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Health Care Opponent Betsy McCaughey Tries to Scare People About Obamacare

| by Michael Allen
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Betsy McCaughey has been fighting health care reform since the 1990s when she worked to sink the Clinton healthcare plan.

As part of her effort to stop Obamacare from becoming law, McCaughey said on July 16, 2009: "Congress would make it mandatory, absolutely require, that every five years people in Medicare have a required counseling session that will tell them how to end their life sooner."

However, this claim was debunked by Politfact.com.

Even though Obamacare has been an U.S. law since 2010, McCaughey is still trying to scare people about the health care reform plan.

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She recently wrote an article for the New York Post, which warns Americans that Obamacare will force doctors to ask about people's sex lives, which most doctors already do and should do in a normal exam.

McCaughey writes:

The president’s “reforms” aim to turn doctors into government agents, pressuring them financially to ask questions they consider inappropriate and unnecessary, and to violate their Hippocratic Oath to keep patients’ records confidential.

However, that simply isn't true. Most doctors ask about sexual activity as part of medical history. Also, McCaughey fails to mention that the U.S. government has had access to Americans' health care records since the Patriot Act was signed by President Bush in 2001.

McCaughey also opposes the federal government’s electronic-health-records requirements, which will save billions in paperwork and allow doctors to access medical records quickly, especially if their patient was referred to them by another doctor.

McCaughey claims medical records are going to be leaked by someone like Bradley Manning, who actually leaked files about torture, abuse and murder by the U.S. military in Iraq, noted The Huffington Post.

McCaughey then advocates a course of action that may or may not be legal:

Patients need to defend their own privacy by refusing to answer the intrusive social-history questions. If you need to confide something pertaining to your treatment, ask your doctor about keeping two sets of books so that your secret stays in the office.

Source: New York Post, Politfact.com, The Huffington Post