Quote of the Day: "Big brother is bad enough. Do you really want him working for the DMV?" -- Knute Berger, Seattle Weekly, January 18, 2006
Subject: REAL ID and your health care
Politicians exploit crises not only to expand their own power, but also to make us forget previous transgressions. We doubt they do this intentionally, but we're certain they do it continuously.
The government created financial crisis will continue to occupy our attention, but we must not be diverted from fighting old wrongs, like the REAL ID Act, especially since REAL ID now threatens your health care.
Remember, the REAL ID Act forces state governments to create a national identification card connected to a centralized federal database. You'll need a REAL ID to board a plane, hold a job, or BE A PERSON! But it gets worse . . .
We've long maintained that REAL ID cards will eventually contain biometric identifiers. Now our prediction is coming closer to reality. The scam-stimulus bill contained two terrible provisions . . .
* You must have a single, searchable electronic medical record by 2014
* A new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will collect your electronic medical information and potentially monitor your health care choices
Whenever there's the potential that the government will do something, you might as well say that it's inevitable. All of this is part of a step-by-step plan to completely fund and control all health care from the top down.
We predict that the REAL ID card, perhaps by a different name, will be connected to your electronic medical records to control and ration your health care!
Eventually, you'll need a REAL ID card to receive medical care, and the kind of care you receive will be determined by far-off bureaucrats. This will be done in the name of controlling health care costs, but it will actually make health care more expensive, cumbersome, and less effective.
We must stop this from happening!
DC Downsizers have so far bombarded Congress with 109,963 messages demanding the repeal of REAL ID. Twenty states have also refused to comply with the law. But we must keep pushing. The health care provisions in the scam-stimulus bill make it even more imperative that we kill REAL ID.
Please use our quick and easy Educate the Powerful System to once again instruct your elected representatives to repeal REAL ID.
Use your personal comments to object to the new electronic health care records, to the new National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, and to SCREAM POLITELY that you do not want your health care records connected to the REAL ID or monitored by federal bureaucrats.
In addition, consider sending a message to repeal the Transportation Worker Identification Card. Since the federal government couldn't rope all of us into their Real ID scheme, they started with people in the marine, rail, and land transport industries. They're "picking off the herd," one industry at a time, hoping to eventually rope all of us into their scheme. Use our free Educate the Powerful System to tell Congress to "reverse course."
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