In a proposed rule from Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the federal government is demanding insurance companies submit detailed health care information about their patients.
The HHS has proposed the federal government pursue one of three paths to obtain this sensitive information: A “centralized approach” wherein insurers’ data go directly to Washington; an “intermediate state-level approach” in which insurers give the information to the 50 states; or a “distributed approach” in which health insurance companies crunch the numbers according to federal bureaucrat edict.
It’s par for the course with the federal government, but abstract terms are used to distract from the real objectives of this idea: no matter which “option” is chosen, government bureaucrats would have access to the health records of every American - including you.
One of the problems with this 'the Secretary shall make rules' crap is the Secretary can do damn near what she wants, and the bastards in Congress can dodge responsibility for it.
For more dirtbaggery from Empty Hat Salazar,
U.S. District Court judges aren't known for using inflammatory language in deciding the weighty issues that come before them on the federal bench. So it was remarkable to read the scorching indictment of a federal environmental agency and two of its scientists last week by Judge Oliver W. Wanger.
Wanger was angered by testimony from the two scientists, Frederick V. Feyrer and Jennifer M. Norris, that he said was "false," "contradictory" and "misleading." He accused the Interior Department of "bad faith" in providing the two scientists as experts, and claimed their testimony was "an attempt to mislead and to deceive the court into accepting not only what is not the best science, it's not science." An Interior Department spokesman defended Norris and Feyrer, telling the New York Times that "we stand behind the consistent and thorough findings by our scientists on these matters and their dedicated use of the best available science."
As I recall, isn't Salazar still in violation of that judge's order to start approving drilling permits, and to actually let them drill?
Have a GM car? Want to tell them to stuff their "We can sell your data, and we'll keep collecting even if you drop OnStar" crap? Just turn it off.
Among the reasons why Obama's 'day of service' bullshit for 9/11 pisses me off so damn bad
Every crash is someone dying. This is also among the reasons I despise so much of our media: they will get people killed with fake Koran-flushing stories, they'll stir up as much shit as possible with Abu Ghraib, but they won't show any of this because 'it's too upsetting'. Fuck every one of these sorry excuses for reporters, and damn everyone who helped carry out this attack.
What went wrong at the Reno air show. One little piece off the tail and you're screwed. Bloody 22 g's.