Reality #4 – National Database of Your Personal Information

Buried in the text of the Minnesota Obamacare Exchange bill (MNHIX) has a tiny but controversial section allowing free-flow sharing of all data the government has on you. It also grants them access to the date “other entities” have on you. There is no limit to the agencies that can share data. There is no limit to the data that can be shared. There is no limit with whom the data may be shared. The MNHIX will sell insurance with prices and types of coverage created by using data about the very people who utilize this government system.  They’ll also use the data to monitor patients and doctors, and to coerce physician compliance with government treatment protocols.

In Sec. 8 of SF1, “state agencies shall share “not public data” with the Minnesota Insurance Marketplace if the board determines that the exchange of the data is “reasonably necessary” to “carry out the functions of the Minnesota Insurance Marketplace.” The exchange is also allowed to share “not public data” with state agencies, the federal government and “other entities,” a term that is left undefined.

The term “not public data” has a meaning in Minnesota statutes: “are any government data classified by statute, federal law, or temporary classification as confidential, private, nonpublic, or protected nonpublic.”

Once these various state agencies have shared your personal information with MNHIX, it goes to the federal government.  In Minnesota, a $41.2 million contract was signed between the state and Maximus, Inc. to establish an online link between the Minnesota exchange website and the Federal Data Services Hub, which is linked to the IRS, Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Social Security Administration, and Homeland Security. 

The federal Hub will gather all the private data together into a very detailed profile of the individual and the family. At any given moment this personal data from the state and the federal government and “other entities” (like your health plan) can be cross-referenced, linked and compiled. This includes your medical, employment, family and tax data.

What is true is that once fully implemented, as the USA Today has reported, the exchange will be “the largest consolidation of personal data in the history of the republic.”

 

Coming Tuesday: Reality #5