"Health care providers made headlines this week belly-aching about a government mandate to move their paper records to digital records".
Ah, yes. The benevolent government. Mandate=force. No free market here. You will do what we want or else .Doctors and hospitals who don’t comply with this will see, starting in 2015, financial penalties from Medicare and Medicaid. Force + lack of compliance=penalties of course.
Individuals signing up are required to provide personal information such as Social Security numbers, tax returns and household income information that will be entered into the Federal Data Services Hub — a new information sharing network that allows other state and federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Homeland Security, to verify a person’s information.
Last month the department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General issued a report saying the federal government had failed to meet multiple deadlines for testing operations and reporting data security vulnerabilities involved with the Data Hub. …The repercussions of opening the exchanges with an unproven security system could be devastating, putting the personal and financial records of millions of Americans at the fingertips of data thieves. Look no further than the accidental release by the IRS this past July of thousands of taxpayer Social Security numbers on its website. And of course do not forget Wikileaks.
All of your personal medical history and financial data online with the proven lack of internet security by the government. What could possibly go wrong?
The Obamacare website states that one has no expectation of privacy when applying online. This is in direct violation of current HIPPA laws.
Here's a a better suggestion. Using your computer, compile your medical history and print it out using your printer. Carry a copy with you at all times. It would be much easier (and safer) to use this for your "50th time".
I think we've had enough "mandating" here in the land of the free.
The Tea Party wants to go back to pre Revolutionary times? Austerity doesn't work? Japan shrank its budget for years and it failed? Have I just entered the Twilight Zone? More than likely the world of 1984 where up is down and down it up. War is peace etc.
What the Tea Party wants(not to be confused with Libertarians (Capital L) is:
• Less regulation
• End of Fractional Reserve Lending
• Sound money
• Smaller government
• Work rule reform
• Pension reform
• Free trade
What the Eurozone socialists delivered(and called it austerity) is:
• Higher income taxes
• Higher VAT
• Proposed financial transaction taxes
• More regulation
• No free trade
• Little if any work rule reform
• Little if any pension reform
• Reluctant (at best) cuts in government jobs
• Reluctant (at best) cuts in government spending
• No sound money
• No end of fractional reserve lending
• Bailouts at taxpayer expense
Paul Krugman would be proud of Europe's attempt and would in fact call it austerity.
Real austerity has not been tried since WWII. There is no basis for dismissing austerity as a solution for our problems. Our fathers and grandfathers experienced austerity. The present generations have not experienced it, and will not experience it until we are absolutely bankrupt, and every other nation suddenly cuts of our credit. It could happen any day, and when it does, true austerity will be the only available plan.
Japan has invested heavily in the public sector in an attempt to jump-start its economy, much as the U.S. did with "stimulus". The result? Japan's economy stagnated. The left now claims Japan didn't stimulate "enough." Never enough stimulus, never enough taxes.