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ObamaCare will Target your Sex Life

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Are you sexually active? If so, with one partner, multiple partners or same-sex partners?”

Be ready to answer those questions and more the next time you go to the doctor, whether it’s the dermatologist or the cardiologist and no matter if the questions are unrelated to why you’re seeking medical help. And you can thank the Obama health law.

“This is nasty business,” says New York cardiologist Dr. Adam Budzikowski. He called the sex questions “insensitive, stupid and very intrusive.” He couldn’t think of an occasion when a cardiologist would need such information — but he knows he’ll be pushed to ask for it.

The president’s “reforms” aim to turn doctors into government agents, pressuring them financially to ask questions they consider inappropriate and unnecessary, and to violate their Hippocratic Oath to keep patients’ records confidential.

Embarrassing though it may be, you confide things to a doctor you wouldn’t tell anyone else. But this is entirely different.

Doctors and hospitals who don’t comply with the federal government’s electronic-health-records requirements forgo incentive payments now; starting in 2015, they’ll face financial penalties from Medicare and Medicaid. The Department of Health and Human Services has already paid out over $12.7 billion for these incentives.

Dr. Richard Amerling, a nephrologist and associate professor at Albert Einstein Medical College, explains that your medical record should be “a story created by you and your doctor solely for your treatment and benefit.” But the new requirements are turning it “into an interrogation, and the data will not be confidential.”

Lack of confidentiality is what concerned the New York Civil Liberties Union in a 2012 report. Electronic medical records have enormous benefits, but with one click of a mouse, every piece of information in a patient’s record, including the social history, is transmitted, disclosing too much.

The social-history questions also include whether you’ve ever used drugs, including IV drugs. As the NYCLU cautioned, revealing a patient’s past drug problem, even if it was a decade ago, risks stigma.

On the other end of the political spectrum is the Goldwater Institute, a free-market think tank. It argues that by requiring everyone to have health insurance and then imposing penalties on insurers, doctors and hospitals who don’t use the one-click electronic system, the law is violating Americans’ medical privacy.

The administration is ignoring these protests from privacy advocates. On Jan. 17, HHS announced patients who want to keep something out of their electronic record should pay cash. That’s impractical for most people.

There’s one question they can’t ask: Thanks to the NRA, Section 2716 of the ObamaCare law bars the federal government from compelling doctors and hospitals to ask you if you own a firearm.

But that’s the only question they can’t be told to ask you.

Where are the women’s rights groups that went to the barricades in the 1980s and 1990s to prevent the federal government from accessing a woman’s health records? Hypocritically, they are silent now.

Patients need to defend their own privacy by refusing to answer the intrusive social-history questions. If you need to confide something pertaining to your treatment, ask your doctor about keeping two sets of books so that your secret stays in the office. Doctors take the Hippocratic Oath seriously and won’t be offended.

Are such precautions paranoid? Hardly. WikiLeaker Bradley Manning showed how incompetent the government is at keeping its own secrets; incidents where various agencies accidentally disclose personal data like Social Security numbers are legion. And that’s not to mention the ways in which commercial databases are prone to hacking and/or exploitation.

Be careful about sharing your medical secrets with Uncle Sam.

Betsy McCaughey is the author of “Beating ObamaCare.”


  1. Bob September 18, 2013

    Total bs. I’m not going to give sh t to them. Name, rank, serial number.

  2. j may September 19, 2013

    Intrusive! Why does the Government (Obama Care) need to be in my bedroom? Not
    about to answer or anything else pertaining to my personal life – nor should you!!!

  3. RC September 20, 2013

    Wow….how ignorant of people to understand that our body and all of it’s organ systems a “actually” connected. Our physicians would be able to properly diagnose us and treat us for what might actually be ailing us. Also, take second and think about how many businesses and other organizations have your SS#, address, name, parents names, etc. Talk about grasping at straws to halt the much needed healthcare that we “all” deserve. Some people lie, some people believe lies. Thinking for yourself and a little research go a long way. Or is that not a good thing anymore because Obama does it?

  4. eileen September 20, 2013

    It is only help the rich. The poor don’t have because they can’t afford it will only help people like you.WE ARE PAYING FOR YOUR TRIPS OUT OF THE COUNTRY

  5. mary September 25, 2013

    My granddaughter who is by the way homeschooled went for her once a year check up at age 12. One of the questions which she filled out with her mom was: ARE YOU sexually active . My granddaughter has been taught and knew what that meant, however she was very offended that they even would ask that question.

