In a congressional hearing Thursday, answers given by contractors responsible for the ObamaCare federal exchange websites revealed users face an additional hidden cost, if they attempt to enroll: loss of privacy.
Moreover, the fact that you are giving up your right to privacy is hidden in source code that reads, “You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication of any data transmitted or stored on this information system.”
That’s right. Although the American people have been repeatedly assured that the system is HIPAA compliant and covered under strict regulations governing privacy of medical and personal information, just attempting to enroll requires users to divulge personal information that will not be private.
Not only do users give up the privacy of their information, the warning statement to that effect is hidden in the code of the website. Cheryl Cambell, Senior VP of CGI Federal, the company contracted to build the website, suggested under questioning that the warning notice was in compliance with guidelines set out under their contract by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Who, then, is responsible for this breach of privacy and for trying to hide it?
Note: HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.
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