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O-Care ‘Navigators’ Will Get All Our Gov’t Records

From National Review:

Obamacare’s Branch of the NSA

Community organizers will use a Federal Data Hub to sign up people for subsidies — and even ballots.

By John Fund | July 22, 2013

President Obama has had a poor record of job creation, but at least one small economic sector is doing well: community organizing.

The Department of Health and Human Services is about to hire an army of “patient navigators” to inform Americans about the subsidized insurance promised by Obamacare and assist them in enrolling. These organizers will be guided by the new Federal Data Hub, which will give them access to reams of personal information compiled by federal agencies ranging from the IRS to the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration.

“The federal government is planning to quietly enact what could be the largest consolidation of personal data in the history of the republic,” Paul Howard of the Manhattan Institute and Stephen T. Parente, a University of Minnesota finance professor, wrote in USA Today

Because 34 states have declined to set up their own insurance “exchanges,” the job of guiding exchange enrollees in those states has been left to Washington. The identity of the groups who will get the Sebelius grants isn’t yet known, but Politico reports they are likely to include Planned Parenthood, senior-citizen advocacy organizations, and churches…

In any case, you can be sure they will be ‘Friends Of Obama.’ These will be perfect patronage jobs for party loyalists.

In June, the Government Accountability Office reported that HHS is considering allowing navigators to assist with outreach and enrollment tasks even before completing their formal training. The reason? Like so much of Obamacare, the navigators program is behind schedule and drowning in its own complexity.

This spring, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee lawyers were also told by HHS that, despite the fact that navigators will have access to sensitive data such as Social Security numbers and tax returns, there will be no criminal background checks required for them. Indeed, they won’t even have to have high-school diplomas

So it will be a perfect job for anyone interested in ID theft. Which, come to think of it, is also a good way to steal votes. Not that the Democrats would ever do that.

But HHS is unconcerned. It points out that navigators will have to take a 20–30 hour online course about how the 1,200-page law works..

“I want to assure you and all Americans that, when they fill out their [health-insurance] marketplace applications, they can trust the information they’re providing is protected,” said Marilyn Tavenner, head of HHS’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, at a congressional hearing last week…

And she wasn’t laughed out of the room?

“The standards proposed by your department could result in a convicted felon receiving federal dollars and gaining access to confidential taxpayer information,” a group of nine Republican senators led by Utah’s Orrin Hatch wrote to Secretary Sebelius last month. “The same standards allow any individual who has registered with the exchange and completed two days of training to facilitate enrollment, as if the decision to purchase health insurance is similar to the decision of registering to vote.” …

“Giving community organizers access to the Federal Data Hub is bad policy and potentially a danger to civil liberties,” House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan told me recently. “But it’s one of the most underreported stories I’ve seen. If people only knew about this Data Hub program, it would touch off a huge public outcry.”

Which is precisely why our media guardians will never report it.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “O-Care ‘Navigators’ Will Get All Our Gov’t Records”

  1. Sweet Babbling Buddha, I’m going to have to invest in Mongolia and move there. Outer Mongolia

    • My nephew spent a year with Peace Corps and another year working with banks on IT there. He speaks fluent Mongolian and liked the people but there are many drunks and bandits. Lots of open spaces though. A man could get lost there.

      As for signing up for Ocare, they’re going to have to lock me up. I’m not paying any fine and I’m not subjecting myself and my info to leftest thug theives looking to get even with whitey.




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