Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia snapped back at CBS News correspondent Aaron Navarro on Tuesday for inquiring about the lawmaker’s COVID-19 vaccination status, suggesting that Greene – who regularly condemns vaccinations and spreads all kinds of misinformation about the coronavirus – does not want the public to know if she is truly standing by her convictions. If she were, one could presume that her response would be “no.”
During the brief confrontation, however, Greene smugly refused to answer Navarro’s question and invoked The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act – more commonly known as HIPAA – as a defense to her outspoken secrecy.
“Two questions: have you yourself gotten vaccinated and do you disagree with the Republican group?” Navarro asked Greene.
“Well, your first question is a violation of my HIPAA rights. You see with HIPAA rights, we don’t have to reveal our medical records and that also involves our vaccine records,” Greene replied.
That is not how HIPAA works. Asking someone a personal medical question does not violate their rights.
There are many exceptions to HIPAA’s privacy and security provisions, which generally apply to health care providers and insurance companies.
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services website:
Many organizations that have health information about you do not have to follow these laws.
Examples of organizations that do not have to follow the Privacy and Security Rules include:
Workers compensation carriers
Most schools and school districts
Many state agencies like child protective service agencies
Most law enforcement agencies
Many municipal offices
The law does not contain language that shields members of Congress from sharing their COVID-19 vaccination status. By not doing so, Greene is providing a double-whammy of a disservice to her constituents and to her country. The first is her daily lies about vaccines. The second is chipping away at whatever faith her voters have that she will deliver on her cockamamie promises, which erodes confidence in the greater democratic process.
Regardless, however, the House of Representatives has not mandated that its members receive inoculations against SARS-COV-2, even as the super-virulent Delta variant is tearing through unvaccinated populations.
The question is, therefore, what is she hiding?
Question: Have you yourself been vaccinated?
Greene: Your first question is a violation of my HIPAA rights pic.twitter.com/JuHDovV2mC
— Acyn (@Acyn) July 20, 2021
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Brandon is a political writer for the Hill Reporter specializing in current events, breaking news, and scientific discovery. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University. He lives in New York City.