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Oklahoma Joint Committee Meeting on Healthcare Reform OK-SAFE Covers IT, Security and Privacy Issues

Kaye Beach

Nov 3, 2011

I attended the fourth Joint committee meeting on the effect of the federal healthcare reform laws on the state of Oklahoma.

Of course the highlight of the day, for me, was Amanda Teegarden’s presentationHealthcare Reform –
IT, Security & Privacy Issues/Concerns
, on behalf of OK-SAFE.

Amanda presented a clear, lucid and powerful 45 minute presentation of the research she has spent months working on.

The presentation laid bare the ugly guts of the federal health care reform by describing it by its most basic components.

}Health Care Reform – is really about the use of IT to implement a nationwide health information network (NHIN), that will enable the seamless flow of information across boundaries, and that allows a growing global surveillance system to function.

And that;

}Electronic Health Records  – Reform is predicated on the creation of a standardized, interoperable electronic health record (EHR) on every single individual
This system is;
}Cradle-to-Grave – EHRs are used for data collection, aggregation and reporting and are intended to track a person from birth to death. (Longitudinal)
And;
}EHRs are universal and to be shared globally – not only within our government, but with foreign governments, universities, and other third parties.
}Requires Standardization and Interoperability – to establish uniformity and compatibility in data collection, regardless of jurisdiction
It gets really personal;
}EHRs include each person’s genetic information – and will be used for research purposes without the knowledge or consent of the person
Not to mention;
}Rights killing – Health care reform, and other data collection networks, do an “end-run” around search warrants and nullify our inherent rights to life, liberty and property.

The presentation was split into six sections

Part I The Federal Data Hub/IT/Digital Everything

Part II Health Care Reform Defined/National Standards/Global Adoption

Part III Office of the National Coordinator/                                             Government+Industry +Academia = PPPs /One “Fused” System

Part IV State Initiatives

Part V Privacy & Security

Part VI Conclusion

Your personal, medical information flows from you to the health IT data collection system to the prying eyes of the federal government and research universities to the private sector and even foreign organizations.


Especially noteworthy were the points made about the inclusion of health information into law enforcement and intelligence data fusion.

Fusion Center: A collaborative effort of two or more agencies that provide resources, expertise, and/or information to the center with the goal of maximizing the ability to detect, prevent, apprehend, and respond to criminal and terrorism activity. Source: Recommended Fusion Center Law Enforcement Intelligence Standards March 2005

Purpose – the elimination of any barrier to information exchange and sharing, regardless of jurisdiction.  Information is to be shared nationally and internationally.

As noted in the notes section of slide 31;

The Fusion Center Guidelines have now been updated to incorporate public health and health care community information.

This is possible due to policy changes allowing the seamless flow of information across boundaries, and because all state systems, including the health care system use common sets of standards and are interoperable.  Both the Fusion Centers and the Health Care System are NIEM Compliant – both are part of the Nationwide Health Information Network.

The result – one fused system.

Read more about the integration of “public health and healthcare communities into the homeland security intelligence and information sharing process.” here

and here- Health Security: Public Health and Medical Integration for Fusion Centers

In short, when it comes to privacy, there is none.

Slide 41 touches up our medical and genetic information used for research purposes.

There are a few other surprises and outrages contained in the presentation, so be sure to take a look at it.

Amanda concludes;

The American People Are NOT Slaves – Nor simply ‘carbon-based life forms’[as one federal document refers to us]

Government, via health care reform and other federal initiatives, is establishing a globally networked and integrated  intelligence enterprise – one that includes an extraordinary amount of extremely personal, detailed information about the America people.

Government, in it’s attempt to be an all-knowing technocratic “god” and to satisfy the IT industry’s insatiable, ever-changing appetite, is doing an end-run around human dignity and nullifying our God-given rights to life, liberty and property.

And gives the joint committee seven recommendations;

1.Repent – not kidding here
2.Do not establish a state-based Health Insurance exchange – it will be the same as the Federal government’s version
3.Allow people to escape HIT/HIE system without penalty;  do not penalize providers who opt not to adopt EHRs or participate in this system
4.Repeal state laws that prohibit individuals from seeking alternative health care services,  i.e. homeopathic medicines or non-traditional treatments
5.Terminate the Oklahoma Health Information Exchange Trust
6.Audit the Oklahoma Health Care Authority – expenses outweigh benefits
7.Adhere to the OK Constitution – work to restore liberty

View OK-SAFE’s presentation here

Go to  www.okhealthcare.info for information on this and past joint committee meetings.

Calls needed! HB 2130 HUB, Health Care Exchanges

March 14, 2011

Currently, HB 2130 by Steele, is a key piece of enabling legislation dealing with the HUB board and the development of the Health Insurance Exchanges.  HB 2130 removes the Insurance Commissioner from oversight of the exchange and puts in place Dr. Terry Cline, OK Sec. of Health and Human Services, appointed by Gov. Fallin.

