(RightWing.org) – Big brother may be ensuring that you play by his rules. If COVID-19 did anything, it exposed once and for all the lengths that politicians and the government will go to exert control over American lives under the guise of protecting us. Hold on tight. It’s not over yet.
On Tuesday, July 6, President Joe Biden announced a plan to increase COVID-19 vaccinations. He stated that his administration was launching a new “door-to-door” effort to get more Americans vaccinated. In March, the president announced his goal that 70% of Americans would be at least partially immunized by July 4. It fell well short of the plan. Now that vaccination numbers are slowing down, the administration is trying to persuade some Americans to get the jab even though it’s not mandated. The administration’s program to go door-to-door is creating more questions than it has answers.
Is Big Brother Watching, and If So, Is the Government Violating Privacy Laws?
It’s not clear what database government-paid COVID-19 activists will use to discern who is vaccinated from who isn’t vaccinated. This much we do know: they are most certainly using some form of tracking. As they implement this program, it’s creating questions about privacy laws and HIPAA rules. Can medical databases be used by the government to “influence” people to get vaccinated?
Congress created the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to improve the flow of healthcare information. It stipulates how doctors, healthcare facilities, and insurance use and maintain medical records. Its primary purpose is to protect patient information from fraud and theft.
So, that brings us to an important question. Can the government access your health information, including COVID-19 vaccination records? Here’s the fact… HIPAA applies only in rare instances and to specific organizations. For example, HIPAA does not apply to most businesses requiring proof of vaccination. They aren’t trying to access your medical records. They are requiring you to prove if you are vaccinated. Legally, those are two very different things and different ways of acquiring your information.
Second, and most importantly, HIPAA may not apply in this case, and here’s why. When someone gets the vaccination, they’re agreeing to allow the CDC to track that information. They record who received a shot with an identifying number or label by scanning it into a database. So yes, the CDC is monitoring everyone who got a shot. Logic would dictate that they are the federal government, and as such can use their databases freely. However, the government should still have a responsibility to use that information carefully.
If You’re a Holdout, They Know It
Yes, the government knows if you’re not vaccinated. While the vaccines are under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it cannot demand or mandate the vaccination. However, when the FDA fully authorizes them, that could change.
The door-to-door knocking could get tested in the courts over privacy issues. How will the courts decide if legal action is taken? There are far more legal questions the courts will need to weigh. First, there must be a court case. Until then, the government can do as it pleases.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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