ObamaCare Gives Private Companies NSA-like Access to Personal DataJune 27th, 2013
The majority of the provisions in the “Affordable” Care Act, referred to commonly as ObamaCare, begin taking effect in 2014. Most people are confused as to how it will work, and regulators are still hashing out the details and writing brand-new laws without having ever been elected to any office.
One of the newly-emerging details of the bill is truly alarming and could involve an NSA-like private data sweep to which third party companies may be granted access. Investor’s Business Daily is reporting on the ObamaCare Federal Data Services Hub, a database of private info including details like names, birth dates, telephone numbers, gender, age, health records, email addresses, third-party financial records, income information, tax returns, and more. To make matters worse, this data will be shared with or without citizen consent to third-party contractors and law enforcement.
ObamaCare’s Private Data Blitz
First of all, a pre-ObamaCare stimulus bill contained a provision that will create a national medical records database, effectively stealing all of the medical industry’s patient-client privileged data, making it possible for future hackers to, for example, swipe the info and publish an online list of everyone who suffered from a sexually transmitted infection or mental disorder. Now, the data theft is escalating to include virtually every other type of private info, all in one easily-accessible database.
The Department of Health and Human Services assures us that this is just to make our ObamaCare applications go through more quickly. However, it has also been admitted that the info will be given to law enforcement for the investigation of fraud. It’s hard to understand what type of fraud is being discussed when there is no specific American accused of any particular crime. If someone were accused of insurance fraud, warrants could be used to attain the necessary data.
Third Parties Will Be Given Access to the ObamaCare Hub Without a Citizen’s Consent
The NSA foolishly gave Edward Snowden, a brand-new, untested independent contractor, unprecedented access to private data that most Americans didn’t even realize had been stolen. If he had been a morally bankrupt person, he might have stolen some of it or sold it to someone else. Luckily, he chose to expose the leaks at great risk to his own life.
HHS intends to grant lots of private contractors similar access to the ObamaCare Hub. Without consent from the person in question, bureaucrats will give third party contractors, who probably work for insurance companies, access to personal information. Serious identity theft could easily take place when hundreds of thousands of un-vetted private contractors have access to everyone’s complete personal life record. In fact, the information will also be shared with agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. It’s unclear at this point whether or not the NSA’s info might also be included in these private data master files, but it could in theory be possible, given the fact that the government claims it has these types of powers.
It’s hard to tell yet exactly what data will be included in the list and who will gain access to it, but one can safely assume that insurance companies, at a minimum, will be able to look at it when signing people up for a plan through ObamaCare. Beyond that, there are many terrifying ways in which that data could be abused, from highly-likely outcomes like identity theft to less-likely-yet-more-extreme ends like the manufacturing of biological weapons based on DNA records.
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