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Re: MED-PRIVACY digest 144
Sometimes things fall into a pattern you should have seen before. Must
be the coffee, along with that last post (Digest 144) from
The essence of the current situation regarding medical (& other types of)
privacy is that power over the lives & personhood of individuals is being
usurped, essentially in secret, by (essentially unknown) parties who then
have unwarranted control over the lives of those individuals. Those
parties were not elected to that terrible power. The situation is not
the result of an open discussion and a vote. The power to profoundly
affect lives was simply...taken.
In order to test the fairness or validity of a situation, it helps to
mentally make a small change and see if it rings true. "Now how would you
feel if Johnny did that to you?" Consider the current situation regarding
privacy, that essential ingredient in freedom. Ask yourself what you'd
think if you read of a country (say somewhere in Europe) where shadowy,
unelected figures exercised power over the citizens. You'd quickly think
"Iron Curtain, sometime in the 50's." Certainly there are differences
between this hypothetical situation and that of current medical privacy
practices. But there are damn few *essential* differences. Yo! In the
USA, concentrations of power not derived from election are eventually
broken up. Ask AT&T.
People don't understand what has happened and is still happening. Those
so concerned with grabbing power (and yes, it is that, based on
information) should ask themselves what they'll do when people wake up.
I'm starting to see newspaper articles where I live (central SC) critical
of medical privacy practices. Maybe that awakening has started.
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