Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul issued the following statement in support of the National Patient Identifier Repeal Act (S. 2538), which repeals the federal law authorizing a “unique patient identifier,” and Senator Paul’s efforts to ensure this year’s Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill forbids the use of federal funds to develop or implement a unique patient identifier.
Then-Congressman Ron Paul authored the prohibition on the use of federal funds to create a unique patient identifier in 1998. The funding ban has been included in every appropriations bill since that time. Unfortunately, earlier this summer, the House of Representatives voted to remove the prohibition.
“It is disappointing, but not surprising, that some in DC are using coronavirus to breathe new life into the scheme to assign every American a unique patient identifier. This scheme would not only give federal bureaucrats and government-favored special interests access to every American’s personal health information, it would also jeopardize health care by undermining the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship.
“This is why Campaign for Liberty is standing with Rand in his efforts to stop the patient identifier from becoming law. Campaign for Liberty supports Rand’s legislation, S. 2538, repealing the provision of law authorizing the patient identifier, and his efforts to preserve the ban on federal funding for unique patient identifiers. We will do all we can to mobilize Americans who care about privacy and quality health care to stand with Rand against efforts to impose a unique patient identifier on the American people.”
Here is the text of a letter Senator Paul sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee urging the Senate to maintain the ban on the use of federal funds to develop a unique patient identifier.