Monday, June 27, 2011

A "stealth survey" . . . or spying?

Alarmed by a shortage of primary care doctors, Obama administration officials are recruiting a team of "mystery shoppers" to pose as patients, call doctors' offices and request appointments to see how difficult it is for people to get care when they need it.

The administration says the survey will address a "critical public policy problem": the increasing shortage of primary care doctors, including specialists in internal medicine and family practice. It will also try to discover whether doctors are accepting patients with private insurance while turning away those in government health programs that pay lower reimbursement rates.

This can be called a "stealth survey", or anything else the government wants to call it, but it's the federal government spying without a warrant on people engaged in 100% legitimate activity without any reasonable suspicion of individual wrongdoing.

If the Clinton or Bush administrations did it, there would be calls for impeachment - - by Barack Obama.

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