The Candidates and Privacy of Your Health Records: Overview

In an Op-Ed in the NY Times today, Jeffrey Rosen offers his opinion on Clinton vs. Obama in terms of civil liberties and privacy. In his piece, he mentions some of Clinton’s speeches on privacy, but questions her approach. He suggests that Obama might be better — even though Rosen did not cite a single statement or action Obama has ever taken with respect to privacy. Apparently we are to evaluate Obama’s record on privacy by his absence of a record and his approach to other issues?

The timing of Rosen’s piece, less than a week before many believe Clinton will have to drop out of the race, reminds me that I wanted to compare all of the candidates in terms of their positions on health care privacy and the privacy of health records. During what seemed like over 42,000 debates among the contenders for President, there’s been a lot of discussion of health care coverage and plans. But unless I snoozed through it, there has been no discussion (or at least relatively little discussion) by the candidates on where they stand on health information privacy and any plan they might have to protect the privacy of our personal health information or personal health records.


I’ve compiled as much as I could find on the candidates’ positions on this issue by searching for archived speeches or press releases, by looking at their voting records or bills supported in Congress, and by consulting other available materials and resources such as Project Vote Smart’s site, the candidates’ campaign web sites, and yes, even YouTube. Follow the links below to learn what each of these candidates has done or said with respect to the privacy of your health records….

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