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The Obama Crony in Charge of your Medical Records
Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2013 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 05/22/2013 4:17:04 AM PDT by Kaslin

Who is Judy Faulkner? Chances are, you don't know her -- but her politically connected, taxpayer-subsidized electronic medical records company may very well know you. Top Obama donor and billionaire Faulkner is founder and CEO of Epic Systems, which will soon store almost half of all Americans' health information.

If the crony odor and the potential for abuse that this "epic" arrangement poses don't chill your bones, you ain't paying attention.

As I first noted last year before the IRS witch hunts and DOJ journalist snooping scandals broke out, Obama's federal electronic medical records (EMR) mandate is government malpractice at work. The stimulus law provided a whopping $19 billion in "incentives" (read: subsidies) to force hospitals and medical professionals into converting from paper to electronic record-keeping systems. Penalties kick in next year for any provider who fails to comply with the one-size-fits-all edict.

Obamacare bureaucrats claimed the government's EMR mandate would save money and modernize health care. As of December 2012, $4 billion had already gone out to 82,535 professionals and 1,474 hospitals; a total of $6 billion will be doled out by 2016. What have taxpayers and health care consumers received in return from this boondoggle? After hyping the alleged benefits for nearly a decade, the RAND Corporation finally admitted in January that its cost-savings predictions of $81 billion a year -- used repeatedly to support the Obama EMR mandate -- were, um, grossly overstated.

Among many factors, the researchers blamed "lack of interoperability" of records systems for the failure to bring down costs. And that is a funny thing, because it brings us right back to Faulkner and her well-connected company. You see, Epic Systems -- the dominant EMR giant in America -- is notorious for its lack of interoperability. Faulkner's closed-end system represents antiquated, hard drive-dependent software firms that refuse to share data with doctors and hospitals using alternative platforms. Health IT analyst John Moore of Chilmark Research, echoing many industry observers, wrote in April that Epic "will ultimately hinder health care organizations' ability to rapidly innovate."

Question: If these subsidized data-sharing systems aren't built to share data to improve health outcomes, why exactly are we subsidizing them? And what exactly are companies like Faulkner's doing with this enhanced power to consolidate and control Americans' private health information? It's a recipe for exactly the kind of abuse that's at the heart of the IRS and DOJ scandals.

As I reported previously, a little-noticed HHS Inspector General's report issued last fall exposed how no one is actually verifying whether the transition from paper to electronic is improving patient outcomes and health services. No one is actually guarding against GIGO (garbage in, garbage out). No one is checking whether recipients of the EMR incentives are receiving money redundantly (e.g., raking in payments when they've already converted to electronic records). And no one is actually protecting private data from fraud, theft or exploitation.

But while health IT experts and concerned citizens balk, money talks. Epic employees donated nearly $1 million to political parties and candidates between 1995 and 2012 -- 82 percent of it to Democrats. The company's top 10 PAC recipients are all Democratic or left-wing outfits, from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (nearly $230,000) to the DNC Services Corporation (nearly $175,000) and the America's Families First Action Fund Democratic super-PAC ($150,000). The New York Times reported in February that Epic and other large firms spent hundreds of thousands of dollars lobbying for the Obama EMR "giveaway."

Brandon Glenn of Medical Economics observes "it's not a coincidence" that Epic's sales "have been skyrocketing in recent years, up to $1.2 billion in 2011, double what they were four years prior."

It's also no coincidence, as a famous Democratic presidential candidate once railed, that the deepest-pocketed donors "are often granted the greatest access, and access is power in Washington." That same candidate, Barack Obama, named billionaire Democratic donor Faulkner as the only industry representative on the federal panel overseeing the $19 billion EMR "incentives" program from which her company benefits grandly.

The foxes are guarding the Obamacare henhouse. The IRS vultures are circling overhead. The shadow of tyranny and the stench of corruption are unmistakable. If you see something, say something. BOLO is our watchword.


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1 posted on 05/22/2013 4:17:04 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The DNC (RICO organization) will make $$$$$ by SELLING
citizens’ medical information.

