Thursday, August 27, 2009


By whatever title, the current Health Care Bill has some really frightening sections from the standpoint of Privacy. Remember how up in arms the Liberal Dems where about the NSA wiretapping?

But in the present Public Option Health Care Bill there is no outcry, but the requirements for Privacy invasion are much greater. Instead of someone who MIGHT be accessing you library card info, reading your email, listening to your cell phone etc, this bill contains MUST do accessing and storing Income Tax Records, Social Security Information, Health Information Records (Doctor, Clinic, Hospital and all other Medical Information) in some bureau of the Federal Government headed by the Health Choices Commissioner. This is a REQUIREMENT. And the information will be shared with State and Local Governments. How safe is your VERY PRIVATE INFORMATION when every politician, Government Worker and who knows who else has this information at their computer?

Democratic Health Care Bill Divulges IRS Tax Data is from CBS News and contains these paragraphs.
Section 431(a) of the bill says that the IRS must divulge taxpayer identity information, including the filing status, the modified adjusted gross income, the number of dependents, and "other information as is prescribed by" regulation. That information will be provided to the new Health Choices Commissioner and state health programs and used to determine who qualifies for "affordability credits."
And this.
Section 245(b)(2)(A) says the IRS must divulge tax return details -- there's no specified limit on what's available or unavailable -- to the Health Choices Commissioner. The purpose, again, is to verify "affordability credits."
Another section says this.
Section 1801(a) says that the Social Security Administration can obtain tax return data on anyone who may be eligible for a "low-income prescription drug subsidy" but has not applied for it.
This Legislation is 1000+ pages what else is hidden therein?
Why no outcry about Privacy Invasion from the Liberal Dems? Ask Them, Please. Go to Town Hall meetings and ask questions.

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