This letter to the Editor of the Sun was published August 23rd, 1998, in response to the "Forum" topic on Federal Identification Numbers..."From the Cradle to the Grave". An accompanying cartoon shows a mother and a baby and their doctor with bar codes on their foreheads. The Forum question reads: "The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 requires that Americans be assigned a federal identification number at birth to track all their medical records. Is a single database under federal control a good idea?"
The week before the Forum was a preview of the topic: "Supporters say the benefits are enormous - for instance, tracking carriers of AIDS or HIV to stop its spread. But critics say benefits of the plan do not outweigh the price paid in lost privacy, and most Americans already worry about the security of their medical records. Should all Americans be given a federal ID number to track their medical care?"
Carroll Quigley was President Clinton's professor at Georgetown University. Clinton said, in his first nomination acceptance speech, that Mr. Quigley clarified his "vision".
Quigley says in his 1966 book, Tragedy and Hope, on page 866, "planning" by experts will largely take the place of the industrial tycoon and the democratic voter: "Hopefully, the elements of choice and freedom may survive for the ordinary individual... But, in general, his freedom and choice will be controlled within very narrow alternatives by the fact that he will be numbered from birth and followed, as a number, through his educational training, his required military or other public service, his tax contributions, his health and medical requirements, and his final retirement and death benefits."
Whether the Democrats or the Republicans are in power, national IDs and numbers are about controlling the people. I'm convinced that these trends are leading to the fulfillment of Revelation 13:17, "...that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."
Our hope, however, is not in political action or armed revolt, but in becoming reconciled to God through Jesus Christ.