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‘How’s Your Sex Life?’ Obamacare To Require Doctors To Ask Invasive Questions

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The federal government is paying doctors to gather information about your sex life as a part of Obamacare.

The New York Post reported that the Department of Health and Human Services has already paid medical professionals $12.7 billion to gather a wide variety of data about their patients.

Some of the questions that doctors are required to ask under Obamacare include:

  • “Are you sexually active?”
  • “If so, with one partner, multiple partners, or same sex partners?”

All doctors, including cardiologists, will have to ask questions, according to The Post. The questions are required under the portion of the Affordable Care Act that promotes the use of electronic health records. Clinics that refuse to ask the questions won’t get incentive payments now — and could face financial penalties from Medicare and Medicaid in 2015.

The Largest Consolidation of Personal Data

The “largest consolidation of personal data in the history of the republic” is how critics Stephen T. Parente and Paul Howard described Obamacare in a USA Today column last year. Parente and Howard believe that Obamacare will create a massive data base that will share information, including the answers to the sex questions, with a wide variety of federal agencies. Parente is a finance professor at the University of Minnesota, while Howard is director of the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Medical Progress.

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They say that the IRS, the Treasury Department, and the Department of Homeland Security would have access to the data, which would also be shared with state governments. It’s not just your sex life doctors will have to ask about. They will also ask about drug use.

Turning Doctors into Government Agents

The president’s “reforms” aim to turn doctors into government agents,” columnist Betsy McCaughey wrote in The New York Post. McCaughey believes that the questions violate the Hippocratic Oath, because doctors are not allowed to keep the answers confidential.

Some doctors agree with McCaughey. New York cardiologist Adam Budzikowski described the sex questions as “insensitive, stupid and very intrusive,” yet Budzikowski believes he has no choice but to ask the questions.

Doctors will have to ask the questions whenever somebody uses insurance to pay for a medical service, The Post said. Since most Americans have to use insurance to pay for health care, that means most people will be faced with these questions sooner or later.

Unfair to the Poor

Such questions are particularly unfair to poorer individuals that will have to use the Obamacare exchanges, Medicaid or Medicare. Rich people can avoid the questions by simply paying cash for medical services. Working people will have to answer the questions and have their personal information put into the database.

A major concern here is that some people might avoid going to the doctor and getting the health care they need because of such questions. In other words, some people might become very sick or die because they don’t want to answer the sex and drug questions.

These questions also present a real problem for Christians and others with strong beliefs about sexuality – and strong beliefs about privacy.

The Post’s Betsy McCaughey suggests that people simply not answer the questions.

“Patients need to defend their own privacy by refusing to answer the intrusive social-history questions,” she wrote. “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. Doctors take the Hippocratic Oath seriously and won’t be offended.”

One has to wonder what is the real purpose of such questions. After all, Obamacare was supposed to be about increasing access to health care — not violating privacy. How is a policy that turns doctors into government snoops supposed to increase access to health care?

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13 comments

  1. They also ask if there are any firearms in the home. I had never lied to my doctor before, but when they ask if there are firearms in my home, I say, “No.” I don’t say, “None of your business,” because I fear that will be taken as a “Yes,” and some code will be entered on my electronic file. I have instructed my daughters to tell no one about any firearms. They know not to tell a doctor, nurse, policeman, teacher, principal, classmate, friend, stranger anything about firearms in our home.

    As for the questions on sex, I believe I will not be alone when I report celibacy.

    • Hello again fellow Nam Vet. You have that right, I think like Sergeant Schultz. “I know nothing” about sex…
      Haven’t done none of that there kind of stuff for years. My goal in life Doc is to wake up with a pulse…

      • All the drugs they want to load a guy up with, and a lot of them have adverse effects on the function. Still, there are those drugs to fix the function, and the ads say, “Ask your doctor if you’re healthy enough for sex.” I figure if you gotta ask, you ain’t gonna like the answer. Ha!

    • You may be correct in the need for the ‘white lie’, let their data collection result in severe miscalculation of what strength their resistance might have. I will question any inappropriate question with “What does that have to do with why I am here?”.

      • I have actually had to fill out forms that had information on them that I did not agree with. I viewed it as any contractual paperwork and struck out the lines I didn’t like and placed my initials at each line that I struck. The nurse took the form, but the very next visit, they handed me a new form to fill out. They demand answers, so they will get lies.

  2. I don’t see anything about gun ownership, but these questions were asked when i filled out paper work for kaiser permante so I don’t know why people flip. Are people really that scared of their genitals?

    • If it were a matter of sexual dysfunction or communicable diseases, then the questions would have a valid medical reason. But, the questions are not related to medical needs. They are being asked in the same way that the Census Bureau asks intrusive questions when it surveys the population for various agencies. The government is using strong-arm tactics to gain information for its social engineering agenda. The fact of the matter is that the government shouldn’t know a dammned thing about an individual’s health or habits. That is a matter that should remain confidential and be discussed only between the doctor and the patient, and the patient and others he chooses to share the information with.

      I used to work for the Census Bureau, doing the American Housing Survey. I used a laptop computer that was update nightly, and the questions changed periodically, depending upon which agency had contracted to obtain which information. Sometimes there were questions added about alcohol consumption or tobacco use. Sometimes the added questions asked about the number of abortions a person may have had. The information was supposed to be anonymous, though they still asked for people’s names. Most people didn’t mind giving up everything, but some did, and we were allowed to put in fake names to satisfy their need for anonymity. One day, the survey started asking for Social Security numbers. I tried to allow people to enter 123-45-6789, or 999-99-9999, etc., but the system wouldn’t allow me to do that. So I quit the job. I felt that there had been a sea-change in what the Bureau was doing with citizens and their privacy. And, if the Census Bureau asks me any personal questions, they’ll not get an answer out of me!

      • I find it really bad that anyone would ask for a SSN as it specifically states in the SSN “law” that it cannot be used for identification.

        I basically will just make up stuff, like I have sex 4 or 5 times a day with various partners, all unprotected….

  3. Read another article about this. He (didn’t keep his name) said that he just wrote on the form, “I do not choose to answer these questions.” and then signed his name. The doctor’s office took the form and gave him his required services. So… is it, per chance, optional, but they just don’t tell you?

    • …if they have the proof that they asked the questions, they get their government stipend… but YOU are marked as uncooperative, remember the Seinfeld episode when Elaine goes to the doctor? 🙂

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