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Disabled woman denied entry to U.S. after agent cites supposedly private medical details
The Star ^ | 11/28/2013 | By: Valerie Hauch

Posted on 12/02/2013 7:25:05 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Ellen Richardson went to Pearson airport on Monday full of joy about flying to New York City and from there going on a 10-day Caribbean cruise for which she’d paid about $6,000.

But a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent with the Department of Homeland Security killed that dream when he denied her entry.

“I was turned away, I was told, because I had a hospitalization in the summer of 2012 for clinical depression,’’ said Richardson, who is a paraplegic and set up her cruise in collaboration with a March of Dimes group of about 12 others.

The Weston woman was told by the U.S. agent she would have to get “medical clearance’’ and be examined by one of only three doctors in Toronto whose assessments are accepted by Homeland Security. She was given their names and told a call to her psychiatrist “would not suffice.’’

At the time, Richardson said, she was so shocked and devastated by what was going on, she wasn’t thinking about how U.S. authorities could access her supposedly private medical information.

“I was so aghast. I was saying, ‘I don’t understand this. What is the problem?’ I was so looking forward to getting away . . . I’d even brought a little string of Christmas lights I was going to string up in the cabin. . . . It’s not like I can just book again right away,’’ she said, referring to the time and planning that goes into taking a trip as a disabled person.

Richardson said she’d had no discussion whatsoever with the agent at the airport about her medical history or background.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: depression; disability; medicine; transparency

1 posted on 12/02/2013 7:25:05 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
We accept AIDS-infected immigrants and refuse entrance to a depressed paraplegic?
2 posted on 12/02/2013 7:29:06 AM PST by July4
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To: July4

The more interesting question is -— How did the US government get her private medical details?


3 posted on 12/02/2013 7:30:21 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Fly to Panama from Canada and take the cruise to Miami
= same difference= no TSA


4 posted on 12/02/2013 7:31:08 AM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Something about this story sounds bogus. Only three doctors approved by Homeland Security in Toronto to write excuse letters? I can’t imagine any idiot would write such a requirement and then pick only three to accept waivers. There’s some fakeness to this story.

Heck, currently, we have over one million Americans who are certified or need-to-be-certified as nuts....walking around the US. Does Homeland Security think one more nut from Canada would make any difference?


5 posted on 12/02/2013 7:32:00 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: SeekAndFind

Every single person in the world needs to think about the the power of the US government & their constant & growing abuse of that power.


6 posted on 12/02/2013 7:33:00 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: SeekAndFind

Under the rules of HIPAA that requires the protection and confidential handling of protected health information....she has one hell of a case against DHS.


7 posted on 12/02/2013 7:33:03 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority...")
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To: SeekAndFind

a 10-day Caribbean cruise for which she’d paid about $6,000.
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she should have been denied entry just on that stupidity...


8 posted on 12/02/2013 7:37:30 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: SeekAndFind
Homeland Security will have access to any personal information you enter into healthcare gov. Stands to reason they have access to everything else, including medical records. I wouldn't put it past DHS to hack records of citizens from foreign countries as well. Where is the Canadian government on this?
9 posted on 12/02/2013 7:37:32 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: pepsionice

I think this is a made up story.


10 posted on 12/02/2013 7:44:31 AM PST by ifinnegan
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To: Tennessee Nana

RE: she should have been denied entry just on that stupidity...

Well, if stupidity is the measure of entry to the USA, then the tens of millions of people who voted for Obama should be deported. :)


11 posted on 12/02/2013 7:45:00 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Yeah, I can see the case now: Crazy Canadian’s Delusions vs US Government.

People on thIs thread would buy the Brooklyn Bridge.


12 posted on 12/02/2013 7:46:36 AM PST by ifinnegan
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To: SeekAndFind

When word gets out that this sort of thing happens people will be very reluctant to visit any mental health professional at all. The result will be unpredictable behavior of individuals at unpredictable times, leading to a breakdown in society. And of course, Martial Law to maintain law and order.

Unintended consequences or part of the plan?


13 posted on 12/02/2013 7:48:35 AM PST by Paulie
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To: SeekAndFind

who pays $6,000 for a Caribbean cruise ???

are we supposed to feel sorry for her because she spent so much money ???

If she had paid a more reasonable $1,000 this story might have more merit...


14 posted on 12/02/2013 7:48:46 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: ifinnegan
I tried to access the Star website, but couldn't for some reason. Maybe it isn't secure?