To recap:

On Friday, Feburary 25, 2011 OK Governor Mary Fallin issued a press release announcing “Oklahoma Will Accept $54 M “Early Innovator Grant” to Support Oklahoma-Based Health Insurance Exchange.”

Noticeably missing from the announcement is the fact that the “Early Innovators” grants are to fund implementation of the Information Technology (IT) infrastructure needed to operate Health Insurance Exchanges, a cornerstone of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka “ObamaCare.”  More

OK Republicans Implementing “Obama Care”

Exchanges – Cornerstone of the PPACA

The creation of Health Insurance Exchanges is a cornerstone of  PPACA (ObamaCare), without which there would be no socialized health care plan.  The plan requires an IT infrastructure to be in place in order to function.  No Exchanges, no ObamaCare.

Read more

OK2A has this to say about HB 2130:

HB2130
This is not a gun bill, but it has implications of which gun owners need to be aware. This bill implements sections of ObamaCare in Oklahoma. The people of this state voted overwhelmingly last year to opt out of ObamaCare, which contains several provisions that are nothing more than backdoor attempts to register guns and gun owners. Not to mention, there are several provisions which would infringe upon the God-given Second Amendment rights of certain individuals.

HB2130 would implement the insurance exchanges that are provided for in ObamaCare. The talking points of proponents of this bill include claims that the Heritage Foundation said that these exchanges are okay. If that is true, perhaps we need to rethink whether we should listen to anything the Heritage Foundation says. The bill would also take control of the exchanges away from the elected State Insurance Commissioner and give it to an appointed bureaucrat that does not answer to the people of the state. It is a bad bill and needs to be defeated. Please call or email your Representative and remind them that we voted against ObamaCare last year and that you expect them to vote this measure down.

House contact information:
House Switchboard: (405) 521-2711 or (800) 522-8502

Find your Representative’s email address: http://www.okhouse.gov/Members/Default.aspx

Unsure who your Representative is? Go to http://www.okhouse.gov/ and fill out the form in the lower left corner of the page.

 

HB 2130 is likely to be heard on the House floor tomorrow.  Please call your representatives and tell them NO means NO!

They should vote NO!

Oklahoma Legislators Contact Information 

Info/Contacts:
OK House Members 2011-12 – Click here.
OK Senate Members 2011-12 – Click here.

The Oklahoma Legislature website: www.lsb.state.ok.us/
The OK State Court Network: www.oscn.net

Wed March 16th 6:30 OK-SAFE Reviews Oklahoma Implementation of Healthcare Reform

Kaye Beach

March 14, 2011

If you want to be informed about this issue, you will want to be at this meeting.

Message from OK-SAFE as follows:

It appears that the Henry/Fallin administrations, as well as the Oklahoma legislature, have been, and currently are, engaged in implementing the provisions of ObamaCare, as evidenced by the federal grant applications and legislation, while appearing to oppose ObamaCare via SQ 756 and the national lawsuit.

There will be an open discussion/review of both the grants and the legislation paving the way for the implementation of ‘ObamaCare’ in Oklahoma at two meetings this week.
See details below.

OKC - Wednesday, March 16, 2011 – The Village Library, 10307 N. Penn Ave, The Village (OKC), Oklahoma.  Time 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Tulsa/Broken Arrow - Saturday, March 19, 2011 – Heartland HQ Building, 1008-B N. Hickory, Broken Arrow, OK.  Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am.

Currently, HB 2130 by Steele, is a key piece of enabling legislation dealing with the HUB board and the development of the Health Insurance Exchanges.  HB 2130 re3moves the Insurance Commissioner from oversight of the exchange and puts in place Dr. Terry Cline, OK Sec. of Health and Human Services, appointed by Gov. Fallin.

This bill is being presented by freshman legislator Rep. Glen Mulready, (HD-68) who apparently agreed to carry this bill for leadership.  Leadership has not done him any favors here – HB 2130 is not a bill one would wish to be associated with in the future.

We are recommending a NO vote on HB 2130.  We also suggest to Rep. Mulready that if he is anxious for approval that he might want to get dog – politicians make lousy friends.

Find all of this information and more at www.OK-SAFE.com

 

Warning. The following Post is Rated R

Kaye Beach

March 8,2011

This post was given an R rating due to its sensitive subject matter.

This post may not be suitable for all readers.

 

It contains material that some might consider objectionable.

Post has been Rated R for Radical, Relevant and Revealing Republican content.

 

Proper discretion is advised.


From the Paul’s Valley Daily Democrat

March 1, 2011

Bill Would Help Citizens Search for Health Coverage

Oklahoma is one of seven states to receive an early innovator grant


 

Relevant

There is one small fact that Paul’s Valley Daily Democrat neglects to mention;

From OK-SAFE’s Blog

Exchanges – Cornerstone of the PPACA

The creation of Health Insurance Exchanges is a cornerstone of PPACA (ObamaCare), without which there would be no socialized health care plan.  The plan requires an IT infrastructure to be in place in order to function. No Exchanges, no ObamaCare.

