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ObamaCare will be a massive invasion of privacy and a serious security risk for every American

July 28, 2013
Stephen T. Parente and Paul Howard, writing in USA Today (not exactly a right wing publication) report:
By mid-December, the federal government is planning to quietly enact what could be the largest consolidation of personal data in the history of the republic. If you think identity theft is a problem now, wait until Uncle Sam serves up critical information on 300 million American citizens on a platter.

Hyperbole? Unlikely. Here's why: As the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act lurches toward full implementation on Jan. 1, 2014, only a handful of states (California, Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon and Washington) are likely to be truly ready to operate state exchanges by next October. These exchanges are supposed to be the primary mechanism for giving federal subsidies to uninsured, low-income Americans. Without state exchanges, ObamaCare runs into trouble.

ObamaCare's fail-safe mechanism is the creation of a federal exchange the administration has quietly put in motion. If the plan were simply a Travelocity-style portal for choosing different insurance products across state lines, we would support it. In fact, the federal government already has similar exchanges for Medicare Advantage plans and Part D prescription drug plans.

ObamaCare's federal exchange, however, will be very different from these earlier efforts or emerging private exchanges such as In order to determine eligibilty for health insurance subsidies, the new exchange has to bring together information about you and your family from the Treasury Department and IRS, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, as well as your Social Security number — all coordinated by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Centralized data hub

The data gathering is sensible, in the abstract. Similar information is collected when you apply for a mortgage. But when the constantly updated information is combined in a central data hub, the potential for abuse is staggering. For one thing, the hub will have all the details needed to steal identities and fraudulently access credit.

Given the enormous complexity of the task, and the extremely tight deadlines specified under ObamaCare, you would hope that the Obama administration would have been open about exactly how this is being put together, how it will work and what the privacy protections will be. That's not the case.

Hidden details

It took digging to discover just the names of the two vendors awarded $142 million to create the federal exchange. We only found out about the firms after a state insurance commissioner inadvertently posted documents on the Web. The documents also revealed that the federal data will be combined with data streams from state governments. This hub will achieve what has, until now, only appeared in pulp thrillers: a central database linking critical state and federal data on every U.S. citizen for real-time access.
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    ObamaCare will be a massive invasion of privacy and a serious se
    July 29, 2013 | 08:41 AM

    ObamaCare is a disaster and the way to fix it once and for all is to remove the government policies causing employers to own the insurance policies. Tax breaks during World War II is the cause and ending the income tax is the solution.

    Bert Loftman
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    July 29, 2013 | 05:29 PM

    Getting rid of it leaves 47 million with no coverage. Wish the conservatives would address that.

    Everyone of you will use the healthcare system. We all need to pay.

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    July 29, 2013 | 11:49 PM

    JT, I don't know if it really is 47 million that would be without or not, thats really NOT the point.

    If it were up to me, everybody should have health care... they should buy their own health care JUST LIKE I DO. I am NOT for increasing the cost of mine, or yours, to pay for someone elses insurance.

    End Obamacare ASAP, while we still have doctors trying to work.

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    Health care
    July 30, 2013 | 06:36 AM

    It is the point Donald. Before obamacare the taxpayer was paying for the health care of the millions ( what you think poor people don't go to the hospital because they have no money?) all the while insurance companies were making record profits and excluding more and more people. They put profits over sick people in such a way it was unsustainable. It made people mad. It drove reform. It's too bad republicans didn't get on board to make obamacare better. Instead they sided with the insurance companies.

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    July 30, 2013 | 07:56 AM

    Have a friend who will not be able to afford insurance unless it is like $50 a month. They do NOT run to the ER, they pay a MD at an office visit out of pocket, but only go when they have to. When they are forced to pay the fine for not having insurance, that is money they will no longer have to pay the doctor. Bet no one though about the medical care they would not be able to get because of the fine. And since obamacare passed and even after it goes into effect, the taxpayers are still going to be paying for the health care of the millions while others will be punished and forced to go without medical care because of it.

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    But if they get really sick, and they will
    July 30, 2013 | 06:02 PM

    The tax payer will pay. And pay big.

    There is no escape. In the end each one of us is gonna run up a big bill.

    How do you want to pay?

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    No one is entitled to another's work
    July 31, 2013 | 08:09 AM

    Slave owners believed themselves to be "entitled" to the profits they extracted from the labor of the men and women that the law of the land treated as the private property of their "owners".

    This same pernicious theory of the law being used to force the transfer the labor of one man to another is no more than theft disguised as "entitlement."

    Each man or woman is entitled to no more than their own labor and ideas provides them with. If you take it without earning it, then you stole it.

    Warren Smith
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    October 10, 2013 | 01:08 PM

    "Entitled" seems to be the main issue. This starts at the top congress and senate believe they are entitled to life pay and full medical coverage. Notice they did not pass on their 0 medical to the people they represent!? I wonder if their (politicians) medical records are turned over to criminal investigative services, as ours will be!!! While I am all for Americans receiving medical care. The government has shown a poor ability to manage the safety of our people ie 9/11 most recent. Not sure putting them in charge of our health care is the wisest decission.

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