Consider it another case of the governing elite playing by a set of rules different from the ones they impose on the rest of us, further tearing asunder the uniquely American founding principle of “government of, for and by the people.”
In an astounding act of hubris, in recent days the campaign manager for Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton said that she would not commit to releasing her health records at some point during the 2016 election campaign.
During a Face the Nation episode, host John Dickerson noted that she “had a big health scare when she was secretary of state” before asking campaign manager Robby Mook, “Will she release her medical records as part of this campaign?”
“I will let Hillary decide that,” Mook replied. “But I can tell you she has been hitting the campaign trail hard.”
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Presidential health is an issue, obviously, and in Clinton’s case, the interest in hers is legitimate.
In 2012, she had to delay her Benghazi testimony before Congress after she fell and suffered a concussion. Later, she was treated for a blood clot in her brain, a condition that some experts said might have become life-threatening. She later joked about her “cracked head” in emails that the State Department has released recently, but her husband, Bill Clinton, revealed in 2014 that her injuries “required six months of very serious work to get over.”
In recent days, she continued to make light of her health (and age) by joking on the campaign trail that she would be the “youngest woman president” ever if she were elected.
Meanwhile, for the rest of the public, the government will have access to every one of our healthcare records, thanks to the invasiveness and pervasive nature of Obamacare.
As noted by Americans for Tax Reform, in the wake of a recent cybersecurity breach that resulted in the theft of personal taxpayer data, experts began to voice concerns about the storage of government data on systems that contain information on Obamacare enrollees — data that the government gets to keep forever.
“The system, known as the Multidimensional Insurance Data Analytics System, or MIDAS is vaguely described on the federal healthcare.gov as a ‘perpetual central repository.’ When asked by The Associated Press how many people have direct access to the database, officials refused to say,” ATR said on its website.
The government’s permanent lock on your health information has raised the ire of privacy experts and others. Lee Tien, a senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said it is irresponsible for the government to keep any data longer than necessary.
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In addition, Michael Astrue, a former commissioner of the Social Security Administration, has argued there is no justification for permanently keeping data. Also, he says he is concerned that the federal government may be illegally expanding MIDAS by putting personal information from state-run Obamacare exchanges into the system before obtaining proper constitutional authority or even privacy consent from enrollees.
How is this relatable to Hillary Clinton? Some may not remember that she was the original architect of Big Government “managing” American healthcare. During her husband’s first term, she led an ultimately unsuccessful effort known then as “Hillarycare” to nationalize the U.S. healthcare system using some of the same techniques eventually adopted by President Obama and advocates for Obamacare. Then, as now, government would impose a series of healthcare mandates and regulations on the nation, with government obtaining and retaining all personal information in setting the system up.
For Clinton to now claim that the country has no right to know what is in her health records while she runs for president, and while the government collects all of our health data for its own use under a plan she initially created and endorsed, is just about as hypocritical as it gets.