As Obamacare is implemented in the U.S. Americans will be forced to give up the privacy usually taken for granted when seeing their doctor—one more reason to defund it.
Security measures that were supposed to be put in place have not been activated because many of the deadlines with respect to security measures that were supposed to be implemented in the Obamacare data hub have been missed.
The hub provides access to government data from various government agencies such as tax filings and Social Security records.
According to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) inspector general
If there are additional delays…the authorizing official may not have the full assessment of implemented security controls needed for the security authorization decision by the time open enrollment begins.
Even if the security measures are put into place on time there is no assurance that they will work properly.
The Heritage Foundation reports that some government officials have warned of the privacy and security implications arising from shoddy data security even as the Obama Administration have ignored those concerns.
Michael Astrue, a former general counsel of HHS was quoted saying
The system’s lack of any substantial verification of the user would leave members of the public open to identity theft, lost periods of health insurance coverage, and exposure of address for victims of domestic abuse and others.
He added that the dubbed version of the portal is
…“the most widespread violation of the Privacy Act in our history.
The “navigators’ who have access to sensitive personal information may have as few as three days training and learning about the guidelines have minimum eligibility criteria and background checks while having access to information about bank accounts, Social Security numbers, and insurance identification among others.
The Heritage Foundation believes that in the Obama administration's mad rush to implement Obamacare it has taken a slapdash and shoddy approach to the personal security of Americans. The only solution appears to be to defund it before giving new powers to federal agencies access to even more of U.S. citizens’ personal and financial information.