Thursday, January 17, 2013

Obama Coercing Doctors to Spy?

President Obama announced this week, by executive order, that his healthcare program known as ObamaCare will play a key role in controlling guns.
President Obama says his ObamaCare law gives doctors the right to question patients about guns in their homes and report that information to the government.

"Physicians have always had a duty to keep their patients' confidences. In essence, the physician's duty to maintain confidentiality means that a physician may not disclose any medical information revealed by a patient or discovered by a physician in connection with the treatment of a patient. In general, AMA's Code of Medical Ethics states that the information disclosed to a physician during the course of the patient-physician relationship is confidential to the utmost degree. As explained by the AMA's Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, the purpose of a physician's ethical duty to maintain patient confidentiality is to allow the patient to feel free to make a full and frank disclosure of information to the physician with the knowledge that the physician will protect the confidential nature of the information disclosed." (American Medical Association, Resources, patient confidentiality

How can a physician refuse to give private medical information to the government, when that same government has taken over the healthcare industry?  If they want to earn a living, they can't. 

It is beginning to look like the Obama administration is determined to use medical professionals to spy on American citizens. The Bush administration's Patriot Act is helping.

The Patriot Act:  Implications for Physicians
In response to the events of September 11, 2001, Congress enacted the Patriot Act, [50 U.S.C. 1861 et seq.] on October 21, 2001, which gave federal officials power to conduct surveillance within the United States to prevent terrorism and monitor the activity of foreign individuals.  The Patriot Act was reauthorized with substantial amendments on March 9, 2006.  Under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the Federal Government has the authority to request (i) a court order requiring a physician to produce medical records (“production order”), as well as (ii) a concurrently issued non-disclosure order (“gag order”) that prohibits a physician from disclosing to any other person (except for an attorney or persons necessary for compliance with the production order) the existence of the production order*.
Pursuant to the 2006 amendments to the Patriot Act, a physician may challenge the legality of a production order immediately in a U.S. District Court.  A concurrently issued gag order may not be challenged for one year.
A petition to challenge a production order will be assigned to a single judge from a pool of three U.S. District Court judges who will conduct an initial review of the challenge within 72 hours of the petition’s filing.  If the petition is frivolous, the judge is required to immediately deny the petition and affirm the production order whereupon the recipient of the order must comply with the terms of the order within the time period stated unless an appeal is filed.
A judge considering a petition to modify or set aside a production order may do so if such order is deemed to be unlawful.  A judge considering a petition to modify or set aside a nondisclosure order may grant such petition only if the judge finds that there is no reason to believe that national security may be endangered.
Recommendations for Health Care Professionals Faced with a Production Order
The recipient of a Patriot Act production order for patient records is required to promptly respond by the stated production date.
When a physician is the recipient of a Patriot Act production order, the AMA recommends the following:
  • The physician immediately notify his/her attorney and discuss action to be taken;
  • If the physician has received only a production, but not a gag order, the physician should consider with his/her attorney whether to notify the affected patient(s). The purpose of the notification would be to (i) obtain a patient’s consent to disclosure pursuant to the production order and/or (ii) to tender to the patient the opportunity/obligation to challenge the production order.  To view a sample notification letter, click here.
If the patient consents, the physician should promptly comply with the production order. If the patient seeks to challenge the production order, the physician should be guided by his/her counsel as to whether/when he/she may still need to comply with the order if the order is not quashed or limited.
If the patient does not respond to the notification or refuses to consent or does not seek to challenge (or unsuccessfully challenges) the production order, the physician may find guidance in the AMA Code of Ethics which provides a physician should “not reveal confidential communications or information without the consent of the patient, unless provided for by law or by the need to protect the welfare of the individual or public interest."

