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Update/Medical Privacy 

February 11, 2000

Dear friend of liberty,

Do the bureaucrats at H.H.S. really want your comments about
their proposed regulations that will affect your medical privacy?
The A.C.L.U. doesn't think they do.

"A week from today, the period for public comment on medical
privacy regulations drafted by the Department of Health and
Human Services will end.  But according to the American Civil
Liberties Union, the public will not have been able to comment
much.  ACLU officials contend that HHS disregarded thousands of
faxes sent through the ACLU web site from citizens...." as
reported in The Washington Post yesterday.

"This is a classic case of David vs. Goliath," said Laura W.
Murphy, Director of the ACLU's Washington office.  "The HHS
system is set up so that it is far easier for special interest
groups like the insurance industry to weigh in than it is for
the average person to make their views known." 
[ACLU news release, 2/3/00]

There are only six days left before the comment period ends.  If you
haven't already submitted your comments, please do so now. 

By the way, we don't provide a form letter because we understand
HHS will count form letters as coming from one person even
though thousands might have signed it.

Kent Snyder
Liberty Study Committee


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