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1998 Ron Paul Chapter 83

Patient Protection Act

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24 July 1998

Mr. Speaker, I yield 1 minute to the distinguished gentleman from Texas (Mr. PAUL).

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Mr. PAUL. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding me this time.

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I rise in support of the rule. Under the circumstances, the rule is very fair. It offers an opportunity for our side to vote for the Patient Protection Act as well as a vote for the opposition. I think that is quite fair, so I strongly support the rule.

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I would like to call to the attention of my colleagues one particular part of our bill that I think is very important and addresses a problem I see as being very serious.

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In 1996, the Kennedy-Kassebaum bill allowed for a national identifier and a national data bank to control all our medical records at a national level. This is very dangerous. In a bill that is called the Patient Protection Act, obviously the best thing we can do is protect patient privacy. If we do not, we interfere with the doctor-patient relationship, and this is a disaster.

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This whole concept of a national identifier — the administration is already working to establish this — is dangerous and we must do whatever is possible to stop it.

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I compliment the authors of this bill to prohibit this national medical data bank.

1998 Ron Paul 83:1 Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding me this time. here, Ron Paul thanks The Honorable Porter J. Goss of Florida.

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