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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Class Action Lawsuit Against IRS for 60 Million Stolen Medical Records

"Hey, for everyone to have good health care, you have to give up a lot of your privacy. That's just the way it is. I can't be responsible for that."

And reason #17,853 as to why ObamaCare is a terrible law-- abuse by the IRS and by the political machinations of those who control it. #1 is that it will significantly reduce the level of health care to the vast majority of Americans. #2 is that it's astronomically costly and doomed to utter failure.

From the Healthcare IT News.com article by Erin McCann (h/t Gateway Pundit):

The Internal Revenue Service is now facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that it improperly accessed and stole the health records of some 10 million Americans, including medical records of all California state judges.

According to a report by Courthousenews.com, an unnamed HIPAA-covered entity in California is suing the IRS, alleging that some 60 million medical records from 10 million patients were stolen by 15 IRS agents. The personal health information seized on March 11, 2011, included psychological counseling, gynecological counseling, sexual/drug treatment and other medical treatment data.   
"This is an action involving the corruption and abuse of power by several Internal Revenue Service agents," the complaint reads. "No search warrant authorized the seizure of these records; no subpoena authorized the seizure of these records; none of the 10,000,000 Americans were under any kind of known criminal or civil investigation and their medical records had no relevance whatsoever to the IRS search. IT personnel at the scene, a HIPPA facility warning on the building and the IT portion of the searched premises, and the company executives each warned the IRS agents of these privileged records," it continued.  
According to the case, the IRS agents had a search warrant for financial data pertaining to a former employee of the John Doe company, however, "it did not authorize any seizure of any healthcare or medical record of any persons, least of all third parties completely unrelated to the matter," the complaint read.

I mean the IRS and various government entities having access to your medical records is no big deal, right? It just allows the government to have access to any psychological counseling, gynecological counseling, sexual/drug treatments that you may have had. Maybe they could that all information into account when you're trying to buy a gun, or get a pilot's licence.

Nope. No potential for political abuse or political intimidation in ObamaCare. Move on. Move on.

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