State attorneys general warn HHS of ObamaCare’s “privacy disaster waiting to happen”

posted at 9:31 pm on August 15, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Earlier this week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius complained about the continuing opposition to ObamaCare from those damnable red states, and warned that combating the “misinformation” those uncooperative lollygags are spreading is going to be crucial to the health law’s overall success.

Instead of emphasizing the need for combating — oh, I don’t know — actual misinformation.

As the debate rages over who benefits from the Affordable Care Act, one thing is becoming clear: The controversial program is a dream come true for rip-off artists.

Consumer experts warn that the program has created a huge opportunity for swindling people by stealing their money and their sensitive personal information.

“Any time you roll out a big government program like this, confusion is inevitable,” said Lois Greisman, an associate director in the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission. “This confusion creates a tremendous opportunity for the fraudster.”

Scammers have been at it for more than a year now, but consumer advocates and security experts warn that the problem will worsen as we get closer to Oct. 1. …

“There are fake exchanges already up and running on the Internet,” said Monica Lindeen, Montana’s Commissioner of Securities and Insurance. “If you do a search and type in ‘exchange,’ you’ll find all sorts of websites that claim to be in the exchange when they are not.”

Gulp. Last month, California’s insurance commissioner warned that “we could have a real disaster on our hands” in terms of identity theft and fraud, while the GOP was rather curious as to whether all of the Obama administration’s unilateral delays and obvious flailing in implementing the law also mean that they are shirking on privacy protection and system security. On Wednesday, a group of thirteen state attorneys general followed up on that lingering question, expressing their trepidation over the same:

Thirteen state attorneys general wrote to Secretary Sebelius yesterday to say they’re worried that her agency isn’t adequately protecting the privacy of those shopping in the insurance exchanges. Among their worries: that navigators and other assisters aren’t being trained well enough to protect personal data.

“When the exchanges begin enrollment, various ‘navigators,’ assister, application counselor and other consumer outreach programs will begin inputting consumers’ private data into insurance applications to help consumers enroll in health insurance plans,” the letter says. “We take very seriously the privacy of our state consumers and believe that your agency’s current guidance regarding these groups suffers numerous deficiencies.” The letter: http://bit.ly/14djcdf


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Wait until Sebelius has to go on 0bamacare…

OmahaConservative on August 15, 2013 at 9:32 PM

What privacy disaster? Once this thing kicks in, and the GOP tanks another presidential election, privacy will not be a concern of the regime.

CurtZHP on August 15, 2013 at 9:34 PM

“This confusion creates a tremendous opportunity for the fraudster.”

The main one being Obama.

VorDaj on August 15, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Not to worry; Obama will simply appoint a Fraud Czar — problem solved!

/Leftard

ShainS on August 15, 2013 at 9:37 PM

State attorneys general warn HHS of ObamaCare’s “privacy disaster waiting to happen”

I just said this same thing on the Snowden thread:

If it is that easy to get files from the NSA, how easy is it going to be to get our information out of the new Obamacare hub? That will be a hackers dream. They won’t need to hack into all of the different places to get our information; if they can hack into the new hub, they will be able to get everyone’s records easy-peasy. Because, we already heard how ‘focused’ they are on making sure it is a secure network./

Patriot Vet on August 15, 2013 at 9:16 PM

But at least we will all get ‘free’ healthcare!/

Patriot Vet on August 15, 2013 at 9:40 PM

I wonder if those youngsters who are worried about the NSA having their private information will sign up in droves for Obamacare like the administration hopes if there are a rash of identity thefts among those who sign up.

KW64 on August 15, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Glad I signed all those hippa forms.

wolly4321 on August 15, 2013 at 9:49 PM

America is flying along at 35,000 feet with no pilot and fuel is running low……..

redguy on August 15, 2013 at 9:51 PM

-I need this medicine to survive.

“I’m sorry but our records show you have already received your allotted medication.”

-No, like I told you, someone hacked my medical records and they got the meds instead of me.

“Too bad for you. Go home and die, I guess. NEXT!”

Bishop on August 15, 2013 at 9:52 PM

I wonder if those youngsters who are worried about the NSA having their private information will sign up in droves for Obamacare like the administration hopes if there are a rash of identity thefts among those who sign up.

KW64 on August 15, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Why would they sign up? Young, healthy, if they get sick or injured, they can immediately sign up for a diamond and emerald encrusted platinum insurance plan for a day or a few weeks.

astonerii on August 15, 2013 at 9:52 PM

They don`t care.

