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Post  Anti Federalist on Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:25 pm

Say Goodbye to Medical Privacy Under ObamaCare

Monday, 17 June 2013 16:53

Written by  Michael Tennant

http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/health-care/item/15738-say-goodbye-to-medical-privacy-under-obamacare

If you’re planning on buying health insurance on an ObamaCare exchange next year, be forewarned: Your personal health information (PHI) will be made available to a variety of government agencies, quite possibly including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

According to the Washington Examiner, a proposed Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation “requires state, federal and local agencies as well as health insurers to swap the protected personal health information of anybody seeking” insurance on an exchange. “PHI includes an individual's medical history, test and laboratory results, insurance information and other data,” the paper explains.

Beginning in January, Americans not obtaining coverage via their employers will be required to purchase it on the individual market or pay a tax penalty. The exchanges — some run by the states, others by the federal government — are supposed to provide marketplaces for individuals to shop for the ObamaCare-compliant insurance that best suits their needs. Depending on their household income, individuals buying insurance on an exchange may be eligible for premium-assistance subsidies. They will also, under the new rule, find their medical history subject to bureaucrats’ — and possibly others’ — prying eyes.

If an individual applies for insurance on an exchange, says the rule, “the exchange would submit specific identifying information to HHS and HHS would verify applicant information with information from the federal and state agencies or programs that provide eligibility and enrollment information regarding minimum essential coverage.”

“HHS will work with the appropriate federal and state agencies to complete the appropriate computer matching agreements, data use agreements, and information exchange agreements which will comply with all appropriate federal privacy and security laws and regulations,” the rule adds. “The information obtained from federal and state agencies will be used and re-disclosed by HHS as part of the eligibility determination and information verification process.”

In other words, in order to obtain insurance on an exchange, an individual must surrender his PHI to the exchange, which will forward that information to HHS, which will then share it with other state and federal agencies. (The Examiner notes that the rule “does not mention any requirement that applicants first OK the release of their PHI.”) Since income is the main criterion for subsidy eligibility, this information will almost certainly be shared with the IRS, which is also tasked with enforcing the individual mandate.

The IRS’ enforcement role is cause for grave concern even for those not buying insurance on an exchange. Americans for Tax Reform has warned that every taxpayer will have to submit a new form with his annual income-tax return to prove that he is complying with the individual mandate. “This new tax information document,” the group argues, “must, at a minimum, contain: the name and health insurance identification number of the taxpayer; the name and tax identification number of the health insurance company; the number of months the taxpayer was covered by this insurance plan; and whether or not the plan was purchased in one of Obamacare’s ‘exchanges.’” From there, it would be child’s play for an IRS agent — perhaps at the behest of the party in control of the executive branch — to obtain anyone’s medical history and use it against him.

With Americans’ PHI traveling around computer networks, it would also be relatively simple for hackers to get hold of it and employ it for their own nefarious purposes, others have cautioned.

“Hackers stole millions of medical records from the Veterans Administration, and patients were at risk for identity theft,” observed Elizabeth Lee Vliet of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. “David Blumenthal, M.D., the President’s former ‘health information czar,’ admitted that ‘no infrastructure exists in most areas of the country for secure health information exchange among providers and between providers and consumers.’”

“Free” healthcare, it appears, comes at a price: the confidentiality of one’s medical records. How many Americans will be willing to make that trade?
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Post  News Hawk on Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:05 am

Why should I be concerned about my "medical history"?

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Something You Should Know About FactCheck.org…

Post  fshnski on Tue Jun 18, 2013 5:48 am

Here’s a funny fact about FactCheck.org: Barack Obama was Chairman of The Board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge from 1995 until 2000. The Challenge had to do with reforming Chicago public schools.
But, it was funded by the same source that funds FactCheck.org: The Annenberg Foundation. If you go to FactCheck.org and look at the logo, you will see “ANNENBERG POLITICAL FACTCHECK.”
You can read all of the documentation about this connection between Obama and the Annenberg organizations on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Annenberg_Challenge
So…knowing this now…can you REALLY rely on FactCheck.org to tell you the “true” and “accurate” facts about anything regarding Obama and Joe Biden?

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Post  News Hawk on Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:23 am


President Erkel and Bill Ayers were simulataneously on the Annenberg advisory board—but they "never met".
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Re: Say Goodbye to Medical Privacy Under ObamaCare

Post  News Buzzard on Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:01 am

Nice picture! It got Barack Obama elected twice!!afro

The original post references an article in the Washington Examiner, and is wildly speculative at best. The Washington Examiner is owned by right winger, Philip Anschutz!


http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1009/28355.html

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Post  fshnski on Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:16 am

You sound like you are proud of that picture.

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Post  News Pigeon on Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:48 am

Let's just ignore the FACTS and go off on another irrelevant tangent about some guy who did something stupid in his youth....Evil or Very MadEvil or Very Mad
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Post  WHL on Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:56 pm

Oh yes, it was just his stupid youth.  He has changed now.
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Post  News Buzzard on Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:04 pm

WHL wrote:Oh yes, it was just his stupid youth.  He has changed now.







