Friday, February 26, 2010

Statism, Described

A snippet from a slightly-longer essay, written by a woman who is in close contact with a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (sub-committee on health and technology). HT: MoonBattery

Imagine an America where your Unique Health Identifier (UHI) is required for every access to a nationally controlled healthcare system. Imagine an America, where you must give your UHI, via a scan of your surgically implanted biochip, to pick up your prescription at the pharmacy and even when you buy over the counter medications. The number could eventually be required to purchase alcohol and tobacco products, perhaps even to track quantities of bakery goods, chocolates, trans-fats, beef, and even birth control products — or anything else the nanny bureaucrats decide to monitor. The plans to make these very things a reality right here in America are being made in this administration, under the leadership of the president's science guru, John Holdren.

Oh, no. That's not all.

Members of this sub-committee were even heard discussing how women's menstrual periods could be state monitored. How people's defecation might be monitored and used to detect broad health concerns through electronic toilet management systems. How sexual habits could be state-monitored by managing the sale of all birth-control technology through the use of the UHI.

If the State is already considered 'an immediate threat to freedom', you ain't seen NOTHIN' yet.

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neomom said...

While I truly don't put anything like this beyond this administration and a nut like Holdren... I'd like a bit more citing and sourcing....

Dad29 said...

Well, that would be nice, but it's not likely that Holdren & Co. will publish their minutes too soon.

The UIH, or something like it, is going to happen--and perhaps without ObamaCare. It makes sense; GE's now moving a technology which allows an MD in Montana to see X-rays of someone in Manhattan. (I discussed that technology with a GE guy in the mid-1980's as GEMed was going to its UNIX o/s on the MRI's.)

The only difference is 'whose database' it is--the primary physician's, or the Gummint's.

Obviously, if it's Gummint healthcare, it's the Gummint's database.

neomom said...

I left GEMS a couple years ago... I have a different perspective on some of that technology. Working there was really very cool in many ways.

The EMRs don't worry me as much as the HIPPA language does. The idea of the EMR was being pushed - or rather pulled - by the hospitals so they could computerize things for efficiency and to reduce errors. Especially errors with meds.

But it is becoming VERY clear that taking the executive branch in 2012 will be critical. Most of the real damage (sans "healthcare reform") is being done by executive order, czars and rules/regulations. With lots more damage to come. The good news is all of those can be undone easier than legislation.

Phelony Jones said...

Hm. Sounds very much like having a mark to carry around, lest you be disenfranchised.

grumps said...

So it's okay for Big Pharma to hold your UHI and all your medical records, denying or accepting claims depending on the texture of your defecant or your average BAP, as long as they using it for profit and not for some altruistic purpose?

Ask your guy Tommy! about the chips. He's a big supporter.

Do you have any idea how much I hate it when neomom is the most reasonable of you guys?

David B said...

Big Pharma is paid by me. I can go to any insurer I want. When the government holds the key, where have I heard that phrase...."papers please".

Dad29 said...

grumpy, when you yap about 'rational' discourse, you could begin with deleting the false dichotomies and false inferences from your query.

"For profit" is not OPPOSED to 'altruistic,' for openers.

"Gummint" is not a synonym for "altruistic," either.

Finally, no one here has suggested that health insurance regulation does not need reform.

But a Gummint cradle-to-grave database of each citizen's health records? Not what we want.

neomom said...

Gee grumps... I love you too.

But it would be nice if you would look at who is being supported by "Big Pharma"... you know like all the Democrats starting with Obama himself. Because if "Big Pharma" is so evil and is supporting Dems and cutting all sorts of deals with them.....

Just sayin'