ObamaCare Accounts: Anything You Say Can and Will be Used Against You

The other night on Jon Stewart’s TV show HHS Sec. Sebelius was asked how many people have actually enrolled for ObamaCare. She answered (@ 1:10) :

“Fully enrolled, I can’t tell you, because I don’t know. We are taking applications on the web, on the phone, we’ll be giving monthly reports, but I can tell you we’ve had not only lots of web hits, hundreds of thousands of accounts created” (10/8).

Last night on FNC’s Hannity FOX anchor Ainsley Earhardt was in the background with Sean checking in on her progress (she had been trying for days) on the ObamaCare exchange site (for South Carolina, her home state). Once in, after a couple of ‘click here’ prompts, she discovered she had to fill out lots of personal information pages, i.e., create an account, as Sebelius mentioned above.

People cannot just get on the exchange sites to browse the coverage plans and shop around without giving a plethora of personal information/data by creating an account on the site. Were else do you have to turn-over this sort of personal data/information before even shopping for something??? Are you opening your eyes and understanding this yet? Data mining…

From the Weekly Standard: Obamacare Marketplace: Personal Data Can Be Used For ‘Law Enforcement and Audit Activities’

Maryland’s Health Connection, the state’s Obamacare marketplace, has been plagued by delays in the first days of open enrollment.  If users are able to endure long page-loading delays, they are presented with the website’s privacy policy, a ubiquitous fine-print feature on websites that often go unread. Nevertheless, users are asked to check off a box that they agree to the terms.

The policy contains many standard statements about information automatically collected regarding Internet browsers and IP addresses, temporary “cookies” used by the site, and website accessibility.  However, at least two conditions may give some users pause before proceeding.

The first is regarding personal information submitted with an application for those users who follow through on the sign up process all the way to the end.  The policy states that all information to help in applying for coverage and even for making a payment will be kept strictly confidential and only be used to carry out the function of the marketplace.  There is, however, an exception: “[W]e may share information provided in your application with the appropriate authorities for law enforcement and audit activities.”  Here is the entire paragraph from the policy the includes the exception [emphasis added]:

Should you decide to apply for health coverage through Maryland Health Connection, the information you supply in your application will be used to determine whether you are eligible for health and dental coverage offered through Maryland Health Connection and for insurance affordability programs. It also may be used to assist you in making a payment for the insurance plan you select, and for related automated reminders or other activities permitted by law.  We will preserve the privacy of personal records and protect confidential or privileged information in full accordance with federal and State law. We will not sell your information to others.  Any information that you provide to us in your application will be used only to carry out the functions of Maryland Health Connection. The only exception to this policy is that we may share information provided in your application with the appropriate authorities for law enforcement and audit activities.

The site does not specify if “appropriate authorities” refers only to state authorities or if it could include the federal government, as well.  Neither is there any detail on what type of law enforcement and/or audit activities would justify the release of the personal information, or who exactly is authorized to make such a determination.  An email to the Maryland Health Connection’s media contact seeking clarification has not yet been answered


If you send us an e-mail, we use the information you send us to respond to your inquiry. E-mail correspondence may become a public record. As a public record, your correspondence could be disclosed to other parties upon their request in accordance with Maryland’s Public Information Act.

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In addition, the ObamaCare navigators raise identity theft risks.

Some other things to consider when going to the ObamaCare exchange sites:

Obamacare site hits reset button on passwords as contractors scramble

Credit scores impact new Affordable Care Act insurance plans

What did they know, and when did they know it?

The know-it-all White House was warned for months of ObamaCare exchange debacle.

MORE: “Why the Reviled Tea Party Was Right about Obamacare”

ObamaCare: See What’s In It?

Kathleen Sebelius

No privacy. Death panels. Congress exempt. Pro-ObamaCare unions and federal workers hate it for themselves, but the rest of us can have it. It’s all good…

1) “Obamacare will question your sex life”

2) “Government Seeking Inclusion of ‘Social and Behavioral’ Data in Health Records: Experts worry about security, use of such information”

No worries … Right?

