End the Mandate: legislative efforts to end ObamaCare

Forcing every American to obtain a congressionally-approved health insurance plan is not just unconstitutional; it is a violation of the basic freedom to make our own decisions regarding how best to meet the health care need of ourselves and our families.   At both the state and federal levels, energetic citizens are working on innovative legislative solutions to repeal and invalidate the PPACA and restore our individual liberty.  In this podcast, Matt Hawes, VP of Programs at the Campaign for Liberty, updates Michael Ostrolenk about on going efforts including the End the Mandate Act, state nullification, and push back against the patient privacy intrusions. Listen to learn about what’s happening and how you can help.  In addition, click here to read the 2-sentence End the Mandate Act  and ask your Congressman to support it.  The bill, introduced as H.R. 4995 last year, will be reintroduced this year.

Survey of American Medical Privacy Concerns

Are American’s concerned that the widespread push for implementation of electronic medical records will affect the privacy of their medical history? Insurance companies and the government often tout claims that patients welcome the convenience of EHRs but brush aside questions about privacy.

 In this interview with Michael Ostrolenk, Deborah Peel, MD of www.PatientPrivacyRights.org discusses a recent Zogby poll that queried 2,000 patients about their attitudes about how their personal information is handled. The results suggest that insurance companies, bureaucrats, and legislators need to reexamine their assumptions and take a more serious approach to protecting patient privacy.

As well as discussing the survey, Dr. Peel also debunks other common EHR myths including “deidentified” medical data mining and the “cost savings” of EHR implementation.