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September 17, 2014


Don’t Drink the EHR Kool-Aid

The Obama administration needs you to believe a lie. They have already spent nearly $25 billion of the $36 billion in taxpayer dollars allotted to move Americans from the security of paper medical records to the insecurity and government surveillance and intrusions of interoperable electronic health records (EHRs).

But you, the American patient, are not yet convinced the government EHR is a good idea. And news reports of major data breaches - 39 million patients affected - rightly worries you.

But they need you to view government EHRs as your best friend rather than the tool of your worst enemy.

So they plan to trick you. This week is a good example of their strategy. First, they declared it "National Health IT Week." Then on Monday, the federal government hosted a "Consumer Health IT Summit." Karen DeSalvo, the National Coordinator for Health IT, focused on how EHRs could make patient data accessible to patients "when and where they need it."

This is their strategy. She needs you to need the government EHR system. It would scare you to learn about the 2.2 million entities given access to your medical records through the HIPAA "privacy" rule and the HITECH Act, so she's silent as a mouse on that fact. Instead, she wants to convince you that online access to your health data is so important that you will not let it be taken away.

Money is being used to coerce your trusted doctors into helping you be convinced. Physicians will be financially penalized under Obama's "meaningful use" regulations unless at least 5% of all their patients "view, download, or transmit to a third party their health information."

They need your buy-in because without your data -- computerized, online and accessible -- the Obamacare "death panels" (PCORI & IPAB) cannot conduct research to rationalize rationing. As former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced in a press release:

"Health IT is the foundation for a truly 21st century health system where we pay for the right care, not just more care."

Notice how they will decide "right care." At a PoliticoPro briefing I attended last week in D.C., one of the panelists, John Colmers of Johns Hopkins Medicine, openly said the electronic health record is the only tool left to contain health care costs. 

Don't take the bait. Don't buy the lie. They need you as dependent on the government EHR system as you are on your smartphone. Refuse to comply with your physician's request that you view, download or transmit. Just say no.

The mandated government EHR is Obama's tool of control. It shifts control from you to the government. Federal access to all your private data -- personal, physical, behavioral, family, emotional and genetic -- will be used to profile you and your family, control your doctors and restrict your access to personalized care. 

Don't drink the EHR Kool-Aid. Your life may depend on it.

Protecting your rights to personalized care,

Twila Brase, RN, PHN
President and Co-founder


News to Know:

The Crumbling Begins 

PreferredOne Health Insurance, the insurance company with the lowest rates -- and 59 percent of all Obamacare recipients in Minnesota's Exchange -- has notified MNsure that it will not be an option on the Exchange next year. The decision, according to PreferredOne, is based on the fact that the program is "not administratively and financially sustainable." 

End-of-Life Care Threatened

A new pro-Obamacare coalition, the Patient Quality of Life Coalition, formed by former liberal Capitol Hill staffers met recently in Washington to lobby for two related federal bills to "change health care delivery." According to Belbury Review blogger Ione Whitlock, the bills would initially authorize $300 million for advertising, training, and education efforts to replace standard health care with palliative care (symptom treatment and hospice) for the very sick, rather than "expensive life-saving treatments." 

EHRs Hurt Healthcare Efficiency

A survey of attending physicians found that most lost about 48 minutes per day (about four hours in a five-day week) of free time due to maintaining electronic health records (EHRs). A majority of the 400 internists surveyed - 89.8% - indicated at least one "data management function" was slower after implementing and using EHRs. A smaller majority said it took longer to write notes, according to a research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine

A Pot of Trouble

Young people who began smoking marijuana as teenagers have many more struggles in their young adult years. For example, according to three long-running studies of young people in Australia and New Zealand, "people who were daily marijuana smokers before age 17 were much more likely to have not completed high school or graduated from college than were those who never smoked; their odds were 63 percent and 62 percent lower," according to The Lancet Psychiatry

Poll: Most Favor ACA Appeal

A new POLITICO poll of 900 likely voters in key "battleground" states and 60 competitive congressional districts found that 44 percent of respondents want to repeal Obamacare, 38 percent want to keep it but "fix it," and 17 percent want to keep the law as is. When asked to list their top concern, only ten percent of battleground voters listed health care as a concern, well behind the economy and national security issues. (subscription required)

$5.5. Billion and Building...

Federal agencies and contractors are scrambling to fix the website in preparation for the November 15 start of open enrollment. More than 60 contracts were issued to help build the site, and a third of those are already well over budget, according to the HHS Inspector General. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) calls the costs to taxpayers "infuriating," and compared the botched situation to a leaky roof with pricey repairs.       

Heartbreak After Genetic Testing

A cell biology professor chronicles his own heartbreaking discovery during a class project on the genome. He sent his own saliva (DNA) to 23andMe to demonstrate the process of getting his "personal genetic notebook" and family ancestry. What the professor found shocked him and shattered his family. He writes, "With genetic testing, I gave my parents the gift of divorce." (Graph from

Is Obamacare No Longer an Issue?

A Washington Post blogger says "explosive opposition" to Obamacare a year ago is now on "just a low simmer." Colby Itkowitz suggests that voters don't seem to care about Obamacare, and members of Congress rarely use the term in House floor speeches ( see graph). But Robert Laszewski, in his influential blog wrote on September 7, "that is about to change" and calls the potential for this fall's Obamacare enrollment to be problematic "an understatement."

7,000 Patients Exposed!

It took three years for Diatherix Laboratories to figure out a security breach that began in 2011 with the placement of patient laboratory results online. When it was discovered this summer, 7,000 patients had been impacted by the breach. Through a Google search anyone in the world would have been able to view the private test results of these patients. Professor Robert I. Field, Ph.D. urges strong privacy protection. 

Quote of the Week:

"Why should individuals be punished if they got a bump in salary?...To me, this was not the ACA I voted on." -- Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), disagreeing with making Obamacare recipients pay back part of their premium subsidy to the government if the government paid their health plan too much - interview with NY Daily News, September 14, 2014.

Stat of the Week:

$1.088 Trillion - estimated CBO cost of federal taxpayer-funded Obamacare premium subsidies from 2015 - 2024 ( p. 12 of CBO report). Compare this to the CBO's estimated 450 billion between 2015 - 2019. In short, the CBO expects an eight-fold increase in federal spending for subsidies in the first 10 years of the program. 

News Release of the Week:

'Recommendations Become Requirements'

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A new bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that will give the government even more control over Americans' private data and medical decisions.

H.R. 5214 currently sits in the House Health Subcommittee and would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who was sworn in this summer - to provide "recommendations for the development and use of clinical data registries for the improvement of patient care" and post those recommendations on the agency's web site.

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Featured Health Freedom Minute:

How Obama Plans to Ration Care

The federal government has now given $24.8 billion dollars of taxpayer money to doctors and hospitals in incentive payments for electronic health records. Obama's 2009 Recovery Act, enacted by the Democrat-controlled Congress, mandates that all doctors, hospitals and other clinicians computerize patient data. This mandate is foundational to imposing Obamacare controls over a physician's treatment decisions.

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Twila Brase broadcasts a daily, 60-second radio feature, Health Freedom Minute, which brings health care issues to light for the American public. Health Freedom Minute airs on the entire American Family Radio Network, with more than 150 stations nationwide in addition to Bott Radio Network with over 80 stations nationwide.

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