If you think the NSA spying on Americans is bad wait until you hear about the Obamacare data hub. The HHS will use the hub to “interact” with the IRS, the Social Security Administration, the Peace Corps, the Defense Department, the VA, and the Office of Personnel Management. The creeps say they need it to determine eligibility for subsidies, etc.
And what sort of data will be “routed through” the Hub? Social Security numbers, income, family size, citizenship and immigration status, incarceration status, and enrollment status in other health plans, according to the HHS.
“The federal government is planning to quietly enact what could be the largest consolidation of personal data in the history of the republic,” noted Stephen Parente, a University of Minnesota finance professor.
Not to worry, says the Obama administration. “The hub will not store consumer information, but will securely transmit data between state and federal systems to verify consumer application information,” it claimed in an online fact sheet .
But a regulatory notice filed by the administration in February tells a different story.
That filing describes a new “system of records” that will store names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, taxpayer status, gender, ethnicity, email addresses, telephone numbers on the millions of people expected to apply for coverage at the ObamaCare exchanges, as well as “tax return information from the IRS, income information from the Social Security Administration, and financial information from other third-party sources.”
They will also store data from businesses buying coverage through an exchange, including a “list of qualified employees and their tax ID numbers,” and keep it all on file for 10 years.
Read the whole thing, there’s more, like how they plan on disclosing all of this information to third parties, including law enforcement.
Republican lawmakers have asked Kathleen Sebelius how they will protect sensitive information but they haven’t yet heard back from her.