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    It doesn't worry me because I'll be simply telling them it's none of their damn business. And I don't care what the zealots running 0bysmalcurse think either. Screw them.
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    In some cases it may be their business. I suggest a different tack:
    - On the Federal level, seeing as the Supreme Court can imagine up a right to privacy for killing unborn children, they could certainly see their way to upholding doctor-patient privilege against unwarranted Federal agencies.
    - On the state level, where doctor-patient privileges currently reside, the state citizenry need to remain savvy against their own foolish congressmen.

    Of course I'd make mental health issues a mandatory report and require judicial review for fire arm ownership.
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    @DerivePI It won't be their business if I don't talk to them. If I don't talk to them I won't be divulging information to a "third party," thus keeping my private information intact.
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    @DerivePI Good reply - I opted to just let the Dr. fill in the blanks with whatever tall tale he wanted. Or, I could just spin a really good yarn and give the voyeurs something interesting to read. My real only the one would be boring to them.
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    @BravoJuliet I got to experience some pretty annoying questions during my recent medical malfunction. Yep, I agree. Those questions do exist. I kinda wonder what they put down as my answers considering the rather unfriendly responses I provided
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    You miss the point, that information should be between you and your doctor, not you, your doctor and umpteen government officials, life insurance agents, prospective employers and your next door neighbor.
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    @justapirate Food was blocked by me ages ago because he/she just goes the kiddie route with the kiddie type of debate. I can do that with someone I love, I have grandchildren to amuse me that way. Fortunately they seem to be a bit smarter than Food - go figure.
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    @Tralee You miss my point- which admittedly may have been unclear. A good doctor should already have this information.He should not have to ask new questions. That being said- a good doctor will also keep his oaths and keep this information between him and his patient.
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    Sep. 18, 2013 12:12am Jason Howerton

    A group of truckers are reportedly planning to shut Washington, D.C. down for three days straight starting on Oct. 11 to protest the “corruption against the Constitution.”

    The “Truckers To Shut Down America” Facebook page has more than 16,000 likes, though it is unclear how many truckers actually intend on taking part in the disruptive protest.

    “The American people are sick and tired of the corruption that is destroying America! We therefore declare a GENERAL STRIKE on the weekend of October 11-13, 2013! Truck drivers will not haul freight! Americans can strike in solidarity with truck drivers!” the group’s description reads.

    In a YouTube video uploaded by user “Kevin Allan” and linked on the “Truckers To Shut Down America” Facebook page, the event is labeled as a general “strike” by the American people against the federal government and its “bulls**t.”

    The narrator in the video says he has received word from others that “truckers are organizing and are going to shut down D.C.” Watch the video below (Warning: Some strong language):
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    @Mia
    The Facebook page provides some additional information on the motive behind the action, which ranges from Obamacare to the IRS scandal to Benghazi:

    My fellow patriot this effort is to support the truckers in a major shut down of America ion [sic] a 3 day strike October 11th thru 13th. Obamacare will be in effect and most people will be ready to take action. No commerce on those days stock up on items that you will need. No banking no shopping no money transactions.

    It does not matter if a million or 50 roll through DC in this effort. Congress will listen to We the People. Which is remove Obama from office for crimes of treason and misdemeanors. We want Congressional hearing on Benghazi and Seal Team 6. Louis Learner [sic] put in jail. No amnesty, remove all Muslims in our government that do not uphold the Constitution. Remove Eric Holder from office for crimes against the people and the Constitution. Last but not least is Fuel prices.
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    Read an article on this yesterday. It makes me pretty disgusted. In the article it stated that if doctors didn't ask these questions they could be fined or worse. It also stated that if YOU refused to provide answers you could be potentially fined.

    WTF? Just WTF?
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    They can't fine the individual and you don't have to answer. They are items on a checklist that must be asked. I don't have a problem with that, a good doctor will ask those questions anyway. I say that and am not a supporter of obamacare.
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    @Now_What I didn't write the news article and I was asked questions that didn't need to be asked.

    Is the news report true? In today's marvelous news reporting, how do I know?

    The report is there. The questioning is there.
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    Two choices then ,tell the truth or do as those that brought us obama care lie.Hell you may even make it into Guinness book of world records?11,052 women and consumed 985 pounds of pot.
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    Instead of asking if a patient has any mental health problems they could just ask "Did you vote for Obama?"

    I have never in my life seen any administration go as far out of its way to put government at odds with the people as this one has.
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    They call it transparency. Unfortunately it is them seeing and knowing everything about us and we are to know NOTHING about them.
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    @ahsum99ss That's why I really can't fault people like Snowden. With government, there has always been an 'implied' sense of ethical behavior that we, the people are expected to accept without question. Snowden gave people a dose of reality.
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    If my doc doesn't ask about health risk indicators she's not doing her job. More to the point, this faux outrage ignores the incredibly detailed medical records data the government can already access for Medicare and Medicaid enrollees who use hospital, nursing home and home care services. Look up MDS or OASIS for examples.
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    @justapirate

    It's already being done and has been for years and years. And if you think your health records are personal, just try to buy some private insurance. Call up Aetna or BCBS and ask to buy some insurance. They'll give you a quote based on years of YOUR personal health. They'll know every pill you've ever taken, every procedure you've ever had done. If you've been treated for herpes, they'll know it. If you've been on anti-depressants, they'll know it.

