HHS "Study" A Shameless Ploy

Just in the nick of time, HHS vindicates the necessity of Obamacare with a carefully conducted study that tends to support the need for heavy-handed government regulations on insurance companies. I think Fox’s Dr. Manny sums up the study better than I could:

“To offer up such a high number is a harsh lie — that’s a made up number. There’s no way to come up with a number like that. The only way you could prove a number like that is if you visited everyone, took their medical history and gave them a physical. ”

First of all, conducting the study with the intention of producing actual data would violate federal medical privacy laws. HIPAA, the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act, requires health care providers to provide safeguards to protect their patients’ medical information. With privacy rules in place, the only way HHS could gather data from medical records would be to violate its own rules. While it’s within the realm of possibility, it’s difficult to believe that HHS managed to conduct this study of over 100 million people in such a short amount of time.

If the lack of sources isn’t enough, the conclusions reached by the study should be enough to call its validity into question. What kind of study has a margin of error of 79 million people? Only the federal government could come up with with a “scientific” study that results in an insinuation rather than a conclusion. It’s not much of a stretch to see the shameless, self-serving motive behind the timing and content of this so-called “study”. The Department of Health and Human Services is tasked with implementing Obamacare, drastically increasing its budget and its bureaucratic clout. Believing that HHS intentionally manufactured a study that supports their naked power grab is a lot more believable than the medical fantasy they’re expecting us to swallow.

Just like Dr. Manny, I’m not buying what Ms. Sebelius is selling.