By Dr Tamzin Rosenwasser, Exclusively for USDR
With every attack on America by Islamic militants, we are treated to the same sorry nonsense from politicians, whose major responsibility is to protect citizens of these United States. First, there’s the sentimental invoking of sorrow, the recitative of the victims’ lives. Then stock phrases-”coming together,” “we will not allow this” “pay tribute to” and so on. Flowers are placed, flags are lowered. Obama, Clinton, and others protected by armed men, anguish over the citizens’ right to keep and bear arms. So far, pressure cookers have not been vilified. Obama, who said “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” continues to import avowed enemies of the USA into our nation (1). The things that should be done to prevent the heartbreaking loss of life and the lifelong trauma of the injured and their families go unmentioned and undone.
This time, something new was added. Buddy Dyer, a government worker in Orlando, announced, 10 hours after the shootings began, with 53 people in the hospital, and others still in the nightclub, unknown whether they were dead or alive, that the most important thing at that point was to waive the HIPAA laws, so physicians taking care of 53 injured patients could communicate with the patients’ distraught families.
HIPAA stands for “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act,” which is only one of the shackles and obstacles imposed on patients and their physicians by government workers Ted Kennedy and Nancy Kassebaum; Hillary Clinton’s failed “Health Security Act” gave them the template.
When you go to a physician’s office, there are handouts about HIPAA, referencing medical privacy. HIPAA actually does not safeguard your privacy from the most dangerous entity to invade it, namely the government.
Why would Buddy Dyer say that the most important thing was to waive the HIPAA laws? Because the taken-for-granted physicians and nurses, at work in the operating rooms and intensive care units, suddenly called upon to use all of their knowledge and skill, all their strength and stamina, mental and physical, and all their emotional equilibrium to do all they can to save the lives, limbs, and abilities of 53 seriously injured patients, are prohibited by law from giving any information to the distraught families of the patients. They are prohibited even from saying whether the person is in the hospital.
Physicians have an early baptism into horror. Imagine the horror experienced by physicians taking care of people injured in attempts to murder them. Physicians and nurses must bear the emotional trauma without allowing it to affect the critical decisions and actions they must take, in minutes, or immediately.
In these critical moments, physicians realize the heartbreaking desperation of families trying to find out whether their relatives are alive or dead. In this instance, that desperation finally breached the moat of government remoteness from the concerns of citizens, to have a government worker demand waiver of the HIPAA laws. Government workers, unlike the physicians they have handicapped with their smothering laws, are unaware that “Accessing protected health information without authorization and the disclosure of this information to a third party carries a jail term of up to 10 years.” For the physician, it means the end of a career. You lose a physician who will not be there to save your life some day.
Medical care is not a proper function of government, but medical care paid with taxpayer dollars has been an excellent method of buying votes. Government interference in medical care causes problems which government attempts to fix with more interference. Now physicians are hampered and distracted by HIPAA, the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act, 168,000 medical codes (for the benefit of the government payers), “meaningful use,” “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act,” etc. Cumbersome electronic medical records stuffed with junk mandated by government, replace the clear concise medical record which would serve patients’ and physicians.
Businessmen in other arenas are also hampered by the dictates of regulatory agencies; Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, and so on. Physicians, Wal-Mart, civilian aircraft and others were prevented by the “Federal Emergency Management Agency” from helping out in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Now, with war declared on us by Islam, citizens are blocked from protecting themselves and their nation. Government workers refuse to protect us, importing our avowed enemies who hold to Islamic ideology.
Meanwhile in another arena, that of the presidential election campaigns, we see a person who wants to decide the rules for all of us. She has already had her two terms (“If you vote for my husband, you get me. It’s a two-for-one blue plate special.”) During her time, she did all she could to destroy medical care in this nation. While her ideas create federal crimes for phyhsicians trying to save lives, she freely admits to actions that long have been federal crimes—when committed by others. Moreover, it appears that while she was the Secretary of State (oh how far we have fallen since Thomas Jefferson), she and her husband took huge amounts of money from Saudi Arabia and other Wahhabi and Salafist fonts of the totalitarian hatred that has caused millions of deaths and injuries over the past 1400 years, including tens of thousands of injuries and deaths in the past 15 years, such as 9/11, the massacre at the Boston Marathon, the shootings at Fort Hood in Texas, and now those in Orlando. It is way past time to enforce the McCarran Walters Act of 1952, which mandates exclusion from our country of anyone advocating overthrow of the United States Constitutional government by force, violence, or other unConstitutional means. Shariah law, a basic tenet of Islam, advocates overthrow of our Constitution and government.
While physicians contemplate 10 year prison terms for mistakes under HIPAA, they may well ask: What’s the federal prison term for bribery, perjury, and treason? Is the former Secretary of State immune from punishment for complicity in compromising our national security and making us vulnerable to Islam-inspired murderers?
Dr Tamzin Rosenwasser earned her MD from Washington University in St. Louis after putting herself through college and medical school. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Dermatology, and has practiced Emergency Medicine and Dermatology. Dr. Rosenwasser served as President of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) in 2007 and 2008. Dr Rosenwasser has written numerous articles and opinion editorials, and has been a guest on many media broadcast shows. She is currently writing a book on the experience of medical practice in the era of government intrusion in medical care.