  6. M September 27, 2013

    Are you kidding me? This is brought to you by your savior Obama. It is for the power of the government to control the rich, and who gets to be rich. You and your liberal types have painted yourself into the corner and are now going to pay the price.

  7. Pat September 29, 2013

    R C are you kidding me…………. Talk about grasping at straws to halt the much needed healthcare that we “all” deserve. When have you our anyone you know been denied health care, there are clinics everywhere,these are available to even the poorest person that needs care. NO ONE IS EVER TURNED AWAY THAT IS IN NEED OF MEDICAL ATTENTION !!!!!

  8. Richard Sutton September 29, 2013

    It ia one side fits all form that every one of the patient has to fill out.

  9. everyday September 29, 2013

    If you don’t make at least $19531.oo per year for a family of 3 and you live in a state that did not expand medicare then you don’t get any subsidiary and will either have to pay the full $6,419 thousand or get and exemption and no health care. 19531.00 is 40 hours at 9.39 per hour. I am going to become a criminal I don’t make that much so I will be making up fake records to make my income look like I make it so I can have health care. Call it my consulting services. If I get busted well I go to prison and get free dental ( I desperately need)and housing I will be worth to my employers when I get out because they will be eligible to receive 40% of the wage they pay me back under the work opportunity tax credit. A family member will get a child tax credit for keeping my 2 kids while I am in prison. Its a win win win. I have never been a criminal but I am drowning in debt from medical they do refuse to see you and turn you over to collections and they do sue you. I am almost 40 I need health care my family needs health care we make 2 much with child support to qualify for state medicate care for the kids, not enough to get obama care r for the last few years we have resorted to the internet for diagnosis and treatment online drugs vit c elderberry root and fishmox. The largest US employer doesn’t pay much more than Minimum wage at 7.25 per hour. They deliberately dumped the working poverty on the states because its is a huge part of the population. They should have given us at least the option of reciving the subsidy that those makeing 19531.00 dollars a year get. You can punch the numbers in your self on the kiser cacul;ator at #state=&zip=&income-type=dollars&income=19510&employer-coverage=0&people=3&adult-count=1&adults%5B0%5D%5Bage%5D=39&adults%5B0%5D%5Btobacco%5D=0&child-count=2&child-tobacco=0

  10. GeorgeHotz October 1, 2013

    Lol you guys are ridiculous, these questions are normal and are part of training for medical student preparing to get their medical license. It’s obvious you people haven’t been able to afford your yearly check up for quite some time see how you forget this happens every time you go for a check up… -_-

  11. Anonymous October 1, 2013

    yeah, why would you want to tell your doctor anything?

  12. kateTaylor™ October 1, 2013

    First of all, the only problem I’ve ever had with Big Brother … is that there isn’t enough of it. I own guns, am well trained, too; I have children, and think all kids should be microchipped and that will put a rapid halt to abductions and child-targeted crime; also, chip everyone…. I know that *I* don’t do anything that I don’t care if the world knows about (clearly or I wouldn’t be a public figure and a very vocal one at that) and then SO many of the bullshit criminal nonsense would go away, too. (How likely are you to commit a crime if you know that your chip will unquestionably place you at the scene, indisputably?) — I am married, so I don’t have to worry about the sex question (and before you say, we’re …literally … never apart, we live and work together from our studios and if we were chipped, well ……) Anyway, the bottom line is the ONLY people that have issue with “privacy” are those that worry about the reactions to what they’re doing or not doing…. Maybe if we worried more about our OWN accountability in life and to our word, we’d actually raise a generation that can be trusted and counted on to make better decisions…. now I’m done talkin’ straight!

  13. kateTaylor™ October 1, 2013

    Because she likely is … or, if she’s healthy and not repressed and warped as so many of this society is, thinking about it. Don’t be offended…. Try this …. BE HONEST.

  14. cpolk October 5, 2013

    The following is taken from Politifact:

    15. Obamacare will question your sex life. Pants on Fire.

    Betsy McCaughey, former lieutenant governor of New York, Sept. 15, 2013, in an op-ed in the New York Post

    In the op-ed, McCaughey claimed the law pressures doctors into asking about people’s sex lives and recording those answer in electronic health records. Actually, it was the economic stimulus that created incentives for doctors to move to electronic health records. And, none of the criteria require questions about people’s sex lives. Instead, doctors are asked to record standard diagnostic criteria like vital signs, diagnoses, medications and the like. Privacy advocates do have concerns about electronic health records, but it’s not about people getting asked embarrassing questions about their sex lives. We rated this claim Pants on Fire!

