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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Obamacare's Massive Database Will Be Accessible to Criminals

Stephen T. Parente and Paul Howard, 
writing in USA Today, offered the following observation: “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.”

We were warned, but almost nobody was listening.

This aspect of the Obamacare problem is the new Federal Data Hub. It is a central agency that collects every scrap of personal data about us from sources such as the IRS, Social Security Administration, Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and even the Veteran’s Administration. Not just some of us. All of us. Parente and Howard stated, “The federal government is planning to quietly enact what could be the largest consolidation of personal data in the history of the republic.” What they didn’t know at the time was who would have access to the database.

It is enough of a hair-raising concern that any one entity in the government can collect such data on 300 million people. According to John Fund in National Review Online, the Department of Health and Human Services is about to hire a legion of “patient navigators.” They will have access to every scrap of data the government has on file for every American. Unlike the IRS and Census Bureau, HHS will not require background checks for their “patient navigators.”

It would, therefore, be possible for someone who has committed a felony to have access to every sensitive facet of our lives, even someone who had previously been convicted of identity theft. Says HHS: 

“[D]despite the fact that navigators will have access to sensitive data such as Social Security numbers and tax returns, there will be no criminal background checks required for them.” HHS won’t even require their navigators to have a high school diploma.

HHS will only require that navigators take a “20–30 hour online course” on the 1,200-page Obamacare law. Mr. Fund put it in a nutshell:  “[That] is like giving someone a first-aid course and then making him a med-school professor.” He cited Marilyn Tavenner, head of the HHS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services promise:  “I want to assure you and all Americans that, when they fill out their [health-insurance] marketplace applications, they can trust the information they’re providing is protected.”

In the age of Wikileaks and IRS abuses, somehow that isn’t very comforting.” If Rachel Jeantel, say, is any example of the quality of non-high-school-diploma-navigator fitness, it’s much scarier than that.
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) seems to agree. He wrote the following to Kathleen Sebelius: “The standards proposed by your department could result in a convicted felon receiving federal dollars and gaining access to confidential taxpayer information.”

He added that Healthcare enrollment was more complex than registering to vote. Apparently, HHS had already thought of that. The two are inextricably combined. Thanks to the true purpose of Obamacare, to provide Democrats with a permanent voting base, voter registration is a function of the navigator’s job. A person cannot be offered Obamacare without a guided, voter registration harangue.

And now HHS is floating the notion that ACORN wannabees are going to be deployed before “training” is completed. These uneducated new federal employees will be earning $20–$48 per hour. Much more than their equals earn in the private sector.

Fund quoted Congressman Paul Ryan as having said “Giving community organizers access to the Federal Data Hub is bad policy and potentially a danger to civil liberties.” Congressman Ryan bypassed the obvious conclusion. Having a Federal Data Hub is, by itself, an unconscionable invasion of private liberty. Once upon a time, it would have been recognized as such.