ObamaCare Scare Tactics
Someone just pointed me to this
scare piece at Weekly Standard. The author, Jerry Bier is concerned that "Personal Data Can Be Used For ‘Law Enforcement and Audit Activities’". Or as he quotes from state of Maryland:
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.
Yes, Jerry. If you apply for a monetary subsidy they are going to check your stated income
on the application against 1099 records from the IRS. Kind of like the IRS does with 1099's and stock sale data. And yes, that involves, gasp, auditing!
Or does Jerry want peple to be able to cheat the system at will with no reprecussions? Jerry, in case you haven't been through the process yet it is pretty simple. Name, social, marital status, dependents. Are you disabled ? (more money to you!) And if, and only if, you want a subsidy the name of your employer and your most recent three months of income. Earth shattering stuff.
Jerry is also concerned about email. Per Maryland:
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.
Then Jerry, who is most alarmed:
Since emails to the marketplace could conceivably involve private matters regarding finances, health history, and other sensitive issues, the fact that such information could be made part of the "public record" could prevent users from being as free with their information than they might otherwise be.
Jerry, have you used any health care in the past decade? Did anyone
ever communicate with you via e-mail about anything involving personal medical or financial information? That is all done by phone, letter or secure website
Oy vey. It is one thing to have issues with the fundamental idea of ObamaCare/nationalized medical care. It is entirely another to do this type of scare "reporting". But then again, it is October. Boo!
Hope I didn't scare you Jer.