James Robbins: Obamacare 'Very Bad' for Personal Privacy

Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 05:30 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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The Affordable Care Act will allow Americans’ private and classified information to be accessed by "anybody who wants to find out everything about you," according to James Robbins, a senior fellow in National Security Affairs at the American Foreign Policy Council.

"It’s very bad … All of your medical records will be digitized and put into the data hub," Robbins told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"The data hub … will contain information from across about seven different federal government agencies, plus some state agencies, plus third party private groups like credit bureaus.

"All of this information put in one place will be given to tens of thousands of contractors and community organizers and people like that ostensibly to help you navigate Obamacare but in fact, who knows what they’re going to do with it."

In addition, Robbins said, financial information from the IRS, social security numbers, and other sensitive information will be put into the system.

"If you have an incarceration record … your immigration status, and other things the government might want to collect. It'll all be put in one place so anybody who wants to find out everything about you can just do one-stop shopping," he said.

Robbins, deputy editor of "Rare," and a member of USA Today's board of contributors, said he is wary of promises by the Department of Health and Human Services that the data hub will be secure and safe from hackers.

"If the Department of Defense and National Security Agency can't keep a handle on their information, I seriously doubt that Health and Human Services is going to somehow have the magic wand that will keep this all safe," he said.

"In any case I'm not so much concerned about a hacker getting hold of it, I'm concerned about the people who use it day to day, these community organizer types and people from nonprofit groups and contractors that they hire.

"They say they'll be given training and stuff, but come on!"

Robbins, who served as a special assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense under Donald Rumsfeld, said the data hub is becoming of increasing concern to lawmakers.

"People in Congress are starting to ask the same questions that you and I have just been asking, like do we really want to have this?" he said.

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