Do You Know What the ObamaCare Data Hub Is?

HHS said the ObamaCare data hub will “interact” with seven other federal agencies: Social Security Administration, the IRS, the Department of Homeland Security, the Veterans Administration, Office of Personnel Management, the Department of Defense and — believe it or not — the Peace Corps. Plus the Hub will plug into state Medicaid databases.

And what sort of data will be “routed through” the Hub? Social Security numbers, income, family size, citizenship and immigration status, incarceration status, and enrollment status in other health plans, according to the HHS.

“The federal government is planning to quietly enact what could be the largest consolidation of personal data in the history of the republic,” noted Stephen Parente, a University of Minnesota finance professor…

[A] regulatory notice filed by the administration in February [filing]…describes a new “system of records” that will store names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, taxpayer status, gender, ethnicity, email addresses, telephone numbers on the millions of people expected to apply for coverage at the ObamaCare exchanges, as well as “tax return information from the IRS, income information from the Social Security Administration, and financial information from other third-party sources.”

Source: John Merline, Investor’s Business Daily. But see my post on why this may never work.

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  1. Tony says:

    Privacy does not seem to be a policy of the US government.

    • Samuel says:

      Especially since post WWII, has it ever really been? Now it’s just getting way easier through technology.

    • Nigel says:

      Is privacy really a right though? Do we have the right to be outraged over this?

      • Samuel says:

        We should go back to our hunting and gathering times. Survival of the fittest. Right? Or is that an extreme? If so, how can we not expect any entity to practice some overreach? It’s human nature. We gave up true privacy a long time in history. We depend on this entity we call government for so many things, yet we don’t want to and find lots of conflict in doing so. So let’s be true to ourselves and think deeply about what it is we want.

  2. Ralph says:

    I question the competency of the government to be able to aggregate and code that much data. Certainly they have the technological ability, however, I feel that there is simply to much for any of it to be of significance.

    • Miguel says:

      Idk, I think the U.S. government could have the infrastructure to be able to compile the data, they do it with taxes in IRS, I mean..sure there is tax evasion, but for the most part they have all of the data.

  3. Tommy says:

    This is troublesome. First you have deem government as inefficient with IT because there has been very little evidence of government being efficient in this regard. Secondly, this prompts more questions about privacy.

    • Nigel says:

      Privacy is not a right. Unless it is agree’d by society to be a right (aka a Civil Right), to argue it is a natural right is impossible.

      • Samuel says:

        Where did he say anything about natural rights? From what I read, his main point was about government inefficiency with technology.

  4. Miguel says:

    Is this really a surprise? How else would the ACA program be able to operate functionally. We have basically no privacy with NSA surveillance, why is this a big deal. The government already has access to our SS numbers, income, immigration status, previous criminal activity, and our family size through social security, IRS, ICE/CBE, and the justice system itself. What is the huge deal?

  5. Don Levit says:

    Your privacy is lessened due to the availability of government subsidies.
    The hub is merely a way to streamline the process so that only those truly qualifying for subsidies will receive them.
    Privacy is a separate and distinct matter to the accuracy of information.
    Don Levit

  6. domecia says:

    We live in a day and time where identity theft is a big issue.I have several question regarding this data hub. Will they be able to disclose this information to any insurance agency. Will I be notified when my information is disclosed. Who all will have access to this data hub.