HHS Secretary Sebelius’s Double Standards on Patient Privacy

While serving as governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius pushed hard to secure patient privacy for those seeking anonymous abortions.  She even vetoed a Kansas bill that would have required physicians to notify the state for any late-term abortions.  As part of her veto, Sebelius wrote, “[W]e can never take our health privacy for granted.”

Some politicians believe that Sebelius’s actions were only intended to protect Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry, which she has always been a firm advocate, and Republican Representative from Kansas, Tim Huelskamp is one of those.  Huelskamp said, “The issue about defending Planned Parenthood and pro-abortionists here in Kansas was not about personal privacy rights. It was an excuse.  She was defending the abortion industry.”

Now in an apparent about face in her stance on patient privacy, Sebelius is strongly considering instituting a national patient database that would contain everyone’s health records in one central information reservoir.  The program is part of the Risk Adjustment Program – Data Collection (§153.340) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act otherwise known as Obamacare.

Kathleen Sebelius apparently has no qualms with sharing everyone’s private health records unless those records have anything to do with abortions.  She has a double standard that she follows for those connected to abortions and the general public.

Her actions of instigating the national database could compromise many people’s rights to employment and other aspects of life.  If these databases are open to all healthcare providers and insurance carriers, who is to say that an employer with connections won’t be able to get access to someone’s medical records.  If an employer knew that an applicant had some kind of illness or condition, they could decide not to hire them based on that information rather than their skills and education.  Your medical information in the wrong hands could have very negative effects on your employment, ability to rent, secure financing, etc.

Patient privacy has always been and still is a right that needs to be protected.  Unless you want all of your medical records and information to be stored in one central database and possibly subject to anyone’s access, I strongly urge you to contact your Senator and Representative and insist that they take immediate action to block this from happening.