Obamacare: All Your Intimate Information Available to (Almost) Anyone (Mary Theroux)
Tuesday July 23rd, 2013
Does it bother you that a 29 year-old high school drop-out and former security guard could “wire-tap” all of your email and phone communications basically on his own authority?
Will it bother you when almost anyone can access your name, birth date, Social Security number, gender, ethnicity, family size, Indian status, incarceration status, veteran status, Peace Corps status, membership in a “recognized religious sect or health care sharing ministry,” email addresses, telephone numbers, health records, health insurance and premium information, and income, including IRS tax return information and Social Security income, as well as financial information from other third-party sources?
A massive database now being constructed to enforce Obamacare will capture all that and more. And the information in this “Federal Data Services Hub” won’t be available only to the 3 1/2 million people who hold confidential/secret clearances, or the 1.4 million people with top-secret security clearance. According to a filing by the Department of Health and Human Services, a wide range of people, including “agency contractors, consultants, or grantees” who “need to have access to the records” to help run Obamacare, as well as law enforcement officials to “investigate potential fraud,” will have access to this information, “without the consent of the individual.”
Among those who “need to have” access? “Navigators“: private individuals ranging from community organizers to possibly convicted felons, designated to help consumers work their way through the otherwise impenetrable Obamacare maze. Opponents claim almost anyone could become a Navigator, and they will not be subject to background checks.
Of course, a potential identity-stealing Navigator should be the least of one’s worries over the government’s having all of this information at their fingertips in one handy-dandy centralized database.
Are we ready to yell “No” yet?