Nancy Pelosi’s famous Obamacare quote, “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it” has become the stuff of catastrophic, economic nightmares.
But the horror gets worse. Now every media outlet is reporting that the Administration is months behind on the security protocols for the behemoth Obamacare database.
And not just any database–this database will have near-infinite minutiae of personal, health, work history and other information in one, centralized location accessible by thousands of low-level federal employees and independent contractors.
USA Today’s Stephen T. Parente and Paul Howard wrote in December 2012:
By mid-December, the federal government is planning to quietly enact what could be the largest consolidation of personal data in the history of the republic. 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.
Hyperbole? Unlikely. Here’s why: As the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act lurches toward full implementation on Jan. 1, 2014, only a handful of states (California, Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon and Washington) are likely to be truly ready to operate state exchanges by next October.
These exchanges are supposed to be the primary mechanism for giving federal subsidies to uninsured, low-income Americans. Without state exchanges, ObamaCare runs into trouble.
ObamaCare’s fail-safe mechanism is the creation of a federal exchange the administration has quietly put in motion. If the plan were simply a Travelocity-style portal for choosing different insurance products across state lines, we would support it.
In fact, the federal government already has similar exchanges for Medicare Advantage plans and Part D prescription drug plans.
ObamaCare’s federal exchange, however, will be very different from these earlier efforts or emerging private exchanges such as eHealthInsurance.com. In order to determine eligibility for health insurance subsidies, the new exchange has to bring together information about you and your family from the Treasury Department and IRS, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, as well as your Social Security number — all coordinated by the Department of Health and Human Services.
The potential for abuse should chill the heart and soul of any thinking American. Centralized, comprehensive and intrusive knowledge of every citizen? Terrifying!
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