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House Narrowly Passes National, Mandatory Health-Insurance Bill
That Requires Insurance Companies to Exchange Data Electronically

Patient Consent Will NOT Be Required In Most Instances

November 12, 2009

The House narrowly approved by a vote (220-215) a national, mandatory health-insurance bill (H.R. 3962) late Saturday, November 7.

As the Institute for Health Freedom has previously reported this legislation:

(1) requires nearly every American to buy “acceptable” health insurance;

(2) forces citizens to buy health insurance from companies that are required to exchange patients’ health information electronically; and

(3) infringes on everyone’s health-privacy rights, because H.R. 3962 ties the requirement for electronic data sharing to the HIPAA privacy rule (which actually permits patients’ data to be shared—without patients’ consent—among more than 600,000 organizations for purposes related to treatment, payment or health-care operations).

The Senate is awaiting the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) score of its version of the mandatory health-insurance bill (which includes the provisions cited above). The Hill reports today (Nov. 12): “Once the CBO releases its cost analysis of [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid’s bill, within a few days. . .Reid plans to file the first procedural motion to bring the bill to the Senate floor next week.”

Thus, concerned citizens should call their Senators soon to tell them to vote “NO” on the mandatory health-insurance bill. The Senate main number is (202) 224-3121. You can also email Senators at their homepages (find here): http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm.

Following is sample language you may wish to use:

Dear Senator XX:

I earnestly request that you vote NO on the national, mandatory health-insurance bill because the bill destroys both freedom and privacy. It does so by: (1) requiring nearly every citizen to buy “qualified” health insurance; (2) forcing qualified health insurance companies to exchange everyone’s personal health information electronically; and (3) denying privacy rights (because the bill ties mandatory electronic data exchanges to the HIPAA privacy rule, which actually permits data sharing for many purposes without patients' consent).

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