If the IRS targeting organizations with “tea party” or “patriot” in their name requesting tax-exempt status wasn’t enough, the line should be definitely drawn and a brick wall built upon learning the federal agency seized millions of healthcare records from an unnamed California healthcare provider. The lawsuit filed in mid-March by Robert Barnes on behalf of the unnamed provider stated 15 agents of the IRS seized the records of 10 million Americans of which 1 million were Californians while executing a warrant for the financial records of a former employee of the healthcare provider in March 2011. In a report by the Daily Caller, the records seized may have included the medical records of every judge in California, every state court employee, members of the Screen Actors Guild and Directors Guild, and people from “all walks of life.” Let me back up, the IRS illegally obtained those medical records, not seized. There is a big difference.
The complaint cites a violation of the 4th amendment in that the warrant issued by the IRS pertained only to the seizure of the financial records related to a particular individual under investigation. Working in the healthcare industry, I am very much aware of the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations which requires any organization/facility dealing with personally identifiable information to safeguard personal and medical information from any unauthorized access. The medical records would have been secured separate from employment records or financial records of employees; therefore, a deliberate conscious action to get those records had to take place. While the IRS was conducting this seizure, the facility further alleges that agents “used the company’s facility to watch basketball, order pizza and Coca Cola.” Naturally, this prompts an investigation by The Committee on Energy and Commerce.
I just can’t seem to take off my tin foil hat for one minute these days. With all the scandals of the Obama administration being exposed recently, I can’t help but wonder if something significant is taking place and these incidents are to keep us focused on details while hiding the full scope of another larger incident: going back to the old adage “You can’t see the forest for the trees.” Let’s face it, there are so many scandals being investigated by Congress, one has to wonder if they have time for anything else. One question nags at me; why would the IRS seize illegally millions of medical records on American citizens? I would be hard pressed to believe this has anything to do with the fight against terrorism as the NSA has claimed defending the collection of phone, email and internet activities of all Americans. I wonder if the sixty-four percent of Democrat and fifty-two percent of Republican citizens will think this violation of the 4th amendment is as palatable as NSA spying.
Continuing to ponder this seizure, I question if this activity will be a “Fast and Furious” operation in regards to medical records: the government gets the records for unscrupulous purposes then somehow loses them while conducting the unrevealed business and later it’s learned these records were used in some criminal activities. Could it be that this seizure of records may be used to target specific individuals in order to obtain cooperation with government? The IRS will play a major role in implementing Obamacare but I would seriously question the anticipation of that role as a defense of their actions since the incident occurred in 2011.
Magicians couldn’t perform any better sleight of hand than what this administration is currently practicing. Watch out Cris Angel.!
While the government is busy violating the Constitution, I have no doubt that officials at the IRS will fall back on the 5th amendment, blame rogue agents, lie, and continue to squander tax payer monies while at the same time suffering memory loss. I don’t think I will be turning over any healthcare information to this agency because of the gross violations that seem to be the norm rather than the exception at the IRS.
It appears individuals in government love to violate the Constitution while at the same time enjoying the benefit of one of its amendments when it suits them. Hypocrisy much? Congressional investigations and oaths to testify truthfully mean little to this administration and the executive branch agencies. Justice and punishment for wrong-doing may remain elusive and the American people will be left with more questions than answers as they are being schmoozed by the administration.