ThePrez on August 15, 2013 at 9:55 PM

More fraud,waste,and abuse on the way.
Yee effing haw! All aboard

bazil9 on August 15, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Oh they care, the Stasi. They want the intel too.

wolly4321 on August 15, 2013 at 9:58 PM

I’m telling you multiple individual states are going to block the implementation of Obamacare this October because the level of incompleteness will be too risky for people to use the system safely. I’ve made this comment a couple of times on HA this past week.

Republicans in Congress don’t have to and shouldn’t threat to deny funding for Obamacare. Obama’s Administration hasn’t completed one single plan it has proposed in five years. Obamacare won’t even limp across the starting line coem October 1. Security test the day before opening up for business? Puleeaaaase.

parke on August 15, 2013 at 9:59 PM

But we have to keep the spigot on full blast with all that government money pouring out. Its all good though because the debt clock hasn’t moved in over 80 days so no actual money has been spent right?

txmomof6 on August 15, 2013 at 9:59 PM

NSA is doing such a great job safeguarding our personal information, just think what Sebelius will do with all our personal medical info..

d1carter on August 15, 2013 at 10:00 PM

State attorneys general warn HHS of ObamaCare’s “privacy disaster waiting to happen”

“warn”?? barky and his America-hating, moron junta are proud of this. Doesn’t anyone remember those overly creepy commercials for BarkyCare that used to run on Fox with the guy seeing his doctor on a stage and strangers in the audience shouting out his medical history and tests? Even the idiot lefties thought it was creepy. Barky and his junta are proud of this. “warn” … LOL.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 15, 2013 at 10:01 PM

One.big.database.

You vote “R”?

You get hacked, ruined, wrecked.

Maybe your doctor gets the wrong health records. And you die.

This is pure evil.

wolly4321 on August 15, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Since these “Navigators” are being recruited from such luminary, upstanding & demonstrably trustworthy groups such as ACORN and the SEIU among other transformation-seeking entities, the American taxpaying public should have nooooooooooooo worries about bending over and taking it up the backside entrusting every private detail of their lives to these people.

After all, the honest and hardworking lions of the public trust backstopping any attempts to game the system & prevent abuse are none other than Kathleen Sebilius, Eric Holder, the IRS and Barack Hussein Obama, mmmmm-mmmm-mmm!!!

Sacramento on August 15, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Isn’t that the intended design of OcommieCare ? Exposed, personal data for sharing between agencies?
Did I miss something?
.
I’m sure Lois Lerner will be consulted for some ” how to ….” on how to be most efficient with data mining- and not get caught.(wink- wink)
.
Move along please.

FlaMurph on August 15, 2013 at 10:07 PM

So … another argument to repeal the Amendment for direct election of Senators.

njcommuter on August 15, 2013 at 10:08 PM

America is flying along at 35,000 feet with no pilot and fuel is running low……..

redguy on August 15, 2013 at 9:51 PM

.
Sum Ting Wong.

FlaMurph on August 15, 2013 at 10:12 PM

I don’t know. Would NJ state leg. still put up Menendez?
Seems a bit off topic.

wolly4321 on August 15, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Ho Lee Fuk. ;)

wolly4321 on August 15, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Obama is not a disaster waiting to happen.

Obama is a disaster that has happened.

SparkPlug on August 15, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Frau Schweinhundt will need to get herself an HHS Security Force armed with a shotguns, AR’s, and a few billion rounds.

One way or another you WILL adapt to this great plan, oh yes Citizen, you will.

Bishop on August 15, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Frau Schweinhundt will need to get herself an HHS Security Force armed with a shotguns, AR’s, and a few billion rounds.

One way or another you WILL adapt to this great plan, oh yes Citizen Subject, you will.

Bishop on August 15, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Now, it’s perfect.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 15, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Plan?

We don’t need no stinking plan.

SparkPlug on August 15, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Get the government out of my bedroom…..and into my medical and financial records. /liberal logic

txmomof6 on August 15, 2013 at 10:20 PM

And to think all that HIPPA crap we have to fill out so teh gays wouldn’t have to tell people about their AIDS test results, gone by the wayside. Now you won’t be able to hide anything from anyone.

txmomof6 on August 15, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Went to a new doctor today. All computerized. Asked me my pharmacy, called up all medicine I have got from there.

Barred on August 15, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Privacy disaster waiting to happen? Pretty sure that to the administration that’s a feature not a bug.

TXAction on August 15, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Privacy disaster waiting to happen? Pretty sure that to the administration that’s a feature not a bug.

TXAction on August 15, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Yep, it would be so much better if there was only one organization that had your personal information, and since the government already has all of your personal information…

slickwillie2001 on August 15, 2013 at 11:10 PM

Scientists have successfully implanted false memory cells into mices’ brains making them relive memories that never occurred. Now if Sebelius can inject conservatives….

