Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul issued the following statement in support of legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to repeal the section of the law authorizing the creation of a Unique Patient Identifier:
“The COVID hysteria has given new impetus for the scheme to assign every American a ‘Unique Patient Identifier.’ Supporters of this scheme are claiming the government needs the ability to monitor every American’s ‘vaccination and contact status’ because of COVID -- a virus from which the vast majority of people who contract it fully recover.
“It is highly unlikely the Unique Patient Identifier would only be used to monitor vaccine status. Instead, it would be used to monitor Americans' compliance with all the ‘recommendations’ of the federal health care bureaucracy. This would destroy health privacy and threaten our liberty to make our own health care choices.
“When the Clinton administration tried to implement the Unique Patient Identifier scheme in the 1990s -- which was authorized by the HIPAA (anti) medical privacy act -- grassroots liberty activists rallied behind my efforts to block it. As a result, a ban on funding this dangerous scheme has been included in every appropriations bill since 1998. My Campaign for Liberty will do all we can to apply the same grassroots pressure that blocked the Patient ID in 1998 to make Congress pass Rand’s bill which removes the authority and funding for a Unique Patient Identifier.”