Obamacare Grants Could Give Groups Like Planned Parenthood Your Personal Data

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I don’t have a copy of the letter yet – I’ve asked Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office for it and they’re going to forward a copy later today hopefully – but according to this report the North Dakota AG and 12 others have sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius voicing concerns over privacy issues in Obamacare:

In their eight-page letter, the 13 attorneys general call the privacy protections — written into HHS’s rules governing programs that assist consumers with enrolling in the new exchanges created as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — “woefully inadequate.”

They say people collecting information will be placed in positions of trust and will have access to a wide variety of personal information from consumers.

The attorneys general argue that HHS must implement “on-the-ground plans” to secure consumer information, follow up on complaints and work with law enforcement to prosecute bad counselors.

“It is not enough to simply adopt vague policies against fraud,” Morrisey said in a statement Aug. 14. “There are significant holes in the rules HHS has implemented already. We are very concerned about the risk of identity theft if those holes aren’t addressed immediately or if the implementation of health care exchanges isn’t delayed to allow for better regulations, more training for consumer outreach programs and better fraud prevention.

“In the rush to push forward, the Administration is leaving consumers in West Virginia and the rest of the country behind.”

The bone of contention is over grants for so-called “navigators” who are supposed to help guide Americans into Obamacare enrollment. North Dakota groups, specifically, are getting $600,000 in navigator grants.

But here’s the thing: These groups are private groups, but in getting a grant will have significant access to consumers’ private and personal data.

The attorneys general who signed this letter think that’s a big deal, and for good reason. Consider this: In Montana, Iowa and New Hampshire the pro-abortion advocacy group Planned Parenthood will be getting these navigator grants.

Regardless of where you stand on the issue of abortion, do you think pro-life advocates want Planned Parenthood to have their personal data?

This is just another reason why Obamacare has to go.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • toomuchguvmint

    What an evil combination – IRS, planned parenthood, and obamacare. – all which have a record of being politically active – all of which do not need any more of our personal information.

  • henrycat

    Another instance of how the Obama Administration is skirting the law to advance their own agenda….. Example…. How is your most private information regarding your health no longer subject to the HIPAA law which protects you from such an intrusion. Almost every time you go to the Doctor, you sign a paper which prevents disclosure to anyone except the ones you select. This is another thread pulled out of the Constitutions fabric….

    • JoeMN

      If Planned Parenthood has access to your medical records, isn’t this exactly the “invasion of privacy” they accuse their detractors of ?

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

    Why, I am not getting an abortion and either is my wife.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      They want to help you enroll in Obamacare.

  • matthew_bosch

    This is the result of “Passing the bill to figure out what is in it.”

    Why should Washington DC care? They were made exempt from this monstrosity of government subsidized misery by a President who can apparently alter the law and only enforce parts that please him and his mindless ideologues.

    This is what we have become. All the bad qualities of Government and Politics turbocharged by a man who advocated “Change.”

  • WOOF

    States spitefully cut off their noses
    refusing to set up exchanges.
    The rhinoplasty begins.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I think the privacy concerns, along with a myriad of other reasons, is an excellent justification for the states to avoid the exchanges.

      • jack1

        Rob:

        Every study shows that insurance exchanges lower costs and improves care. They allow consumers to make informed decisions. Why do you teabaggers care more about insurance company profits than your own healthcare? Seems weird to me.

        Every study shows over over that the more TRUE things people know about Obamacare, the better they like it. Yet teabaggers insist on clinging to lies like “death panels.” Why is that?

    • henrycat

      Right……. the States could blindly just go ahead and set up the exchanges so that they would find out whats in Obamacare, away from the “fog of the controversy.”

    • tony_o2

      Which makes one wonder how Obamacare passed if the States don’t want to participate. I thought the Federal government was supposed to represent, not rule, the States….

      • WOOF

        The Confederacy surrendered Tony.

        • yy4u2

          Like Lincoln, Obama will kill untold numbers of Americans to have his way and not what the Constitution allows. Surrender by military force is not a great moment in American freedom.

        • jack1

          Teabaggers are still dedicated to slavery and Jim Crow. Look at yy4u2’s comment below.

  • WOOF

    Privacy left with your “personal” data 9/12/01.
    Data is being shared like BOGO free pizzas.

    • tony_o2

      Government agencies sharing our personal data with each other is not a good argument for giving a private company our information. How would you feel if some Wall St. firm had access to a government database of all your financials?

      • WOOF

        You mean like the credit agencys.

        • LenYol

          Are you saying that Equifax, Experian and Transunion are federal?

        • tony_o2

          The credit agencies gather their information from creditors. The Federal government doesn’t supply them our full employment history, tax history, cash deposits, and cash transactions.

  • sbark

    I wonder if Sen. Hoevan is still simply basically voting “present” on the defunding of O-Care?…..after revalation and facts come out daily on what a scourge on humanity this bill will be.

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