August 16, 2022

The Next Threat to Your Privacy

Who has access to your Social Security number, your bank information, and your tax records?

1984When Obamacareā€™s health insurance exchanges open, your data could be exposed to shysters and hackers, thanks to serious vulnerabilities in the system.

The exchanges are scheduled to open on October 1 (just 53 days away). But the list of implementation failures keeps growing, and the security of Americansā€™ data is threatened.

THREAT #1: Obamacare ā€œNavigatorsā€Navigators are a group of people and organizations that are going to be facilitating signups for Obamacareā€™s insurance exchanges.

  • Example: Planned Parenthood has applied for navigator grants to work with consumers.
  • Danger: HHS will not require navigators to undergo ā€œminimum eligibility criteria and background checks.ā€ The Administrationā€™s training program does not require navigators to participate in anti-fraud classes. And many states do not have plans for investigating unscrupulous navigators who may attempt to prey on vulnerable and unsuspecting Americans. Even Californiaā€™s Democratic insurance commissionerā€”a strong supporter of Obamacareā€”admitted ā€œwe can have a real disaster on our handsā€ if scam artists posing as navigators get access to applicantsā€™ Social Security numbers, bank accounts, and other personal information.

THREAT #2: Obamacareā€™s Data HubThe data hub is a massive compilation of tax filings, Social Security reports, and other government data that will be used to determine eligibility for subsidized insurance.

  • Insecure? The hub isnā€™t scheduled to be certified as secure until September 30ā€”only one day before the exchanges open for business.
  • Cutting Corners: The HHS inspector general recently released a report highlighting major delays in implementation of Obamacareā€™s data hub. The report amplifies what former HHS officials have been saying for months: The Administration has been cutting corners on data privacy for the exchanges, raising major questions about whether the data on the hub can be certified as secureā€”or whether Obamacare will place Americansā€™ tax and other personal information at risk.

The Obama Administrationā€™s shoddy, slapdash approach to Obamacare implementation is placing the sensitive personal data of millions of Americans at risk. Itā€™s one more reason why Congress should refuse to spend a single dime implementing this unfair, unworkable, and unpopular law.