Okay, it’s been awhile, not that anyone reads this anyway. I’m going to try to promote this more and post a little more regularly. Anyways, here are some thoughts.
‘‘The goals for standards under paragraph (1) are that such standards shall—…enable the real-time (or near real time) determination of an individual’s financial responsibility at the point of service and, to the extent possible, prior to service, including whether the individual is eligible for a specific service with a specific physician at a specific facility, which may include utilization of a machine-readable health plan beneficiary identification card…”
and on the following page:
“The standards under this section shall be developed, adopted and enforced so as to—…enable electronic funds transfers, in order to allow automated reconciliation with the related health care payment and remittance advice”
Now, the part that does worry me is the second quote I posted. This would appear that in some way, the government would have access to a designated bank account of yours, as to ensure you had the funds to pay for your procedure. I know the government can pretty much get access to your account anyway, but that’s only if you give them a reason to get a warrant to go into your account. This would seem give the government the ability to freely access your account. I realize the government has little, if any, interest in randomly going through ordinary people’s personal bank accounts, but the possibility is a bit frightening.
A logo has also been developed, and the design incorporates the Obama logo. Is this about him or attempting to improve health care? We get it, Obama, you won. Now drop the branding and focus on the country, not yourself. Of course, as I say this, I’m including the logo. I hate myself sometimes.
Also, if either of my readers hasn’t seen the Obama joker poster that plastered LA, here it is.