|Are we going to get what we
According to a just-released
Gallup survey, 91% of Americans oppose a federal requirement
to assign every person a medical identification number
(similar to the Social Security number) for the purpose of
creating a national medical database.
President Clinton, from the
beginning of his presidency, as well as other government
bureaucrats and organizations, have wanted the federal
government to assign each of us a unique, medical
identification number in order to create and operate a
government-run, national medical database.
The idea was a result of President Clintonís 1993
Health Care Task Force chaired by Mrs. Hillary Clinton.
Even though the recommendations of the task force
were soundly rejected by the American people and the U.S.
Congress, the recommendation of issuing medical
identification numbers came back to life in 1996.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability
Act (HIPAA) of 1996 that was passed and signed into law does
mandate the assignment of a unique, medical identification
number to every American.
During the past two years, however, Congress has
stopped the medical identification numbers from being issued
by withholding funding Ė but only temporarily.
In June, Representative Ron
Paul introduced an amendment to the Labor-H.H.S.-Education
appropriations bill that would continue the moratorium on
Paulís amendment was accepted by the U.S. House in June
and is now a part of the House/Senate Labor-H.H.S.-Education
appropriations conference report.
We need to make absolutely
certain that Dr. Paulís amendment stays in the conference
report and becomes a part of the final Labor-H.H.S.-Education
appropriations bill. House
and Senate members of the conference committee are working
now on their final report and will likely issue it by Friday
(12/08/00) so time is of the essence.
Please urge your U.S.
representative and your two U.S. senators to make certain
the Paul amendment stays in the conference report so we
wonít get what we donít want Ė a medical
identification number assigned to each of us by the federal