These insurance Exchanges are mentioned 278 times in the Act.

Read More

 

Oklahoma House of Representatives Tue Mar 01, 2011, 04:29 PM CST

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma — The Legislature continued taking steps forward to reduce the number of uninsured Oklahomans. House Speaker Kris Steele authored House Bill 2130, which defines the membership and appointments to the Health Care for the Uninsured Board (HUB). (Emphasis mine)

“Oklahoma has made tremendous strides in developing initiatives for those needing health coverage,” stated House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee. “Because of cutting-edge technology, we have the opportunity to take this initiative to the next level and develop a plan to reduce Oklahoma’s uninsured population.”

The seven-member HUB consists of representatives from the Insurance Commissioner’s Office, the Oklahoma Healthcare Authority, insurance companies, agents and also consumers. The purpose of the HUB is to implement a market-based insurance exchange.

 

 

The HUB (Health Care for the Uninsured Board) is being described as a Market-based insurance exchange but independent brokers beg to differ;

From OK-SAFE’s Blog

Health Insurance Exchange Impact on Independent Brokers

Several independent insurance brokers in Oklahoma are concerned about the impact the exchanges will have on their businesses.  The exchanges operate contrary to the free enterprise system and most likely will put the independent insurance broker out of business.(Emphasis mine) Click here to hear the 2/27/11 interview with Mark Croucher of WHY-Insurance.

Back to the talking points memo…I mean news article:

“Healthcare coverage is not a one-size-fits-all issue,” said Steele. “We need to make all options available to the people. The goal is to equip Oklahomans with the information necessary to make wise decisions. The exchange will provide a user-friendly tool intended to help people find a health plan that best fits their individual needs.”

The HUB is comprised of appointees from the Governor, Speaker, and Senate Pro Tempore. The foundation and framework of the Oklahoma exchange were established in 2009. The actual concept of the exchange model was developed several years ago by the Heritage Foundation.

Hey!  That is just what Obama says!




Such generosity.  Since when are politicians in such a hurry to give credit away?

Strangely, the Heritage Foundation rejects the honor.

President Obama this morning cited The Heritage Foundation’s research in an attempt to sell his health care package as a “middle of the road, centrist approach.” We take great exception to this misuse of our work and abuse of our name. This is but the latest act in a campaign to sell this big-government program as a moderate law that incorporates conservative ideas. Americans should not be fooled.

Let’s be very clear: We oppose this new law because it is a radical new intrusion into the daily lives of all Americans and a massive takeover of one-sixth of the U.S. economy. We view the President’s health care law as inimical to our national interests and offensive to the historic American dedication to the principle of self-government.

Our research has shown that President Obama’s health approach is financially unsustainable and will ultimately lead to health care rationing, a lower quality of care and a greater degree of dependence on government. We deplore those outcomes and are committed to making the intellectual case for this law’s repeal.

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PolitiFact disagrees, says the statement by Obama is “mostly true”

The truth?

These days, it all seems relative. . .

Rock solid conservative values….

Steele concluded, “I applaud Representative Mark McCullough and Representative Glen Mulready’s leadership on this issue. Because of their hard work, we have an opportunity to build a premiere healthcare exchange constructed on rock solid conservative values.”

Oklahoma is one of seven states to receive an early innovator grant with Oklahoma receiving the largest amount of $54 million.

OK-SAFE points out one small omission.

On Friday, Feburary 25, 2011 OK Governor Mary Fallin issued a press release announcing ”Oklahoma Will Accept $54 M “Early Innovator Grant” to Support Oklahoma-Based Health Insurance Exchange.”

Noticeably missing from the announcement is the fact that the “Early Innovators” grants are to fund implementation of the Information Technology (IT) infrastructure needed to operate Health Insurance Exchanges, a cornerstone of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka “ObamaCare.” (Emphasis mine)  From the OK-SAFE Blog

House Bill 2128 passed the House Public Health Committee this afternoon and will proceed to the floor of the Oklahoma House of Representative.

Read more talking points

Still find it hard to believe that our valiant Republicans are pulling a fast one?  Read on.

“Among its provisions, the law provides grant funding to assist States in implementing parts of the Affordable Care Act.”

Page 5 of the grant application cites Section 1311 of the PPACA.

“C. Background
The Affordable Care Act includes a wide variety of provisions designed to expand coverage, provide more health care choices, enhance the quality of health care for all Americans, hold insurance companies more accountable, and lower health care costs. Among its provisions, the law provides grant funding to assist States in implementing parts of the Affordable Care Act. From the OK-SAFE Blog

Radical!


People who aren’t afraid to face the truth

OK-SAFE should be commended for their excellent research and willingness to simply tell the painful truth.

OK Republicans Implementing “Obama Care”

More Rated R content for the truly fearless

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