Proof of the postulate: CMS is still paying an extra 20% on the entire hospital bill to anyone on Medicare or Medicaid if you test positive for Covid-19. It matters not why you're there -- if your chart has an ICD code on it for a positive Covid-19 test the hospital gets an extra 20% over what they would be paid. No less than CNN's Wen has admitted that a huge percentage of those people who have gone into a hospital "with" Covid were not there for that reason and testing positive for the virus had nothing to do with the cause of the incident, nor with their treatment. The reason the so-called "Emergency" has not been dropped is exactly this; that "bonus" would expire immediately with the end of said "Emergency", as would the "standards" that made the hospitals billions of dollars on Remdesivir from 2020-2022. In fact Remdesivir was the highest billed dollar amount to CMS for drugs -- including cancer drugs, which are typically very expensive.
It would be nice to lay this all at Obamacare's feet but you can't. It in fact goes back to the 1980s. But Obamacare mandated "Electronic Medical Records" and then they started paying bonuses for "complete health-related information" coded in said records which include things like whether you own guns or...... now, whether you're Covid-vaccinated.
You have ceded all this information -- every single medical thing you do and anything they deem "relevant" to health -- to the government. Yet despite the Constitution making it illegal for your records to be seized or inspected without a particularized, individual warrant its done every single day by CMS and every private health insurer. You have no choice; every physician is coerced in one way or another to participate and none of them have banded together and stood up for this, refusing to do so. They have also not told you about it which makes every single one of them explicit co-conspirators in what's being done.
Thus must not just end, but the databases must be destroyed. You, and only you, have a right to that information. If you "share" it with an insurer for the purpose of payment that restricted right of use by said insurer must be absolutely honored and violations punished severely, including criminally for everyone involved. The only exception permitted must be under an actual specific warrant issued with probable cause that you committed a crime, and where the reasonable confluence between the information and your culpability (or lack thereof) is established.
I have been talking about this for fifteen years and raising Hell about it for the last decade. For the last decade the only way to avoid this has been to refuse all contact with the medical system at all. I've pointed that out too. In fact one of the key points of my medical reform agenda is right here:
All medical records are the property of, and shall be delivered to, the customer at the time of service in human readable form (a PDF provided on common consumer computer media such as a "flash stick" shall comply with this requirement.) Any coding or other symbols on said chart must include a key to same in English delivered at the same time. No separate charge may be made for the provision of a contemporary record of a medical visit or treatment other than a reasonable charge for physical media if the customer does not have same with him or her. The obvious way to do this is for the customer to bring a flash drive to which the human-readable chart is written. If the customer doesn't have one the office can certainly maintain a small supply of $10 flash drives and charge the $10 to their bill.
Obamacare was passed in order to rescue an imploding medical industry. The entire Covid-19 response, on a medical level, was enacted to rescue another implosion. The 20% "bonus up" is proof of this in that it has no gateway requirement that Covid be implicated as the reason for the visit or treatment in said hospital, and it has not been dropped, nor has payment been refused for known worthless and even harmful drugs if you are positive, including Remdesivir.
At the same time CMS has argued (correctly-so) that alleged "Alzheimer's" drugs which do not actually improve cognition should not be paid for by Medicare. Well, yeah -- if you can't show an objective positive result why should Medicare pay for it? An extremely large multi-national study in 2020 and 2021 proved Remdesivir was worthless in terms of changing outcomes in people hospitalized for Covid. Yet said EUA was not only not withdrawn CMS continues to pay for it, plus the hospital's billed infusion costs, PLUS TWENTY PERCENT.
We knew scientifically it didn't work two years ago which leaves the only real reason to keep paying for it bailing out the medical system, specifically hospitals, without a care in the world whether doing so kills you or not.
The problem with both "rescues", beyond the draining of the public treasury and potentially killing you immediately in the process is that both had the effect of transferring your private, personal health history and records out of your control and into the hands of others who can then use them for whatever they wish, whether privately or in the government. You have no right in today's legislation to bring private suit over this -- HIPAA does not have a private right of action; the government must bring the case and obviously they will not if they or any other favored industry or firm are the ones abusing the data.
I have no idea what sort of peaceful method exists to resolve this problem. Donald Trump's Presidency along with Biden's have initiated, gone along with and extended this, or both. Neither political party will even discuss the privacy and legal protections for your personal health information and its misuse, nor the fact that this collection of information is wildly valuable for the purpose of compliance, blackmail, blackballing you in hiring and more. If you think not tell me once again how "certain people" were being FINED with insurance surcharges for the last two years for refusing something that in fact didn't work and actually INCREASED risk, especially if you already had Covid and could prove it via having antibodies with a test that reads in 10 minutes and costs under $5 to manufacture. That it increased risk rather than reduced it is now proved fact and thus the "fine" was, from a legal point of view, extortion and since it was coordinated that makes it racketeering as extortion is one of the predicate felonies that must be present for RICO.
Both Trump and Biden were not only ok with this they in fact put the rules in place to make it possible and both, along with every member of HHS, CMS and Congress should hang for it.
Oh sure, the law says this sort of abuse of medical records is supposedly prohibited but you can't personally sue and there are no criminal penalties so said "protections" are pointless so long as the government likes whatever abuse is being heaped upon you irrespective of who is doing it.
As I noted the only way to avoid this happening to you in the present set of circumstances, and this has been true for the last decade, is to never set foot in a medical provider's office. That means you have to become your own doctor and it also means you must accept the risk of things you can't catch and/or fix being potentially threatening to your health or even life. Of course there are exceptions where you can't avoid that encounter -- if you get shot or are in a car wreck, for example, and really do need prompt trauma care there is no choice; it's that or die.
If you think this data isn't being used right now to screw you then you're flat-out crazy. It is, and it is going to get much worse. The only way to stop it is for it to be outlawed with serious criminal penalties and the right of private action which neither political party will take up -- or the screwed being entirely unconcerned about the legality of the retribution they choose to inflict.
That's a shitty deal but it is what we as a society deserve for refusing to handle this back when Obama first proposed that crap and allowing the GOP to repeatedly grandstand and not deliver once they recovered control of both Congress and the White House. Indeed Trump had no less than three platform planks toward resolving this and all three disappeared within minutes of the election being called for him in 2016, never to be seen again. You do remember that, and my reporting on it, yes?
Trump didn't do good things in this regard as he was the architect of and set up that 20% bonus which stands to this day and you'll not Kevin McCathy has not said word #1 about stopping it, nor has Rand Paul or any of the others so spare me your bullshit about "voting" to fix this.