Calif. apologizes to physician after agent's visit

Monday, June 16, 2014
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Pacific Justice Institute has resolved what the firm describes as a "bizarre" case pitting the state government against a California doctor.

Early last month, an investigator from the California Department of Insurance walked into the Bakersfield, California, office of Dr. Jan Mensink. Matthew McReynolds, staff attorney with the Pacific Justice Institute, tells OneNewsNow it was sparked supposedly by a website typo on a flyer from the doctor's office dealing with patient options under ObamaCare.

"They came in and had a very intimidating visit to his office and were demanding all kinds of sensitive information including patient information," explains the attorney, noting that federal law protects privacy of patient records.

According to PJI, the only things the investigator left behind were confusion and his business card. But the plot gets thicker.

McReynolds, Matthew (PJI)"One of the remarkable things to us was that the state investigator even suggested to our client that he should not mention on the Internet that he was a Christian," McReynolds shares. "And so that was obviously very alarming to us. [It's] something we challenge in these proceedings and something that I think ultimately caused supervisors to realize this agent was way out of bounds."

McReynolds says he had a "rather bizarre" phone conversation with the agent and then pursued it to higher-level officials. After almost a month of silence from the state agency, the case was closed and the agency has apologized to Dr. Mensink.

McReynolds describes the case as an "extreme example of bureaucrats run amok."

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