NH: Dem legislator aims to make doctors report deaf people

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What could possibly go wrong? It's not like the Nazis ever killed disabled folks after registering them... or the U.S. govt ever sent people to concentration camps after registering them...

New Hampshire House Bill 487
New Hampshire HB487 | 2019 | Regular Session

"Physicians and any other licensed or certified health care provider who is qualified by training to make the diagnosis and who then makes the diagnosis that a person is deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf/blind shall report all new cases of this diagnosis to the department"

The bill goes on to demand "the name and address of the person submitting the report and the person's date of birth, gender, and zip code at birth residence, and the specific diagnosis of the person. The department shall assign a unique identification code to identify the person..."

With that much information, would it even be difficult to figure out the person's name? Even if everything goes as planned and there's never a breach of the data?

NHLiberty.org has posted this info for contacting the committee which will vote on this, probably around late April:

View: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vSCTMAanq3Ny_UzFXgJIrE0i0lWBfx67D1vBA6QBxHqSDLAuwQE21HXlwMLTIRKGrCSBKEaqK3KGDdh/pubhtml?gid=1066404989&single=true&widget=true&headers=false
 

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This is a horrible idea.

By outing all deaf people, it would make them an easy target for attack or burglary.
 

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How does this affect the selective hard of hearing?

Asking for a friend who sometimes tunes his wife out, but doesn’t want to go to a special .gov deaf camp.
 

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"and to facilitate planning for services to persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf/blind and their families. The department may enter into an agreement with an appropriate entity for the management of the registry; provided, that any records and data submitted to the department pursuant to this subdivision shall be the property of the department."

Sounds like more gov on the way. My guess is the sponsors have family owned NGO's waiting in the wings.

Of the 3 sponsors, one is Boston born ,the other NYC.[thinking]
 

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What could possibly go wrong? It's not like the Nazis ever killed disabled folks after registering them... or the U.S. govt ever sent people to concentration camps after registering them...
I gather (since they want birth zip) they are looking for hot spots as with other disease but this is a wild overstep. DOB is way too specific. Perhaps birth year and zip only? But even that, this is using the power of the state to intrude into medical relationships to do what a voluntary study via a university could just as easily (and much less ham-handedly) do. Why must the state even do this - The answer is, because someone wants to use the threat of state enforcement rather than go through the effort and ethics approvals required in a normal, IRB-reviewed study.

Like you said, whenever one makes a list - compiles a database - the only ethical thing to do is assume it will be leaked or stolen. And that's AFTER you get past whether it "should" be done at all, whether it's the least intrusive way to accomplish it, and what "should" be in it. That's a lot of info centralized for little actual purpose other than government intrusion into the lives of people who are just as likely to not even be "from here" or want the help they purport to be using birth zip to figure out how to provide (little legislatively sucks like a bill containing obvious misdirection). Finally, to the above comment about registering people, yeah. I guess they can put the unique number on their arms to make sure they are tracked effectively.
 

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Does Rep. Porter, Hills have an interest in registering twins also like this gentleman.mengle.jpg
 
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