Press Release:  Medical Privacy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, April 12, 2001
Contact:  Kent Snyder, 703-241-1003

--The Final Medical Privacy Rule and Washington’s “New Math”--

“Only in Washington does 13,535 equal 1,” stated Kent Snyder of The Liberty Committee.  “The opinions of thousands of private American citizens who expressed their specific concerns about the final medical privacy rule were ignored; they simply were not counted,” he added in response to Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson’s decision about the final medical privacy rule announced today.

The Liberty Committee sponsored a petition drive for American citizens to express their objections to specific parts of the final medical privacy rule.  During a 10-day period, 13,535 people from around the country added their names and addresses to the petition.  The petition along with the names and addresses were delivered to Health and Human Services by the comment-period deadline of March 30, 2001. 

“I was told today, the day of Secretary Thompson’s long-awaited decision about this final medical privacy rule, that the 13,535 people who petitioned their government about a very wide-sweeping federal regulation would be counted as merely one comment,” Kent Snyder stated.  Mr. Snyder continued, “It’s right out of the ‘Twilight Zone.’ To make matters worse, it doesn’t appear that Secretary Thompson will even address the concerns expressed in our petition.”

The Liberty Committee endorses the passage of H.J. Res. 38 sponsored by Congressman Ron Paul of Texas.  Congressman Ron Paul is a practicing physician with over 30 years of experience.   H.J. Res. 38 was submitted under the Congressional Review Act of 1996 that allows Congress to repeal a federal agency's regulation on an expedited basis.  

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