I LOVE AFFORDABLE CARE
I LOVE AFFORDABLE CARE
I LOVE AFFORDABLE CARE

MaiDee on August 15, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Why would they sign up? Young, healthy, if they get sick or injured, they can immediately sign up for a diamond and emerald encrusted platinum insurance plan for a day or a few weeks.

astonerii on August 15, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Exactly right if they have a practical mind. But now even the ones who might think it is their progressive left duty to sign up should have second thoughts.

KW64 on August 15, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Personal privacy is one of the last surviving values that is still held nearly universally in America.

We can’t agree on freedom and enterprise, faith or civic virtue, but most of us are still particular about our privacy.

NSA tracking is one thing, it’s bad but it’s just who you called or emailed. HHS will have everyone’s medical and income records.

This could be the issue that returns the GOP to power, but we will need more solutions than just rolling back ObamaCare and closer scrutiny of NSA.

Adjoran on August 16, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Let’s NOT forget the OTHER side of possible fraud.

IF someone is signed up for insurance in 20 states at the same time, do the kickbacks to the various insurance companies EVER get returned to the Federal government?

Just asking ….

Freddy on August 16, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Oh That’s rich….. The history of government management of money has, except for a few short happy periods, been one of incessant fraud and deception.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on August 16, 2013 at 2:40 AM

How long until it’s illegal to lie to your Obamacare doctor when asked if there are any firearms in the home?

tommyboy on August 16, 2013 at 7:19 AM

Obama is not a disaster waiting to happen.

Obama is a disaster that has happened.

SparkPlug on August 15, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Depends on what your definition of “disaster is”.

If you are a satanist that loves to hack out third and fourth trimester babies, create “arab springs” that blow up entire countries and kill or destroy million of lives, wreck the worlds best medical system, create millions of dependent serfs that are ripe for slaughtering when you need sacrifices to him, build a cult that worships satan’s acolyte and destroy a financial system with cronyism and trillions of dollars of debt and liablities then I’d say he’s been a resounding sucess by any measurement.

acyl72 on August 16, 2013 at 7:48 AM

Wait until Sebelius has to go on 0bamacare…

OmahaConservative on August 15, 2013 at 9:32 PM

She’s already got her exemption.

rickv404 on August 16, 2013 at 7:56 AM

Since these “Navigators” are being recruited from such luminary, upstanding & demonstrably trustworthy groups such as ACORN and the SEIU among other transformation-seeking entities, the American taxpaying public should have nooooooooooooo worries about bending over and taking it up the backside entrusting every private detail of their lives to these people.

No kidding. They could have hired more trustworthy “navigators” by holding a job fair at the nearest maximum-security prison.

AZCoyote on August 16, 2013 at 8:29 AM

I have said for weeks that I’m against the whole defunding idea. But this thing can not be allowed to go live if there are serious privacy concerns. It must be stopped by any and all means possible.

Chris of Rights on August 16, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Would this be a bump or a glitch? No wonder dear leader has made it so easy for the lgbt crowd to come out. All our info will be published on some social media soon anyway.

Kissmygrits on August 16, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Can hardly wait for the first lawsuit. Oh, wait. There isn’t a law against criminal INCOMPETENCE.

GarandFan on August 16, 2013 at 11:25 AM

The FAFSA has been around for decades now, and is online. No one has questioned privacy with this simple system. This used to be onerous like doing a 1040 form, but now you type in a few things and the kid does, and the government can tell if you are poor enough for a Pell grant and the computer tells you right then and there.

What is more complicated in ObamaCare? Why do you need a Navigator? These are make work jobs. The insurance comes from a private insurance company, and the Navigator has no business knowing your business, it is between you and the seller.

This is Health Insurance for Clunkers, 3.0. (Cash for Clunkers, i.e. government workers spend /cost $24K to give some car buyers a $3-4K discount on a car.)

Please explain, where this private info is floating around. I am not buying individual insurance right now, so I am not going to do it, right????

Fleuries on August 16, 2013 at 5:02 PM

This Obamacare BULLSCHMIDT must not be funded

we need riotous TownHalls all over the fruited plain

we tell all Reps, we want Rep Graves CR passed in the HOR

this CR funds the government EXCEPT for the America-killing DEBACLE known as Obamacare

give it to The Senate and/or to Barry last week in Sep, and DON’T BLINK

whether he signs or not, WE WIN

The HATED Obamacare DOES NOT GET FUNDED

#BeClingers ———————-> #AmericaRISING

exodus2011 on August 16, 2013 at 5:59 PM