And why not? There is NO more Law in the USA, only
racists in control, and al Qaeda coming in.


2 posted on 05/22/2013 4:20:24 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: Diogenesis

It sure looks like it


3 posted on 05/22/2013 4:21:46 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

What could go wrong?


4 posted on 05/22/2013 4:24:02 AM PDT by browniexyz
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To: browniexyz

Exactly. ObamaCARE was designed by prisoners in jail
and NOT EVEN READ BY THE CORRUPT SENATE
.... WHICH MADE THEMSELVES AND MOSLEMS EXEMPT.

What could POSSIBLY go wrong?


5 posted on 05/22/2013 4:25:37 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: Kaslin

In only a little more than four years we’ve gone from a government “by the people and for the people,” to a government that rewards its friends and punishes its enemies. Nice work, low-information voters!


6 posted on 05/22/2013 4:28:15 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: Kaslin

They even look evil.


7 posted on 05/22/2013 4:39:01 AM PDT by FES0844
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To: Kaslin

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” Albert Camus


8 posted on 05/22/2013 4:41:08 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Kaslin

Let me guess—would it be too far fetched to connect her to voting machines, too? That would put the icing on the cake.


9 posted on 05/22/2013 4:43:22 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Kaslin

If the GOP House votes one nickel to finance this monstrosity, they should all be primaried next year. CUT OFF THE MONEY to every part of ObamaCare! It cannot survive without Congress shoveling taxpayer money down its maw.


10 posted on 05/22/2013 4:44:20 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
Nice work, low-information voters!

Don't you realize they don't care? No one does anymore. Conservatives are sidelined for the most part, and those who are vocal are being investigated by the IRS. There are no conservative outlets for information to the low information masses. The MSM is injecting partisan politics into everything, everyday.

I'm really just waiting for the door-to-door shit to start. It's coming. You have to know it's coming.

11 posted on 05/22/2013 4:44:27 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Kaslin

About the only statement Obama has never lied to us about is this one.

“We will punish our enemies and reward our friends”

He told us flat out what he would do. Why is anyone surprised when he does it.


12 posted on 05/22/2013 4:52:12 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Kaslin

This will have a chilling effect on doctor-patient communications. Perhaps that is part of the intent - along with abusing the confidences of those foolish enough to disclose adverse information.


13 posted on 05/22/2013 4:56:11 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Kaslin

I guess HIPAA (Health Info Privacy Act) is just another one of those stumbling blocks to total control.


14 posted on 05/22/2013 5:22:27 AM PDT by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: Kaslin; onyx; maggief; hoosiermama; thouworm; Nachum; crosslink; SE Mom; MestaMachine

PING!


15 posted on 05/22/2013 5:32:00 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: Kaslin

We’re making our list and checking it twice!


16 posted on 05/22/2013 5:33:38 AM PDT by Renegade
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To: FES0844

> They even look evil.

First thing I noticed about her too. Feinstein as well.


17 posted on 05/22/2013 5:37:52 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: penelopesire

Outrageous.


18 posted on 05/22/2013 5:43:54 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Pollster1

You are so right. I am looking to find a Doctor not using the system just for this reason.

I saw the EMR’s when the bill was passed and asked my then Doctor if he would participate in the passing of my health records. That was an affirmative so I have not returned since. Is this smart, no. But, is my blood pressure, weight and cholesterol the business of the federal government? Hell no! And I will not be supplying any of my personal medical information to an entity that will use my health records against me just as they will use my tax records.

So, I will probably end up with heart disease, colon cancer or a stroke, but I’ll be damned if I will go quietly into that government night.