So we see that when the medical professional sees the "writing on the wall" that if they do not cooperate and release the information requested without challenging it, their income can be interrupted. ObamaCare will be paying them for most of their patients if and when it is fully implemented. 
Hitler was named "Man of the Year" in 1938 by Time Magazine. They noted Hitler's anti-capitalistic economic policies:
"Most cruel joke of all, however, has been played by Hitler & Co. on those German capitalists and small businessmen who once backed National Socialism as a means of saving Germany's bourgeois economic structure from radicalism. The Nazi credo that the individual belongs to the state also applies to business. Some businesses have been confiscated outright, on other what amounts to a capital tax has been levied. Profits have been strictly controlled. Some idea of the increasing Governmental control and interference in business could be deduced from the fact that 80% of all building and 50% of all industrial orders in Germany originated last year with the Government. Hard-pressed for food- stuffs as well as funds, the Nazi regime has taken over large estates and in many instances collectivized agriculture, a procedure fundamentally similar to Russian Communism."
(Source: Time Magazine; Jaunuary 2, 1939.)

Anyone who has any hint of mental illness, stress, anxiety, depression, etc...will be targeted.


Nazi treatment of the disabled

The Nazis began a huge propaganda campaign against mentally and physically disabled Germans. They did not fit into the Nazi stereotype of the pure Aryan, that is physically fit with an obedient mind to serve the Reich. In addition, they were viewed as a burden on society, as they were unable to work and drained resources from the state.
As early as July 1933, the Nazis passed a law that allowed forced sterilization of 350,000 men and women, who were deemed likely to produce 'inferior' children.
Between 1939 and 1941 a programme of euthanasia (so called ‘mercy killing’), ordered by the state, led to the murder, by doctors and medical staff, of at least 70,000 people.
Both the Protestant and Catholic Churches in Germany protested against the euthanasia programme. In July 1941 a letter from the Catholic bishops was read out in all churches, declaring that it was wrong to kill. Opposition to the programme increased amongst the Catholic population of Germany.
During July and August 1941, Bishop Clemens August Graf von Gale, a Catholic Bishop issued three sermons condemning this practice; he sent a telegram of the third sermon to Hitler calling on him to “defend the people against the Getsapo”. This third sermon was also reproduced and sent all over Germany to families, and even to German soldiers on the Western and Eastern Fronts.
Fearing a public uprising across Germany, Hitler  ordered a stop to the killings. 
However, the policy continued in one way or another through to 1945. For instance, after the Nazi invasion of Poland they murdered thousands of seriously ill Poles in hospitals.
The experience gained as a result of the euthanasia programme was also put to use from 1941 onwards as the Nazis sought to murder the Jews of Europe.
American Eugenics ...American eugenics refers inter alia to compulsory sterilization laws adopted by over 30 states that led to more than 60,000 sterilizations of disabled individuals. Many of these individuals were sterilized because of a disability: they were mentally disabled or ill, or belonged to socially disadvantaged groups living on the margins of society. American eugenic laws and practices implemented in the first decades of the twentieth century influenced the much larger National Socialist compulsory sterilization program, which between 1934 and 1945 led to approximately 350,000 compulsory sterilizations and was a stepping stone to the Holocaust. Even after the details of the Nazi sterilization program (as well as its role as a precursor to the "Euthanasia" murders) became more widely known after World War II (and which the New York Times had reported on extensively and in great detail even before its implementation in 1934), sterilizations in some American states did not stop. Some states continued to sterilize residents into the 1970s!...(Lutz Kaelber, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Vermont),
Did these doctors protect their patients? Will yours keep his Oath?

  • I SOLEMNLY PLEDGE to consecrate my life to the service of humanity;
  • I WILL GIVE to my teachers the respect and gratitude that is their due;
  • I WILL PRACTICE my profession with conscience and dignity;
  • THE HEALTH OF MY PATIENT will be my first consideration;
  • I WILL RESPECT the secrets (private medical info) even after patients death.
  • I WILL MAINTAIN by all the means in my power, the honour and the noble traditions of the medical profession;
  • MY COLLEAGUES will be my sisters and brothers;
  • I WILL NOT PERMIT considerations of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, social standing or any other factor to intervene between my duty and my patient;
  • I WILL MAINTAIN the utmost respect for human life;
  • I WILL NOT USE my medical knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat;
  • I MAKE THESE PROMISES solemnly, freely and upon my honor.

"Whatever has happened before will happen [again]. Whatever has been done before will be done [again]. There is nothing new under the sun." Ecclesiastes 1:9 

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