Medical Privacy Deadline 

March 20, 2001


Dear liberty activist,

Liberty cannot exist without the right to privacy.

What part of our lives deserve privacy more than our personal medical
history? Should federal, state, and local governmental agencies
(including law enforcement) along with banks, insurance companies,
HMOs, drug companies, marketing companies, researchers, foreign
governmental agencies and others have access to your medical records
WITHOUT your consent?

Under the final medical privacy rule adopted by the Department of Health
and Human Services (H.H.S.) and published in the Federal Register on
December 28, 2000, your consent will NOT be required for a variety of
people to read your personal medical history.

Last year, during a seven-day period in February, over 12,000 of you
sent comments to then-Secretary Donna Shalala objecting to the
proposed federal medical privacy rule.  Your efforts in February of
2000 significantly helped delay the implementation of these so-called
medical privacy regulations.  On December 28, 2000, the federal
privacy rule was published in its final form.  However, the new
secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson is allowing
one more opportunity for citizens to present comments to his department.

Comments must follow strict guidelines on form and content.  H.H.S.
is not accepting comments by telephone or fax. To help you comply
with these guidelines, we are providing a petition
(http://www.thelibertycommittee.org/medprivacypetition.htm)
that addresses the most serious flaws of the final, 367-page rule.
Please sign the petition by 1:00 p.m. ET, Friday, March 30th and I
will deliver your petition in person to Secretary Thompson's office
before 5:00 p.m. that day.

Every American needs to know what we know.  Please help with this
nationwide, grassroots effort.  Sign the petition at
http://www.thelibertycommittee.org/medprivacypetition.htm and ask others
to do the same.

If you need additional information about this issue, go to Institute for
Health Freedom at
http://www.forhealthfreedom.org/Publications/Privacy/MedPrivFacts.html .

We now have two opportunities to protect our medical privacy:
1. passage of H. J. Res. 38 and 2. action that Secretary Thompson can
take.

Please go to http://www.thelibertycommittee.org/medprivacypetition.htm
now.


Kent Snyder
The Liberty Committee


 

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