Obama administration sharing highly personal Obamacare data of residents with private firms

By George Miller

The Associated Press revealed something last week which anyone who understood the Obamacare law already knew. Namely that information the government was collecting about people could, would and now has been shared with multiple companies, under the auspices of U.S. HHS (Health and Human Services). This is specifically allowed in the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (ACA) HR3590, although seemingly forbidden by other privacy laws, such as HIPPA. It’s also implemented in various state and federal agency rules. Of course, this a huge privacy– and security– issue.

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Information shared included things such as age, income, ZIP code, computer IP address, tobacco use and whether a woman is pregnant.

Then, once again, Obama unilaterally and unconstitutionally changed the law by tightening up on data releases after the adverse publicity spurred a national outrage. We don’t know exactly what the new security criteria might be and whether they are even being honored.

However, the lack of privacy was even worse than what AP wrote. CNN’s Money.cnn.com provided more details.  But, this little gem should console you: “HHS would only assure that the data being shared with DoubleClick and others is transmitted to them securely.”

Read the bill, folks, or have someone who objectively can/will advise you. There are lots more surprises therein, many already revealed.  We see that even Nancy Pelosi’s warning that they’d “have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it” wasn’t a sufficient caution for many people. Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber was right, since people ignored repeated warnings from opponents of the new legislation. By the way, there are also already tens of thousands of additional pages of related regulations written and enforced by unaccountable bureaucrats in HHS, IRS and other alphabet agencies,

This is far from the only outrage. It seems that you really can’t keep your doctor and health plan anymore and that “crazy” people such as Sarah Palin were right about the “Death Panels,” a rather dramatic made-up name she assigned to the unaccountable appointed groups deciding which therapies will be made available and to what classes of patients.

How many more surprises await? Some say this is what happens when the People cede too much power to the government. Others favor trading off rights and privacy for perceived security.

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http://bigstory.ap.org/article/c08e8f9667c54c86b36976ab8a338128/apnewsbreak-govt-reverses-health-care-privacy-problem

http://money.cnn.com/2015/01/21/technology/security/obamacare-website-advertisers/

http://www.policestateusa.com/2013/obamacare-law-creates-data-services-hub-and-tracks-social-behavioral-data/

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/01/healthcare.gov-sends-personal-data

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2872726/healthcaregov-sends-personal-data-to-twitter-yahoo-and-google.html

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/15/01/21/046246/healthcaregov-sends-personal-data-to-over-a-dozen-tracking-websites

 

George Miller is Publisher of Citizensjournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant, active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard.

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