As you know, millions of people are losing their health care benefits as a result of Obama care in direct contradiction to the president's promises to the contrary. We also now know that he and his party knew three years ago that this would happen. Indeed, every Democrat in the Senate voted against a provision that would have prevented the loss of these healthcare plans that the government now calls "inadequate."
None of this should be a surprise. In a way, it is a campaign promise kept, as Barack Obama always stated that he preferred a single-payer system. This means doing away with the private insurance industry in favor of a government run healthcare system.
Citizens are now discovering multiple hidden costs associated with Obama care. Besides the 21 new taxes, millions of people losing their healthcare plans, the loss of doctors and clinics, layoffs of nurses, potential closures of hospitals, etc., there is perhaps a more sinister hidden danger: You may lose your privacy forever.
The six lucky people who successfully got through the Healthcare.gov website on the first day to sign up for their own Obama care plan were forced first to surrender their personally identifiable information, including their income, date of birth, and Social Security number. There was a waiver hidden deep in the source code on the website that stated, "You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system."
This information was quickly shared with other government agencies, including the Social Security Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, and Homeland Security. In addition to hackers, if you sign up for a healthcare plan through Obama care exchanges, you should be concerned about government agencies passing around your private information.
Keep in mind, too, that this website, which was made at great expense by a Canadian company headed by one of Michelle Obama's classmates at Princeton, was not tested prior to the disastrous rollout. Experts note that it is fraught with danger.
The alternative to signing up by the website is a paper application. While we were sleeping, our government contracted with SERCO, a British company, with a $1.25 billion contract to oversee Obama care, including the paper applications. This British company is being prosecuted for massive fraud perpetrated against the British government to the tune of $80 million. It seems that when they did similar work for the British government, one out of every six charges sent to that government by SERCO was for someone who was dead or out of the country. Yes, this is the company that will oversee your paper application. They are known crooks. And, your tax dollars have been pledged to support them.
My conclusion after looking at the facts is that perhaps the greatest hidden danger in Obama care is data mining from us by a government we cannot trust and executed by agents who are known criminals. Do you want to surrender your privacy?
If personal privacy is important to you, or if you are uncomfortable surrendering your Social Security number, date of birth, address, and income information to strangers whose motives you cannot know or trust, you are probably better off without Obama care. In the words of Nancy Reagan, "Just say no." You might be better off keeping your privacy and rejecting government healthcare.
- Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC