The Obamacare bill has been made public and those of us that actually believe in the Fourth Amendment may see cause for concern.
The bill makes mention of “revisions” that need to be made to HIPAA, presumably to clear a path for Section 3102 (pg. 39-40):
(1) IN GENERAL – A State shall keep an accurate accounting of all activities, receipts, and expenditures of any Gateway operating in such State and annually submit to the Secretary a report concerning such accountings.
(2) INVESTIGATIONS – The Secretary may investigate the affairs of a Gateway, may examine the properties and records of a Gateway, and may require periodical reports in relation to activities undertaken by a Gateway. A Gateway shall fully cooperate in any investigation conducted under this paragraph.
As Ed Morriessy points out, a “Gateway” is a “provider” and there is no mention of Fourth Amendment protections in this section. God forbid the federal government actually follow the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Many of you may remember HB 614 from this past session of the Georgia General Assembly (it was eventually defeated due to privacy concerns). It was similar in that it dealt with warrantless searches and seizures of very private information.
In other words, what Fourth Amendment rights we have left, if any, after the Bush Administration (PATRIOT Act, NSA wiretapping, etc), they will be further diminished after the Obama Administration. All in the name of “security” and collectivism.