You know, I’m probably the only moderate progressive who disagrees with this Act. Not for the same reasons the far right does, but because of the mandate for private insurance, instead of Medicare for All. Unlike those in this article, I don’t see this as a step in the right direction–as a way to get single payer in the door.
However, I do agree with the right on the issue of gov’t control of healthcare. They already are violating the Fourth Amendment, so what will hold them back in violating a person’s right to privacy with their health records? If it were a separate agency, such as Medicare–a well run agency–I would trust it more.
And then we have the growing lack of privacy for employees for everything, including medical.
Here’s a site that answers questions on the rights of employers to ask for medical history:
The HIPPA privacy rule does not prevent your employer from asking you for information about your health if your employer needs the information to administer sick leave, workers’ compensation, wellness programs, or health insurance.
Read that again. They have it couched as “necessary” for the employer to obtain your private information to buy health insurance or administer wellness programs…
And people won’t refuse this especially in this economy—they don’t want to make waves and will agree to it even if they disagree strongly in handing over private information. This opens the door for an employer in dismissing someone because of a health reason. Actually, as the lawyer points out, they can fire you for any reason if you live in an “At Will” state. There’s just no rights of the employees in this and that bothers me a great deal.
Again, if there was a Medicare for All, the employers would not have such monumental power over their employees’ lives.
For me, however, I’m less and less likely to seek out the medical profession for issues, and find the natural plants and organic food that will help me regain my health. Thank God for doctors like Natasha Campbell-McBride who think outside the box and use that wonderful intuition to come up with solutions that aren’t a) making the pharmaceutical companies rich; and b) aren’t ignoring diet and the environment as a major factors in health.
The medical profession is set up to try to rein in the horse after it’s left the barn, instead of fixing the gate (diet and healthy environment). That makes no sense to me at all.