Friday, August 28, 2009

So Much for Your Privacy!

Why Is the IRS In Your Healthcare?
HR 3200 has several sections that detail how and why the IRS becomes part of your healthcare! The following examples provide you the details...

  • Example 1: In section 431(a) it says that the IRS must divulge taxpayer information as prescribed by regulation. This includes, filing status, gross income, number of dependents and other personal information.

    Who gets this information? The new Health Choices Commissioner and State health programs. They use this information to determine who qualifies for "affordability credits".

  • Example 2:
    In section 245 (b)(2)(a) it says that the IRS must divulge your tax return details. Not much detail here except that the Health Choices Commissioner gets this info to verify your "affordability credits".

  • Example 3:
    In section 1801 (a) it says that the Social Security Administration also can obtain tax return data on anyone eligible for a "low income prescription drug subsidy" but has not applied for it.

Warm and Comfy?
Gee, doesn't that make you feel good? The IRS and Social Security agencies will be swapping and sharing your personal information in a government computer system, probably created by GE. No need to worry about hackers.

So how many thousands of government employees will have access to your personal information? God only knows. Equally important - How many employees will have access to your personal medical records? Say goodbye to your privacy!!

Where will this legislation draw the line? How secure will our information be? Who will have access to it? Won't this increase the chance of fraud?

Action To Take
Attend a Town Meeting. Ask these questions! Get the answers.

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