Public Citizen notes that, as of Dec. 31. 2007, the healthcare database listed:
Apparently, Section 1921 got whisker-close to implementation in October 2008, when HHS submitted a final draft to the Office of Management & Budget. However, the paperwork got lost in the presidential transition. As a result, the regulation will have to start anew through departmental clearance, which could delay access to the data bank until 2010 or beyond.
Of course, President Obama should not be singled out for blame on this issue. We can thank in equal parts Presidents Reagan, Bush XLI, Clinton, and Bush XLIII equally for their bipartisan indifference.
However, Obama is the man now and when he ran for the job last year he promised us "Change We Need." May I respectfully suggest he take up Section 1921—with all haste—and address the change we needed 22 years ago.