If your doctor is caught accepting money in exchange for providing a health care facility exclusive access to her patients, she will be prosecuted by the Justice Department under the Anti-Kickback Statute. She will be subject to fines, imprisonment, and exclusion from treating Medicare or Medicaid patients. The schemes that result in such consequences are the medical corollary to Hillary Clinton’s sale of access while Secretary of State. But Clinton won’t be prosecuted. Instead, she may well be elected President in November, which will give her control over the DOJ as well as the agencies that administer Medicare and Medicaid.
And it gets worse. If any doctor had been guilty of Clinton’s incredibly irresponsible behavior with confidential emails, he would end up delivering pizza once released on parole. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires that all patient information must be protected from unauthorized disclosure. All health care providers are required to assure that all protected health information be stored on secure servers that cannot be hacked. Failure to do so is the corollary to Clinton’s use of an unsecured server housed in someone’s bathroom. Any doctor this dumb would be liable for huge fines, probable jail terms, and civil suits.
This kind of irresponsibility is frequently excused by Clinton’s supporters as mere carelessness or technical naiveté, but this would never wash in the real world of medical care. In fact, where the case of the Anti-Kickback Statute is concerned, the normal rules of due process don’t apply. A fundamental principle of our justice system holds that a person cannot be convicted of a felony unless it has been proven that he acted with “criminal intent.” But that was changed by the authors of Obamacare, who altered Section 6402(f)(2) of the Anti-Kickback Statute to say that “a person need not have actual knowledge of or specific intent to commit a violation.”
Not that anyone really needs to prove intent where Hillary Clinton is concerned — criminal intent defines her entire career. The latest example of this involves the use of BleachBit to delete more than 15,000 emails. Clinton and her creatures were evidently the last people in the galaxy to discover that deleted files can be recovered by software experts. BleachBit is designed to “shred” files in order to prevent anyone from recovering them. As GOP congressman Trey Gowdy phrased it, “You don’t use BleachBit for yoga emails, or for bridesmaids emails. When you’re using BleachBit, it is something you really do not want the world to see.”
And for Hillary Clinton there is and has always been something to hide. She and her husband probably hold the record, outside of the mafia, for the number of times they have been the subjects of federal investigations. During 1992, the Whitewater probe emerged as a campaign issue during Bill Clinton’s first White House bid. The following year, “Travelgate” caught the attention of the FBI. More recently, Mrs. Clinton has been the subject of the Benghazi probe, the investigation into the secret bathroom email server, and the latest investigation involving the money laundering operation known as the Clinton Family Foundation.
I have quite a few friends who always vote Democrat, and every single one of them has told me that they are profoundly uncomfortable with a Hillary presidency. And they all give the same reason — she can’t be trusted. These people don’t like Donald Trump either, and they always add that as a caveat when lamenting Hillary’s lack of character. So, as Hillary famously phrased it during one of the Benghazi hearings, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” Well, most voters — including most Democrats — are decent people. And they know that it really doesn’t matter to Clinton how many people died at that embassy. This worries them.
The voters already know that Hillary is a crook. They know she routinely gets away with things for which even dedicated professionals like your doctor would go to jail. They know that Donald Trump is telling the truth when he says the Clinton Foundation is a “criminal enterprise,” and they are obviously looking for an excuse to vote against Clinton. At present, she’s ahead in the polls and trying to run out the clock. If she continues that losing strategy, and Donald Trump relentlessly reminds the voters that she is better suited for the big house than the White House, her tawdry history may yet produce an upset on November 8.