There was a time in our nation's history when I would have dismissed such a story immediately. But things have changed drastically under the Obama regime. Nothing sounds far fetched now.

15 posted on 12/02/2013 7:49:59 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: fatnotlazy

I know what you mean.

Yet, this doesn’t pass the smell test.


16 posted on 12/02/2013 7:53:38 AM PST by ifinnegan
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To: pepsionice

” Only three doctors approved by Homeland Security in Toronto to write excuse letters?”

It’s actually believable. When I was applying for my green card to emigrate to the US from Canada there was only ONE clinic you could go to, as per the application, for the medical exam. That clinic held the “yay or nay” as to whether or not you were accepted medically.


17 posted on 12/02/2013 7:54:48 AM PST by howlinhound (Live your life so that, when you get up in the morning, Satan says, "Oh Crap!..He's awake" - Unknown)
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To: ifinnegan; All

I googled and found a CBC story on this, so who knows?:

http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/canada/toronto/story/1.2444960


18 posted on 12/02/2013 7:56:46 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Tennessee Nana

“who pays $6,000 for a Caribbean cruise ???”

Paraplegics booking through March of Dimes?


19 posted on 12/02/2013 7:57:45 AM PST by Eepsy
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To: fatnotlazy

If you read the article you see she is a celebrity depressive who has written a book about it.

She told the world, the NSA or whomever she decries didn’t have to

Still, I doubt the entire story now more than ever.

Can we say lagging sales, publicity, sales pick-up = royalties?


20 posted on 12/02/2013 8:02:10 AM PST by ifinnegan
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Under Obamacare, HIPAA is now null and void...except for people who actually work with patients...they will be fired for such violations.


21 posted on 12/02/2013 8:18:28 AM PST by Sioux-san
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To: SeekAndFind

Did you really think that the government wasn’t looking there too? The government has proven that it will do whatever it wants anytime it wants.

Do you think the ‘justice’ department will stop it?


22 posted on 12/02/2013 8:24:26 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: ifinnegan

She is a complete failure at trying to kill herself.


23 posted on 12/02/2013 8:31:52 AM PST by Theoria (Obama lied. My healthcare died.)
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To: SeekAndFind

We wouldn’t have our current power grid if customs and immigration had their way and blocked Steinmetz from entry.


24 posted on 12/02/2013 8:37:18 AM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: pepsionice
I can’t imagine any idiot would write such a requirement and then pick only three to accept waivers.

I can.

BTW, your doctor can't join the obamacair system.

He (or she) has to be invited to join.

25 posted on 12/02/2013 8:39:45 AM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: Paulie
When word gets out that this sort of thing happens people will be very reluctant to visit any mental health professional at all. The result will be unpredictable behavior of individuals at unpredictable times, leading to a breakdown in society. And of course, Martial Law to maintain law and order.

The left has always loved to have untreated mental patients running loose on the street. It's why they emptied the asylums back in the day.

26 posted on 12/02/2013 8:42:53 AM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: Sioux-san
Under Obamacare, HIPAA is now null and void...

What did I ever do to you???

27 posted on 12/02/2013 8:44:07 AM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: Eepsy

Good point...

but she could have booked that same cruise for a bunch of money less on her own...

cabins for disabled people dont cost more than regular cabins, there are elevators etc for wheelchairs..


28 posted on 12/02/2013 8:59:31 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: SeekAndFind

So, to get this straight, homosexuals are not crazy, but previously depressed handicapped people are? Only in progressive America!


29 posted on 12/02/2013 9:03:57 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: SeekAndFind

CBP got it because it was shared by the Canadians. I am guessing the info in the Canadian system says more than just clinical depression.


30 posted on 12/02/2013 9:25:35 AM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: null and void

well, you made me smile today - 4 that, my gratitude )


31 posted on 12/02/2013 9:45:42 AM PST by Sioux-san
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To: Sioux-san
My pleasure, ma'am...

Ma'am photo a-tip-o-the-hat-to-you.jpg

32 posted on 12/02/2013 10:34:27 AM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: null and void

What a cutie pie!


33 posted on 12/02/2013 8:31:14 PM PST by Sioux-san
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To: Sioux-san

I have no idea who that kid is, but I’ve been using that image since I found it for cases were a simple thank you seems inadequate.

It is an absolutely perfect hat tip and ma’am rolled into one.

(And he is a cutie pie)...


34 posted on 12/02/2013 8:34:10 PM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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