Sure, the fact that our government collects electronic information on its citizens (while simultaneously “misplacing” millions of taxpayer’s personal information) might be creepy. . . But it’s just the beginning. For all the outrage over the NSA’s data collection program, PRISM, there is a curious amount of apathy regarding Obamacare’s egregious violation of personal privacy. In the typical fashion of statists, big government liberals and nanny-state progressives, Obamacare will do more than cater poorly to your health insurance needs; it turns out, the program will also be one of the largest harvesters of personal information ever attempted by the government.
According to a regulatory notice, filed by the Obama Administration in February, the Health and Human Services Department will be creating a new “system of records” on anyone with direct, or peripheral, contact with Obamacare exchanges. According to Investor’s Business Daily, the system will store names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, taxpayer status, gender, ethnicity, email addresses, telephone numbers, as well as tax return information from the IRS, income information from the Social Security Administration, and financial information from other third-party sources.
The system will also collect the employee tax ID numbers of anyone who is employed by a company which purchases coverage through the exchanges.
Even more audacious is the way in which the government has given itself the authority to disseminate this information in any fashion they see appropriate. The filing says the Federal Government will have the right to disclose this information “without the consent of the individual” to any contractors, consultants, grantees, law enforcement agencies, or businesses that are deemed necessary in implementing Obamacare. No warrants or individual consent needed.
This is an unfathomable amount of personal data that will be precariously “protected” by the same kind of government incompetence that recently “leaked” tens of thousands of taxpayer records from the IRS. (The Social Security Administration has also admitted it accidently released tens of thousands of social security numbers, names, and birth dates to unauthorized entities.) At least in this case ID thieves won’t have to piece meal an identity together. Everything except someone’s High School yearbook will be on file in one convenient location.
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