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
history? Should federal, state, and local governmental
(including law enforcement) along with banks, insurance
HMOs, drug companies, marketing companies, researchers,
governmental agencies and others have access to your medical
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
December 28, 2000, your consent will NOT be required for a
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
proposed federal medical privacy rule. Your efforts in
2000 significantly helped delay the implementation of these
medical privacy regulations. On December 28, 2000, the
privacy rule was published in its final form. However,
secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson is
one more opportunity for citizens to present comments to his
Comments must follow strict guidelines on form and content.
is not accepting comments by telephone or fax. To help you
with these guidelines, we are providing a petition
that addresses the most serious flaws of the final, 367-page
Please sign the petition by 1:00 p.m. ET, Friday, March 30th
will deliver your petition in person to Secretary Thompson's
before 5:00 p.m. that day.
Every American needs to know what we know. Please help
nationwide, grassroots effort. Sign the petition at
and ask others
to do the same.
If you need additional information about this issue, go to
Health Freedom at
We now have two opportunities to protect our medical
1. passage of H. J. Res. 38 and 2. action that Secretary
Please go to http://www.thelibertycommittee.org/medprivacypetition.htm
The Liberty Committee