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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