I'd Rather Have the Coal
#11 Fraud, fraud, and more fraud
It's a known and proven fact that a multi-billion dollar industry of fraud, corruption and deceit has built itself up around our current Medicare/Medicaid systems. Expand those systems to what will eventually become a government-run healthcare system for every man, woman, and child in the United States, and the fraud will unavoidably grow with it.
Obama stated quite emphatically, and on more than one occasion, that part of his plan to pay for Obamacare involves cracking down on fraudulent Medicare claims and reclaiming that lost money.
Yet, to the surprise of no one, there has been no action of any kind taken by Congress or the current administration to to do anything about it.
And, why would they?
Everything this administration has done seems to revolve around one common goal. Break the American economy and bring this country to economic ruin so that we can be "rescued" from this "crisis" by the same government that got us there.
Allowing billions of taxpayer dollars to be siphoned from the Treasury into the hands of criminals every year is entirely compatible with that agenda.
Also, from that list:
10. A tell-all relationship with every doctor you see: What happens in your doctor's office must be recorded in an electronic data base that can send the information to insurers and other medical offices (Senate bill, p. 62-66). Every doctor you see will have access to your medical history. See a psychiatrist? Your foot doctor will know about it.
One thing that's often overlooked in this debate is the implementation of an electronic health records database. It's easy to see how a more streamlined system of gathering and sharing information, in any industry, can improve efficiency and reduce costs.
But that's only half the equation here.
It's one thing to have medical professionals sharing information electronically on an as-needed basis. Who could argue against that (as long as the proper security measures are taken to ensure the patient's privacy)? Anyone who's had to wait for paperwork to be mailed from one doctor's office so that it could then be faxed to another doctor's office across town knows what I'm talking about.
Put the federal government in charge of this database and you're opening a can of works of epic proportion. And, it's pretty much the same people who were crying foul at the thought of government agents under the Bush administration having access to people library accounts who are now pushing for this massive intrusion of government into our most intimate and personal histories.
Break your arm while surfing? The government's gonna know about it.
Child with a nut allergy? Bureaucrats in DC will know that too.
What's the harm, you ask?
Visit a bereavement counselor following the death of a family member? Well, the federal government now has you tagged as someone who's received psychological counseling.
You didn't really want to buy that new deer rifle, did you?
If this bill passes, you can be assured that this database requirement will be in it. The federal government and the thousands of unionized employees in the healthcare bureaucracy [read: SEIU/ACORN] will have your family's entire medical history at their fingertips.
And, if you don't think that information will be used as weapon against you and your personal liberty, you haven't been paying attention.
God help us if this comes to pass in the United States of America.