3) “Obamacare Employee Accidentally Sends Out 2,400 Social Security Numbers”

4) They aren’t fooling anybody: Mass confusion, serious doubts, and strong opposition from “We The People” as we “see what’s in it”

5) “USA TODAY/Pew poll: Health care law faces difficult future”

6) “Congress’s Exemption from Obamacare: Make Congress get insurance the same way the little people do? Hill denizens howl in fury.”

7) “Reid defends Obamacare exemption for Congress: ‘That’s what the law says’”

8) “92% of Federal employees say ‘Hell, NO!’ to ObamaCare”

9) “Administration rejects labor’s request for ObamaCare fix”

10) “Obamacare D-Day becomes a soft launch”

Breeding the Low Information Voter

I had a conversation with the parent of one of my rec league basketball team kids last week that was rather insightful, and (in my opinion) indicative of the larger problem facing this country today.

We were having a team meeting after a particularly disheartening loss, and the kids were every bit as frustrated as the coaching staff, so I opted to give them some private time to go work some things out by themselves.

As I sat and watched them get into a couple of agitated discussions, one of the parents approached me and asked what was going on.

“They’re having a team meeting” – I replied. “They’ll be done in a few minutes.”

“Why are they having a team meeting?” – asked the parent.

“They’re working out some issues and trying to figure out why they lost.” – I replied.

This is when the conversation took a hard left turn for me.

“Why does that matter?” – The parent asked. “They’re here to learn and to have fun. Isn’t that why you’re here?”

“No, I am here to win games.”

“That’s silly, you should be happy that you all had fun, and that the kids learned something.”

“They just lost a game to an inferior team.” – I replied, a bit annoyed at this point, then I pointed to the kids. “Does that look like a bunch of kids who just had fun?”

The parent looked at me and made some kind of a comment about my not needing to get angry about the whole thing, then walked away.

I guess I must be a relic from a past era when winning was far more important than showing up and trying, and when performance, not participation, was rewarded. In my rec league everyone gets a trophy, even the players that never showed up for the games, so at this point just simply showing interest in perhaps actually participating in the sport gets you an award.

To me that considerably cheapens the first-place team’s achievement.

Michele Malkin is developing a series of articles exposing the Federal government’s “Common Core State Standards Initiative”, for what is is…a means to “breed’ low-information voters via the creation of no-knowledge students. It’s well worth the read, whether you are a parent with children in the public school system, or simply a befuddled citizen wondering what’s happened to the nation.

America’s downfall doesn’t begin with the “low-information voter.” It starts with the no-knowledge student.

For decades, collectivist agitators in our schools have chipped away at academic excellence in the name of fairness, diversity and social justice. “Progressive” reformers denounced Western civilization requirements, the Founding Fathers and the Great Books as racist. They attacked traditional grammar classes as irrelevant in modern life. They deemed ability grouping of students (tracking) bad for self-esteem. They replaced time-tested rote techniques and standard algorithms with fuzzy math, inventive spelling and multicultural claptrap.

Under President Obama, these top-down mal-formers — empowered by Washington education bureaucrats and backed by misguided liberal philanthropists led by billionaire Bill Gates — are now presiding over a radical makeover of your children’s school curriculum. It’s being done in the name of federal “Common Core” standards that do anything but raise achievement standards.

Common Core was enabled by Obama’s federal stimulus law and his Department of Education’s “Race to the Top” gimmickry. The administration bribed cash-starved states into adopting unseen instructional standards as a condition of winning billions of dollars in grants. Even states that lost their bids for Race to the Top money were required to commit to a dumbed-down and amorphous curricular “alignment.”

In practice, Common Core’s dubious “college- and career”-ready standards undermine local control of education, usurp state autonomy over curricular materials, and foist untested, mediocre and incoherent pedagogical theories on America’s schoolchildren.

You may wonder how this has anything to do with rec league basketball, and may be I am reading far too much into it, but as I read Malkin’s column, I understand the government’s goal here: to make it appear that our children are performing better in school by lowering the standards of teaching.

Malkin goes on:

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