Get gov’t out of the bedroom — oppose ObamaCare!
posted at 12:17 pm on September 16, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Liberals love to argue that they want government out of the bedroom, while conservatives want to intrude on the sex lives of Americans. That was, in fact, the entire argument of the Obama campaign’s War On Women PR blitz against Republicans in 2012. However, the New York Post reveals that Barack Obama’s biggest legislative victory will put government ever more firmly in the bedroom, and will demand the most intimate information from Americans (via Ed Driscoll):
‘Are you sexually active? If so, with one partner, multiple partners or same-sex partners?”
Be ready to answer those questions and more the next time you go to the doctor, whether it’s the dermatologist or the cardiologist and no matter if the questions are unrelated to why you’re seeking medical help. And you can thank the Obama health law.
“This is nasty business,” says New York cardiologist Dr. Adam Budzikowski. He called the sex questions “insensitive, stupid and very intrusive.” He couldn’t think of an occasion when a cardiologist would need such information — but he knows he’ll be pushed to ask for it.
The president’s “reforms” aim to turn doctors into government agents, pressuring them financially to ask questions they consider inappropriate and unnecessary, and to violate their Hippocratic Oath to keep patients’ records confidential.
What happens if you refuse? Your provider has some significant incentives to force your compliance:
Doctors and hospitals who don’t comply with the federal government’s electronic-health-records requirements forgo incentive payments now; starting in 2015, they’ll face financial penalties from Medicare and Medicaid. The Department of Health and Human Services has already paid out over $12.7 billion for these incentives.
Dr. Richard Amerling, a nephrologist and associate professor at Albert Einstein Medical College, explains that your medical record should be “a story created by you and your doctor solely for your treatment and benefit.” But the new requirements are turning it “into an interrogation, and the data will not be confidential.”
If you dislike having the government in your bedroom — or your diet, or your gym — then the only rational position to take is opposition to the law that puts government between you and all of your choices.