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Big Brother well and thriving

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Big Brother is ready to enter the room and most people are just sitting quietly and letting it happen. New federal regulations issued this week stipulate that the electronic health records — that all Americans are supposed to have by 2014 under the terms of the stimulus law — must record not only the traditional measures of height and weight, but also the Body Mass Index: a measure of obesity. The new regulations also stipulate that the new electronic records be capable of sending public health data to state and federal health agencies such as Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control. With the spread of electronic health records, the CDC apparently will be able to collect such data more efficiently and with greater accuracy because the electronic record-keeping systems can send the data automatically, eliminating the need for government — both state and federal — to keep, send and process physical records. Some key points jump out that should be of concern to most normal-thinking Americans: surveillance information? Once government has this information how will it be used to further control our lives? Had enough? Think Tea Party. JOHN T. NIGHTINGALE, Auburn