to Stop National Healthcare ID Proposal
September 11, 1998
"A plan to assign every American a lifetime health-care
ID number, similar to a Social Security number, could
face new limits under a measure headed for Senate debate,"
reports Cassandra Burrell, an Associated Press writer.
"A provision introduced Thursday [September 3, 1998]
by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, would prohibit
the Health and Human Services Department from going
forward with the plan until Congress approves its specifics,"
Senator Hutchison offered an amendment prohibiting
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
from implementing its national health-care ID system.
The amendment was incorporated into the Senate's 1999
Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations
bill. An identical measure has already passed the House
"I have serious reservations about issuing everyone
in America a national health ID card," Senator Hutchison
said. "The plan, as HHS intended to carry it forward,
raises questions of excessive government involvement
and control -- not to mention privacy concerns."
"There is no way that Americans' privacy would be
protected in one of the most sensitive, intensely personal
aspects of life," she said. "We don't want the government
to go there."
Sources: Press Release, Office of U.S. Senator
Kay Bailey Hutchison, September 3, 1998. Washington
Post, "Senate Mulls Healthcare ID Proposal," by Associated
Press Writer Cassandra Burrell, September 4, 1998.