The problem with ObamaCare isn't only that it's careening toward a financial train wreck. It's also a slush fund to pay off Obama's political activists to carry out a massive invasion of privacy that dwarfs the NSA's collection of personal data on American citizens.
The Obama Administration let the cat out of the bag when it admitted it will give $655,000 in federal funds to three Planned Parenthood affiliates in Iowa, Montana and New Hampshire, plus $375,000 to Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., to hire navigators whose job it is to assist citizens to report all their personal medical and financial information to the government. The navigators' project is so intrusive that we wonder why we ever worried about data collection by the NSA as exposed by Edward Snowden.
The navigators are also expected to be hired from other pro-Obama organizations, such as Organizing for America and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and that will surely sweeten the budgets of those and other Democratic advocacy groups. Rep. Diane Black says that, since money is fungible, the Planned Parenthood grants amount to federal funding of abortion providers.
To back up the collection of data from individuals, the Obama administration is creating a giant "data hub" to gather personal records from seven government agencies: Internal Revenue Service, Social Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Veterans Health Administration, Defense Department, Personnel Management Office and even the Peace Corps.
The job of the navigators is to help 7 million participants select their Obamacare options and apply for benefits. Navigator applicants, who don't have to have a high-school diploma, will be given 20 hours of training during the one month between the time when the money becomes available and Oct. 1 when they report to their jobs.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi dared to say what many are worried about. These navigators will have access to thousands of Americans' most personal and private financial, employment, medical history and prescription-drug information, along with their tax returns, Social Security number, date of birth, bank account number and place of employment.
Navigators will not have background checks or even be fingerprinted. The Obamacare network doesn't have any process for doing criminal-background checks on navigator applicants and makes no requirement that navigators be covered by insurance.
The Federal Trade Commission is already worrying that this creates a massive opportunity for consumer fraud. Scam artists can pose as navigators to take advantage of people trying to sign up for Obamacare benefits.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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