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Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom:
HIPAA Is the ‘Biggest Breach of All’

After Anthem Ordered to Pay Millions for Patient Privacy Breach, CCHF Says Privacy is Breached Every Day Through HIPAA and Electronic Health Records; New Book Exposing HIPAA and EHRs in Second Printing

PAUL, Minn.—Anthem’s massive 2015 cyberattack is costing the nation’s second-largest health insurer a record $16 million. That’s the equally massive amount the company will pay to settle any potential privacy violations in the biggest known health care hack in U.S. history, the Chicago Sun Times reported last week.

Albeit the largest hack—which put 79 million patients’ private medical information, along with their names, birthday and Social Security numbers at risk—it was not the first. And it certainly won’t be the last, says Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF).

That’s because the biggest breach of all—bigger than any health care hack in the past or any that will happen in the future—is the permissive Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), coupled with the push for physicians and hospitals to use government-designed electronic health records (EHRs).

“The mandate to digitize medical records is causing massive breaches like these,” said CCHF co-founder and president Twila Brase. “But HIPAA is the biggest breach of all. It’s the ongoing daily breach authorized by Congress that no one talks about. HIPAA is a ‘permissive’ data-sharing rule—and one of the largest policy deceptions ever foisted on the American people. Under the federal HIPAA regulation, and enabled by the EHR mandate, the federal government has authorized more than 700,000 clinics, hospitals, insurers and data processing companies, along with their 1.5 million business associates plus government agencies to dig deep into the private lives of more than 320 million Americans. And for the most part, patients won’t even be allowed to know who’s doing the digging. Every time the so-called HIPAA ‘privacy’ form is slid across the counter for a signature, the privacy deception is strengthened. And each time a doctor clicks an EHR box in the exam room, the data collection system grows.”

In August, CCHF shared “22 HIPAA Harms” for the 22nd anniversary of HIPPA, which alerted Americans how HIPAA doesn’t protect patient privacy at all.

More, however, are learning about the HIPAA deception and how their medical privacy is compromised through Brase’s new book, “Big Brother in the Exam Room: The Dangerous Truth About Electronic Health Records,” published this summer by Beaver’s Pond Press.

The book, already in its second printing with hundreds of backorders logged, exposes how and why Congress forced doctors and hospitals to install a data-collecting, command-and-control surveillance system in the exam room. “Big Brother in the Exam Room” also shines light on this HIPAA deception and includes the negative impact of EHRs on privacy, personalized care, costs, patient safety and more, according to doctors and data from more than 125 studies. Learn more at www.BigBrotherInTheExamRoom.com.

A few of the five-star reviews for “Big Brother in the Exam Room” include the following:

For more information about CCHF, visit www.cchfreedom.org, its Facebook page or its Twitter feed @CCHFreedom. Read more about “Big Brother in the Exam Room” here, and view the media page for CCHF here. For more about CCHF’s free-market, cash-based care initiative, The Wedge of Health Freedom, visit www.JointheWedge.com, The Wedge Facebook page or follow The Wedge on Twitter @wedgeoffreedom.