HR 3525 – Illegals E-Medical Records Before Veterans

 In Politics, Veterans

The House voted on Thursday to give illegals E-Medical records long before those same types of records are available to US military veterans. They passed HR 3525 with a vote of 230-184, according to American Military News.

HR 3525 is the US Border Patrol Medical Screening and Standards Act. It requires DHS and CBP to implement an Electronic Health Records system, store those records, and report them to Congress for all migrants entering the United States within 90 days of enactment.

HR 3525 also HAS NO FUNDING, which means that the Department of Homeland Security and Border Patrol will have to come up with the funds out of their existing budget to implement the bill.

Why not prevent the border crossings in the first place, instead of creating another quagmire for the Border Patrol?

Implementing new computer systems is not a “snap,” it’s a nightmare. First the software has to be developed (likely there are some out there that could be adapted).  Then it must be installed in the computers, if the computers can handle new software. If not, there’s a huge expense, probably something the Democrats are hoping for to take away from the duties of Border officials. Then there’s the learning curve, which can be horrific for any agency, depending upon the level of computer experience of the employees. All in all, it could end up being extremely costly and become a giant boondoggle. Which is what the Democrats are hoping for…any bets on that?

The Veterans angle

Rep Tim Burchett said that when House Republicans added an amendment that would roll out the same kind of records system for the VA, it was voted down. The EHR for veterans won’t be ready for nine to ten years at the cost of $25 Billion.

AMN reported,

Critics of the bill pointed out that those same busy Border Patrol agents would have to implement the EHR system within a timeframe of months, whereas similar efforts to implement EHR systems in the Department of Defense and hospitals run by the Department of Veterans Affairs which together will take 10 years and $25 billion to implement.

“If we cannot deliver a modern medical record for the men and women who put their lives on the line for us sooner than that, it is impossible to think that we could or should deliver one in a month for those who knowingly enter our country illegally,” Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) said in a press release. “We should not treat anyone, particularly someone who breaks our laws, better than we treat our heroes.”

The bill now goes to the Senate. That the House Democrats (and two Republicans) valued keeping records of those who break our laws over those who have served our country is unconscionable.

One Democrat decried the ‘busy, overworked Border Patrol agents’ who were keeping medical records by hand. Which is likely true, and they do need an electronic system. But the focus of the House is not upon the’ poor overworked Border Patrol,’ it’s on helping the illegals and snarling up the Border Patrol. This bill does not fund such systems, and pushes the deadline of implementation to just 90 days…that’s not enough to do it.

Call your Senators and express your opinion.

Featured photo: screenshot via CBS news

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  • Dave
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    How could it possibly take 9 to 10 years and 25 billion to develop something that the public sector already has? Why does something different need to be developed in the first place? Talk about wasting our money.

  • Taylor
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    @Dave There are two potential reason/explanations. First, and most likely, because it’s the government and they would insist on developing their own as opposed to implementing what’s available to the public sector. And what’s currently in the public sector *has* taken decades to adequately develop.

    The other, because what’s available currently is not simply “plug and play”. An implementation of an EHR system requires massive amounts of data conversion, integration with legacy systems, build customization, and more. Granted, this would be the most time efficient and cost effective… but when does the government ever take that route?

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