Obamacare destroyed more than America’s wallet. It also ripped the blanket of doctor-patient confidentiality away from the most vulnerable. Mental illness is an epidemic in our nation, and fear of government is driving people away from treatment.
Obamacare’s mandate giving DSHS electronic access to their medical records is what’s chasing them:
“The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act requires physicians and hospitals, under financial penalties, to transfer your secure paper-based medical records to an “electronic” system, i.e., the Internet. (…) What this really does is remove the privacy and control in your relationship with your doctor by removing your records from their office file cabinet and dumping them into the Internet “cloud” where everyone and anyone can access them.“
Then in December of last year, the Department of Health and Human Services announced plans to share your medical records with over 35 federal agencies. This was long after January of 2014, when DSHS changed patient confidentiality standards, allowing psychiatrists to report their patients to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) based on confidential patient information.
Have you taken your kid to the doctor recently? Do you remember the part of the visit where your fever-ridden child is asked “Are there any guns in your house?” I do. Now fast forward 6 months. You’ve been sad longer than you can remember and know it’s more than just motherhood. You feel like you’re drowning, but then remember that guy who had his guns confiscated because he had a psychiatric prescription. Now you’re more scared than sad, and the light at the end of the tunnel just got much further away.
Mental health professionals everywhere know the phrase “self-medicating.” It’s never a good thing. But when the people reading your therapist’s notes are the same people who can legally kick in your door; taking away your kids, guns, and anything else they want while throwing you in jail, it’s not gonna make you open up and admit you need help. Mentally unstable people who are paranoid of the government are a cliche, but a (hopefully) unintended consequence of Obamacare is making these people into prophets.
“Off the books” is an increasingly attractive option for people struggling with depression, PTSD, anxiety, etc. but finding such help is impossible. Penalties for providers that treat patients outside approved channels include jail time.
It’s a travesty that the biggest concern of mentally ill people is now “What if the government finds out?”