are asking these questions. My primary care physician asked me the very same question, verbatim. My response was, “That is not relevant to the care I am seeking today.”

She pressed me and said that she’s mandated by the government to ask the questions. I persisted by saying, “I am not here for my reproductive, sexual or mental health. That question is not relevant to my care, and I am not going to answer it.”

When she pressed me the third time, I gathered my things, stood up, walked out of the exam room, and told the girl at the front desk to “please bill me for today’s visit and take me off your patient roster.”

I will not be going back. I did not make a spectacle nor did I say anything rude. I didn’t like this physician anyway. She struck me as a bootlicker, and this confirmed my suspicions.


15 posted on 09/22/2013 5:46:30 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia

I’m just thinking...if no one answers the questions, no database is formed.

Personally, I cannot wait for my doctor to ask if I have guns or my sexual stuff. Trust me...it’ll be a fun day indeed.


16 posted on 09/22/2013 5:52:00 AM PDT by servantboy777
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To: servantboy777

FReepers, myself included, have spoken with a lot of bluster on this subject. I will say that I felt completely blindsided and betrayed by this doctor when she asked these questions. They were completely inappropriate, asked at the wrong time and for the wrong reasons. When you’re behind that closed door with your physician, you’re expecting a private experience where you can be honest and open about your life and health. When they start asking questions about your sex life, your sexual preference, and whether or not you’re a law-abiding gun owner, you feel completely betrayed and dumbstruck.

I was literally struck dumb. My mouth must’ve been agape for a good 20-30 seconds. I never thought I’d see this day where irrelevant requests were made of me in the privacy of a doctor’s office. I honestly felt like there was a government proctor sitting in the extra chair in the exam room scribbling notes on a legal pad. It took every ounce of stomach I had to be polite and thoughtful.


17 posted on 09/22/2013 5:56:54 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Kaslin

With all the NSA snooping why would they need us to volunteer our info? I’m sure they already have it.

Also, if Russia is looking for true patriots to come live in a country that’s freer than the U.S., I hereby apply. I could be a S-hort P-udgy Y-okle. Get that? I doubt the NSA gets it.


18 posted on 09/22/2013 6:06:45 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Kaslin

If asked I might reply I’m 65 years old and married to the same woman for 45 years, what do you think.


19 posted on 09/22/2013 6:08:18 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: rarestia
>>It took every ounce of stomach I had to be polite and thoughtful.<<

Absolutely, ya don't have to be ugly or rude. Just play with them. Come up with some clever answers that leave their mouths open for a bit.

Have some fun with it. Lets see....what could ya say to stump’em?

Sexual preference - I prefer myself or Rosies my girl, yes she is, lovin my Rosie.

Sex life - Well, I've been a male pretty much all my life. I really enjoyed the sexual encounter with those aliens up near Roswell. Green tang....shew wee...there outta this world I tell ya doc.

Law abiding gun owner? As far as you know doc. or Ever since that gun jumped off the counter and killed that burglar, it packed it's things and went on a road trip.

Well doc, I prefer to bludgeon my attackers. Bow and arrow...the weapon of my people. Ya see doc, I'm 1/64 Chick-a-saw engine.

Ok...corny I know, but tryin to get warmed up here folks. hehe

20 posted on 09/22/2013 6:16:57 AM PDT by servantboy777
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To: Kaslin

Heterosexuals will be punished.


21 posted on 09/22/2013 6:21:27 AM PDT by Iron Munro (When a killer screams 'Allahu Akbar' you don’t need to be mystified about a motive.)
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To: Kaslin
My Dutch friend told me about Dutch health care about 15 years ago. She rushed back to Holland so She could take her mother to Germany for a procedure that she had been waiting for for 6 months in Holland. Unfortunately the 6 month wait was too long and the woman died in a German hospital.

I heard on the radio that European countries are finally getting fed up with their health system. You would think that obozo and the dims would catch on and pay attention to the mistakes of others.

22 posted on 09/22/2013 6:22:33 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: rarestia
She pressed me and said that she’s mandated by the government to ask the questions.

Fine, but are you mandated by the government to answer them?

23 posted on 09/22/2013 6:44:24 AM PDT by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: Kaslin

If you are not having sex with your own sex, you won’t be treated.


24 posted on 09/22/2013 6:47:44 AM PDT by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: Excellence

There are things you think of after the fact that you wish you’d thought of during. That’s one of them.


25 posted on 09/22/2013 6:52:58 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: maddog55

“If asked the response would be a simple: “Go F—k Yourself”.”

Many of us probably have a long-term working relationship with our primary doctor. I like my doctor...been with him for a good 20 years...with the same practice for over 30. He was my father’s doctor, as well as my mother’s. I respect him and value his medical care.

The main thing is that he’s on the same side of this issue as I am. He’ll understand when I avoid answering “those questions”. He may even give me some guidance on how to answer.

I hope I don’t lose his medical care over this. But if that happens, I can’t be disrespectful to the man (he actually saved my mother’s life after picking up on something miniscule during her regular office visit). He and I will just have to agree to disagree.


26 posted on 09/22/2013 6:58:46 AM PDT by moovova
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To: moovova

That’s only if you can keep your doctor... then you have emergency room visits (which no one wants) and the acute care for a weekend visit if your docs not in.

Bottom line is they get nothing from me.


27 posted on 09/22/2013 8:02:29 AM PDT by maddog55 (America Rising.... Civil War II)
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To: maddog55

Me neither...


28 posted on 09/22/2013 8:18:28 AM PDT by moovova
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To: Kaslin

Gee, once we get back in power we eeevil conservatives could use that data to put homosexuals and child molesters in those neat FEMA camps...

Is the < /sarc > tag really needed?


29 posted on 09/22/2013 8:57:01 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Apple Pan Dowdy
Can they force us to answer?

They sure can but they can't tell truth from a plausible story and they don't have the time to unravel tens of millions of "yarns". You can use their own rational, a good lie is better than the truth.

Regards,
GtG

30 posted on 09/22/2013 1:02:13 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: rarestia

So stop being polite, the time for that is past. If these government agents start losing teeth the behavior will stop.


31 posted on 09/22/2013 2:37:43 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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