Covered California Invades Californians' Privacy

Carol Platt Liebau

12/7/2013 9:07:00 AM - Carol Platt Liebau

Without seeking anyone's permission, government workers at Covered California took it upon themselves to give insurers the names and contact information for tens of thousands of Californians who came on the web site to check out their health care options -- but left without purchasing insurance.

Apparently, the exchange's lawyer signed off on the distribution of this information, but just because it's technically legal, that doesn't make it right. Now all these people can (and no doubt will) be contacted by insurance companies -- whether they want to be or not.

The state exchange has fallen back on that old, hoary excuse of government run amok: It was just trying to "help." But it's a sobering reminder just how much private information ObamaCare has put in the hands of government . . . and just how cavalier and callous the government can be, all in its alleged eagerness to "help."