  15. Ann-Marie October 6, 2013

    LOL..Just answer the questions as NON OF YOUR BUSINESS OBUMMA, make sure ya Dr writes that down and this way the DR’s don’t get fined cus they DID ask the questions and you aren’t given them any information.:)
    Sounds marvelous to me

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  17. .heavymetal October 6, 2013

    You are an idiot our privacy is our conditional right you moron thousands of Americans have fought and died so we would have that right the right to b free and you just wanna throw that away you are truly the dumest idiot I have ever meet!!!

  18. Anonymous October 13, 2013

    You are an idiot. Period that is all I can say about you. Try to put a chip in me and see what happens. If you people hate it here then move to Africa along with your Democratic dumbazzes.

  19. eric October 19, 2013

    how about this none of your god dman business!!!!

  20. culo November 20, 2013


  21. culo November 20, 2013

    you must be an honest animal too.

  22. Ethan November 21, 2013

    Ok this is y when we were voting we should have gotten ride of this dude. Lets start with the fact that his middle name is HUSSAIN, I mean come on America, were paying for it now, we would be better with Charles mansen for fucks sakes

  23. Faye December 8, 2013

    Wow, There goes HIPPA. It is none of their business what we did or who we are. The massage therapist or chiropractor doesn’t need to know this nor doe your dentist.
    WTF! this is messed up.
    I am out of work and no insurance, my husband is 70 and is on SSI and medicare plus works full time ( his job is finding ways to get him to retire by cutting his days and hours). We live in Key West Fl and it is very expensive here, rent is high over $2000 a month, senior center you have to be 60 and over.
    So getting insurance for me is too expensive.
    I had to have a bunionectomy done, my job only would give me 3 days off for the operation and I needed 3 months off, they refused and I left. My job was standing only and I couldn’t go back after surgery and on pain medication, so, I left.
    I had the operation an din pain for a week; it took me 4 month to fully recover and am in PT. No insurance would cover a bunionectomy since they see it as an elective surgery and not necessary.
    If your in pain and constantly on your feet and it hurts to walk, then that is a necessary procedure.
    Since I don’t have insurance. My whole bill including tests, and post-op care came to $10,000. I negotiated with the anesthesiologist he gave me a 55% discount, the Hospital gave me a 67% discount and my podiatrist who did the surgery gave me a 45% discount.
    Now I hope I can get a job at my age of 50.

  24. sick of lies December 11, 2013

    citizens, in the past five or so years look at what we as a nation has lost. this idiot of a president, congress (dems and the like)and the hig court has just done away with our checks and balance system. obama had a godly plan. congress obamas emps ( reid, pelosi, rockfeller and the rest)argued it a fine/penalty/bill. some how the high court passed it as a tax. here lies the lie. it is not the duty of the high court to levy any taxes upon the citizens of this nation. that is the duties of the other two branches. what we have here is taxation without representation. did any of the nine judges come to your towns and campaign for this tax? NO!! now they will use this law to gain access our homes and every room in them. welcome to the new germany/american kingship. we have elected officials that hve committed DOMESTIC TREASON. it will take all citizens that lose their rights and freedoms to hold these traitors accountable.

  25. voice of reason February 1, 2014

    You are full of CR@P. I was turned away from a county community health clinic (that’s where the POOR people go), because I could not afford to pay the co-pay, at the time of service. Sliding scale fees used to mean a $5 co-pay for an office visit, if you were at the bottom of the scale. The new co-pay for the poorest of the poor is $25. I didn’t have it. So no office visit with a nurse practitioner for me. They have no problem refusing services to anyone. Within a week, I was in the ER… having an MRI run on me, and being pumped full of meds. They said if I had waited another day, I would have probably died. The infection raging in my leg, was left untreated too long. Now I have lumps and scars on my lower leg. So, please, do not tell me that “NO ONE IS EVER TURNED AWAY THAT IS IN NEED OF MEDICAL ATTENTION !!!!!”

    It happened to me.

  26. kim April 16, 2014

    why dont we ask him about his wife & if she is male & female watch youtub it showes she is a male & that they addoptid their kids so lets ask him about his sex life

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