19 posted on 05/22/2013 5:44:48 AM PDT by vg0va3
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20 posted on 05/22/2013 5:45:44 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: penelopesire; Kaslin; onyx; hoosiermama; thouworm; Nachum; crosslink; SE Mom; MestaMachine

http://host.madison.com/news/local/writers/mike_ivey/epic-systems-central-in-lobbying-for-health-records-subsidy-story/article_25de817c-7b99-11e2-9c14-0019bb2963f4.html

Epic Systems central in lobbying for health records subsidy, story claims

February 21, 2013

Officials at Epic Systems are not commenting on a New York Times report Wednesday that the firm was central in lobbying Congress on a $19 billion “giveaway” to convert all U.S. medical records from paper to computers.

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The paper’s latest story on electronic health records focuses on the lobbying by Allscript, whose former CEO, Glen Tullman, was health care technology adviser to the 2008 Obama campaign. Sales at the Chicago-based firm have soared from $548 million in 2009 to an estimated $1.44 billion last year, which the report says reflects a $1.3 billion acquisition of Eclipsys in 2009 — based on a bet that the health records stimulus would pass Congress.

Tullman personally made $225,000 in campaign contributions from 2008 to 2012, during what the Times calls a period of “intense lobbying around the passage of the legislation and how the rules for government incentives would be shaped.”

Epic Systems has enjoyed similar growth, with sales going from $650 million in 2009 to $1.2 billion in 2011. The company has grown from 3,400 employees in 2009 to more than 6,200 today at its sprawling complex west of Verona.

While Epic Systems founder and CEO Judy Faulkner is not mentioned by name in the story, records show she personally contributed $328,000 to national political campaigns between 2008 and 2012. A story in Forbes in 2012 listed her personal wealth at over $1.7 billion, an estimate that Epic took issue with.

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“Nothing that these companies did in my eyes was spectacular,” said John Gomez, the former head of technology at Allscripts. “They grew as a result of government incentives.”


21 posted on 05/22/2013 5:49:17 AM PDT by maggief
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To: rarestia
I'm really just waiting for the door-to-door shit to start. It's coming. You have to know it's coming.

If we stay on our current trajectory it certainly will happen. We have the history of mankind as a guide.

22 posted on 05/22/2013 5:55:36 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Kaslin

What this country needs is a law against INCEST in government!!


23 posted on 05/22/2013 6:16:33 AM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: Kaslin
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24 posted on 05/22/2013 6:28:41 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: Kaslin
The IRS vultures are circling overhead. The shadow of tyranny and the stench of corruption are unmistakable.

Are we headed for revolution?

25 posted on 05/22/2013 6:33:02 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Rummyfan
Are we headed for revolution?

Sure looks like it. Wonder what will be the straw that breaks the camel's back? Maybe several things?

I pray it will be bloodless but I doubt the Marxist basturds will give up that easy.

Get ready.

26 posted on 05/22/2013 6:42:40 AM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: vg0va3
You are so right. I am looking to find a Doctor not using the system just for this reason.

An entire other medical industry is going to emerge from this fiasco. It may be underground but it will exist nonetheless.

27 posted on 05/22/2013 6:43:39 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Kaslin; FES0844; jsanders2001; penelopesire; onyx
The "lady" in the article's picture is Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

This is Judy Faulkner:

http://www.fierceemr.com/story/judy-faulkner-criticism-epic-system-stymies-interoperability-unfair/2013-05-17

28 posted on 05/22/2013 6:49:50 AM PDT by haffast (Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abe Lincoln)
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To: haffast

Analysis: Some Republicans see new scandal in Sebelius fundraising
By David Morgan - WASHINGTON | Tue May 21, 2013 4:06am EDT
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/21/us-usa-healthcare-scandals-analysis-idUSBRE94K08420130521


29 posted on 05/22/2013 6:55:44 AM PDT by haffast (Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abe Lincoln)
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To: haffast

I know it is not Judy Faulkner. It is the photo at the beginning of the article though and the article is also about ObamaCare.


30 posted on 05/22/2013 8:17:16 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
I really like your reply


31 posted on 05/22/2013 9:16:06 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Hey, Kaslin, thanks a lot. That’s really nice!


32 posted on 05/22/2013 10:03:43 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

You are very welcome *S*


33 posted on 05/22/2013 10:29:19 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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