    Everybody's skeered of the government, but most have no idea how big business screws us every single day.
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    @justapirate Necessity of data collection isn't the issue - it's the posturing by the Goldwater Institute intended to damage the Affordable Care Act for political purposes that sucks.

    There are excellent reasons to allow access to health data. For instance, how else can Medicare determine if a billed hospital stay is legitimate without seeing medical records for that stay?

    We've been doing this since the old PSRO days of the 1970s and it's not going away.
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    This is odd, because my doctors have asked me these routine questions for years (are you sexually active and do you smoke and how much do you drink and do you use drugs). Apparently Obamacare has been around for 25 years.
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    @Crashd1 The way I hear it the rules are already being emplaced. Since various parts of Obamacare have already gone into effect can't see any reason to think this point isn't also.
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    Uh, what's so affordable about it? Premiums are going to go up and there will still be 20 million people who won't have insurance at all.

    Not to mention that this emotion-based legislation left big loopholes for businesses to cut their employees hours back to <30 per week, exempting them from the ACA, and small companies won't hire if that means their total number of employees is > 50.

    As with ALL emotion-based legislation, it creates more problems than it solves....and I think we've only scratched the surface on what this is going to do to the economy in the long run.
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    Since you live in Brazil you are not affected...nor do you see what we see. Remember the "readily accessible" database that will be built on your medical condition? Yeah, the one Barack Husssein Obama touted in his speeches about Obamacare? Well, that will be out there for all to see. So, they have designed interview protocols for doctors that will make everything part of this record. They have also demanded "preventive" treatment that should be a decision between doctor and patient...and to enforce this they are offering incentive bonuses to doctors who comply and have threatened those who do not with reduced payments for services.
    All of this comes from the dreaded GOVERNMENT EXPERT MEDICAL BOARD we were told did not exist...yep, they will push grandma over the cliff.
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    My doctor has already asked me about sex and drug use in the past. He also asked how much and how often I drink, how much I exercise and what my diet is like. I am more concenred about the level of documentation that is required and who would have access to the info. If I am asked something I don't feel is relevant I just won't answer.
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    There's a difference between your doctor asking these questions as part of your care and asking to report this information to the government. I read a few days ago that they also want behavioral information as well. I suppose if you refuse to answer you will be labeled as having a problem with authority and put on a no fly list and denied a gun purchase.
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    You know, when you consider all the little things the government thinks they need to know here lately, you may be more right than wrong.
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    "asking to report this information to the government."

    Where did that come from?

    Don't you know already that your doctor has to report certain diseases and conditions as a matter of law?
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    @harold_lloyd yes I do, like the Center for Disease Control when I had Lyme disease which is good because my doctor misfiled my results and never got back to me but the CDC did.
    They also might ask who you slept with after you you test positive for STD's. or ask about illicit drug use when they see track marks or ask if you own a gun in the emergency room for shooting yourself in the foot but for a flu shot? Men in general have a hard time taking themselves to see a doctor. Do we need to put other obstacles in the way?
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    @rickv2

    Remember we're really talking about primary care physicians.

    That's the person you should be open with.

    If your doctor seeks information and you don't understand why, ask.
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    This doesn't really bother me. If you give blood they ask the same type of questions so there is a history of your answers any way
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    @RoyFloyd Now lets not give the government the idea of handing out ration cards for sex......
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    It's nobodies business about my sex life before I was married a long time ago and if I used drugs when I was much younger. They still concider marijuana a drug. The issue is to address the here and now. Drug use now may be a thing a doctor should know, but since there is no law protecting that privacy, if I did I wouldn't tell. I am not a drug user except for the prescriptions I take for a massive lupus flare. If they will legalize marijuana medical or recreational, I will use it. It will let me drop a few of my prescription drugs that are more harmful than marijuana.
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    Have you never filled out a new patient questionnaire at a doctor's office?

    Do you drink? How often?
    Do you smoke?
    Do you take illegal drugs?

    If you visit an OB/GYN the questions might even include:

    At what age did you first have sex?
    Have you ever been treated for an STD?
    Have you ever had an abortion?

    Why are these questions relevant? Diseases like uterine cancer are more prevalent in women who began having sex at a young age and have had a lot of partners over the years. Having had an abortion could have led to uterine scarring that could cause problems with fertility. These are things doctors need to know in order to help monitor and treat their patients. The government couldn't care less.
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    Are doctors required to make sure their patients are voters too? And young patients are registered in the armed services?

    Smh, those creepy Feds
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    I don't know whether I'm more upset about the IRS finding out about my sex life (it was a business expense!), or @politixdain getting a photo of it for this article.
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    It doesn't worry me because although the VA Healthcare System meets the guidelines set by Obamacare, it doesn't (as far as I know) ask the same questions. If they're inquiring about patient's sex lives it's perhaps to find out if anyone else is screwing the patient besides the Federal Government, lol. ;o)
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    Not really fear it, but I will refuse to answer and let the Dr. write what he wants. Unless the questions pertain to MY particular ailment, it's none of his business. All the more reason to go with a concierge practice, out of the governments control and better care.
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    Didn't mean to vote you up. Just wanted to say how many people can afford a concierge practice and what is the availability of one? Isn't there paperwork that gets submitted to the government?
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    @Roco That's ok, I've done the same many times. As to affordability - it really depends on the doctor. Some (most) won't take Medicaid and some don't do Medicare or other government health stuff (too many forms). Others just have an availability clause, more available to the member than others (e-mail, phone calls and express appointments etc.).
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