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Update:  Success!  12/16/00

Medical Privacy - Stop National Medical I.D.

Are we going to get what we donít want?

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 funding.  Dr. 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 government.


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