Thursday, April 12, 2001
--The Final Medical
Privacy Rule and Washington’s “New Math”--
“Only in Washington
does 13,535 equal 1,” stated Kent Snyder of The Liberty
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
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.