This is where you're supposed to bring the thread back to topic or lock it, Ms Moderator. The picture of Ayers is not on topic and the typical knee jerk reaction of your resident forum destroyer, and you're supposed to shut it down, not feed it. 

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Post  WHL on Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:09 pm

I think you'll find most threads stray off topic.  Some return to topic and neither do, but if the conversation keeps going, I don't have a problem with straying.  

We could do without your advice on how to run this forum.
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Post  News Buzzard on Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:12 pm

Nothing like tolerating threads staying off topic! Razz

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Post  WHL on Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:30 pm

Or contributing to keeping them off topic.Very Happy

Is this the SAME bill Ayers??http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/06/18/bill_ayers_obama_should_be_put_on_trial_for_war_crimes.html
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Post  News Hawk on Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:45 pm

1) Bill Ayers doesn't look too youthful; perhaps he's changed since marrying another domestic bomber!

2) Our resident shill doesn't like relearning of the close relationship of an unprosecuted domestic-terrorist and President Erkel.

Of course, there's more.  

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Post  Outerlimits on Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:48 pm

Somebody brought up Fact Check to make the argument the OP was not accurate. 
Somebody else pointed out Obama and Ayers served Annenberg advisory board and the association with Fact Check. 


 
Not to hard to follow the dots there.
 
What does Obama winning two elections have to do with Medical Privacy?  Oh wait…never mind.
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Post  News Buzzard on Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:02 pm

And you must have missed the post about Philip Anschutz, Outerlimits. He gives the Washington Examiner a lot of credibility! Rolling Eyes

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...Back to The Topic...?

Post  News Hawk on Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:27 pm

It didn't take scammers long to steal the IDs of Seniors in ObamaCare! Shocked

http://www.wnd.com/2013/06/scammers-use-obamacare-to-steal-seniors-ids/?cat_orig=health
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Post  News Buzzard on Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:34 pm

It's so nice to know that Obamacare is here to stay, in spite of the continuous moaning and groaning by the right. They sound like spoiled children who didn't get their way.

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Post  WHL on Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:35 pm

Just wait, NB, just wait.
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Post  News Pigeon on Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:58 pm

Wait for what?
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Post  News Pigeon on Tue Jun 18, 2013 5:04 pm

undefined wrote:
News Hawk wrote:1) Bill Ayers doesn't look too youthful; perhaps he's changed since marrying another domestic bomber!

Would you also agree that Daryl Issa hasn't changed much since his days of car theft and arson?

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Post  Anti Federalist on Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:34 pm

News Buzzard wrote:It's so nice to know that Obamacare is here to stay, in spite of the continuous moaning and groaning by the right. They sound like spoiled children who didn't get their way.

No, it's not.

Ya'll need to get up to speed on this.

Jeez, I'm the "opposition" and I know what the end game is.

RomneyCare (which it really is) or ObamaCare, if you want to call what came out of the District of Calamity, is designed to fail.

It will be gone within five years.

Replaced by "single payer" government healthcare.

AKA socialized medicine.

Which was the goal all along.
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Post  News Hawk on Sat Jun 22, 2013 2:53 am

You must be addressing the "Low-Information Voter", 'cause I've ranting about Socialized Medicine for about ten years.

Cool

We're so blessed to have President Urkel—"who's not a Socialist"...(or "a "Dictator").

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Under ObamaCare, if the premium is more than 9.5% of your income, then it’s not affordable according to HHS. You don’t have to buy it and you don’t have to pay the tax/penalty, either—but you’re still not covered.

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How does this help the country? It's going to be terrible when the IRS starts sending out collection notices to the Low-Information Voters!
 
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Post  WHL on Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:22 am

It's true, it's such a joke, with all the exemptions and qualifications. Kind of like the IRS who gives all kinds of exemptions to companies like GE, while the rest of us pay through the nose.   I don't think it will change a thing in health coverage. In fact, I think less people will be covered.  And it is also true, they wanted single payer all along.
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Post  Anti Federalist on Sat Jun 22, 2013 2:34 pm

WHL wrote:It's true, it's such a joke, with all the exemptions and qualifications. Kind of like the IRS who gives all kinds of exemptions to companies like GE, while the rest of us pay through the nose.   I don't think it will change a thing in health coverage. In fact, I think less people will be covered.  And it is also true, they wanted single payer all along.

See, this is why what we are living under is fascism, not communism or Marxism.

Nominal "private" ownership of large mega corps, tied directly to government and under heavy government control.

That is the only battle being waged right now: authoritarian communism vs. authoritarian fascism.

Freedom is dead, nobody but a handful of refuseniks and cranks cares about it anymore. (that's us)

I was asked in another forum about how to commerate freedom and independence on the 4th.

I answered: "taps".
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