I recently wrote a blog for Generation Opportunity espousing why Obamacare is creepy. One of my points was based on a New York Post article from Sept. 15 about some of the extremely personal and invasive questions that will be asked about out sex lives at every doctor we visit.
Questions about how many, and what gender, our sexual partners can become part of every doctor’s visit “no matter if the questions are unrelated to why you’re seeking medical help.” Creepy.This morning, when I was checking my email, I had received one from a lady who had come across my blog after she had an odd experience after seeking some medical help for a health concern. She started with background:
As a quick background, I am a married woman who is old enough to be your mother. Recently, I had reason to seek several opinions for a medical concern. I've had yearly gynecological exam for decades and of course know that personal questions about sexual activity are necessary. However, I have never been asked the question that every doctor I saw in the past 2-3 months has asked. The question is: How many lifetime sexual partners have you had?
When my jaw dropped and I managed to utter, "What?" the reply was even more astounding: We don't need names but just a number. (I should also mention that I was not asked if my sexual activity involved men or women.)If you think the NSA is bad, that's nothing compared to this crap. She continued to tell me that since her experiences, she began to research online and found a variety of different explanations -- some were saying it's just needed to have a complete full health history, to which she pointed out "in well over 25 years of exams, the question has never been asked" while others say this is a direct result of Obamacare legislation.
She then challenged me to find the truth -- what's actually happening. Why these questions are necessary suddenly. GNs obviously have to ask sexual history, but it's usually for the past year. Why the number of sexual partners of an older married woman is relevant, I'm no exactly sure ... but I digress.
For anyone concerned about your privacy, do yourself a favor and Opt Out of Obamacare.