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 andIRS, 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!
Todd Beamon of Newsmax notes:
Obamacare will create a huge national repository of personal information — “and the problem is that this information doesn’t have a lot of safeguards,” Rep. Diane Black tells Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview.
“All of this personal information will be put into one database,” the Tennessee Republican tells Newsmax. “This is the first time in the history that we know of our country where we’ve had so much sensitive personal information all in one spot that can be used by our government. There’s a lot of uncertainty there.”
The Obamacare database is being culled from information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Internal Revenue Service, the Justice Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration.
The IRS is involved in 47 separate Obamacare provisions. For instance, the agency will implement the Obamacare requirement to purchase coverage by checking whether millions of Americans are in compliance.
A member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Black introduced legislation last week to make this massive database more secure.
“It helps to put some safeguards there, especially considering what happened with the IRS and their misuse of our information in targeting people with deeply held beliefs,” Black says.
So, Obama jammed down his Obamacare monstrosity, and once passed, the Congress and President exempted themselves from the program. And as predicted by American doctors and economists, the ACA began driving health insurance costs up and healthcare service down.
But the more sinister consequence may be the database, which must be the province of the IRS, the governmental agency tasked with enforcing the dictates of the (non)Affordable Care Act.
Yes, that IRS. The agency under investigation for reprehensible and heavy-handed tactics targeted at Conservative people and groups.
Aldous Huxley could not have penned a more frightening scenario than America in 2013 with King Obama prodding us toward tyranny. America needs a generation of Thomas Jeffersons to rise up and resist.