Did the NSA End Obamacare?

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Did ambitious NSA officials unintentionally end Obamacare years ago?

[By D. Kellus Pruitt DDS]

1-darrellpruittIf loss of trust in encryption ends Obamacare, can whistleblower Edward Snowden be blamed for that as well? Yep.

What’s even more ominous, the former National Security Agency contractor’s news that encrypted medical records are no longer secure reached Alaska on a weekend.

“Risky electronic health records: Alaska should make information exchange system safer – Imagine: The National Security Agency slips into your doctor’s office and peeks at your medical records,”

by Alaska ACLU executive director Joshua Decker was posted hours ago on Newsminer.com, out of Fairbanks.

http://www.newsminer.com/opinion/community_perspectives/risky-electronic-health-records-alaska-should-make-information-exchange-system/article_a9947eb0-1863-11e3-8153-001a4bcf6878.html

Decker questions the security of the state’s Health Information Exchange (HIE), and offers common sense but costly steps which arguably lessen the danger of privacy breaches – including giving patients the choice of “opting-in” to permit their encrypted, but increasingly vulnerable identities to be shared online via Obamacare’s exchanges.

My POV 

In my opinion, if informed Americans are given the choice of volunteering to risk identity theft, HIEs won’t be around a year from now, and neither will Obamacare. If informed Americans are not given a choice, the costs are even greater. Americans deserve honesty.

National Obamacare Hangs in the Balance

In a related, slow-burning game-changer, Obamacare hangs in the balance, not just for Alaska, but for the nation.

It was September 5th when the Guardian Weekly posted: “Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security,” written by James Ball, Julian Borger and Glenn Greenwald, and based on top secret NSA information Snowden stole.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/05/nsa-gchq-encryption-codes-security

Snowden told the Guardian that years ago, the NSA joined with the UK’s spy agency GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) to successfully make encryption obsolete – including for medical records.

Naturally, if properly informed Americans fear that secrets they tell their doctors might be breached, incorrect EHRs become less than worthless. They become dangerous.

More on Health Information Exchanges

What’s more, even before the added expense of waiting for Americans to opt-in to the exchanges – instead of discouraging them from opting-out – the very funding for the increasingly-battered Obamacare is based on a rumor of savings.

Starting years ago, health IT lobbyists, including former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, told lawmakers to expect annual savings of $77 billion and 100,000 lives – quoting the results of a once popular, EHR-friendly 2005 RAND study which was funded by General Electric and Cerner Corporation.

Obamacare

As you can see, while we were not paying attention, we were had!

The RAND Study

Predictably, both GE and Cerner profited immensely from the development and sales of EHR systems before the RAND study was widely discredited months ago – even by RAND.

According to a NY Times article from January, “Cerner’s revenue has nearly tripled since the report was released, to a projected $3 billion in 2013, from $1 billion in 2005.”

(See: “In Second Look, Few Savings From Digital Health Records by Reed Abelson and Julie Creswell, January 10, 2013).

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/11/business/electronic-records-systems-have-not-reduced-health-costs-report-says.html?_r=0

Assessment

Last weekend’s bad news for Obamacare is still under the radar, but I predict within days it will become apparent that the mounting obstacle between President Obama and healthcare reform will be in regaining trust his administration squandered while helping GE and Cerner profits at the expense of soon-to-be pissed off American patients.

Conclusion

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9 Responses

  1. Johns Hopkins and the Case of the Missing NSA Blog Post

    The university, which works closely with the NSA, says it is looking into why a professor was asked to remove his post.

    http://www.propublica.org/article/johns-hopkins-and-the-case-of-the-missing-nsa-blog-post

    Banjuma

  2. AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

    Remember, the Exchange Notices must be sent to each employee before October 1, 2013.

    http://plexuspayroll.com/welcome/hr-advisors/

    Click here to go to our Plexus website to obtain access to the “ACA Coverage Forms” which you must give to your employees whether or not you provide health coverage to them.

    Perry D’Alessio CPA

  3. A guide to the new health markets

    http://www.nbcnews.com/health/got-3-minutes-your-guide-new-health-markets-8C11287042

    Michelle Andrews
    [Kaiser Health News]

  4. How Obamacare may strain family budgets

    Many people will feel the financial burden, with an average per-person cost of at least $2,988 and tax credits limited to fewer than half of buyers.

    http://money.msn.com/now/post–how-obamacare-may-strain-family-budgets

    Narumi

  5. Claim on “Attacks Thwarted” by NSA Spreads Despite Lack of Evidence

    Darrell – The agency, President Obama and members of Congress have all said NSA spying programs have thwarted more than 50 terrorist plots.

    http://www.propublica.org/article/claim-on-attacks-thwarted-by-nsa-spreads-despite-lack-of-evidence

    But, did you know that there’s no evidence the claim is true.

    Hank

  6. Not NSA – But Loyal Obama Supporters Canceled by Obamacare

    Lee Hammack and his wife JoEllen Brothers thought they had a great insurance plan.

    http://www.propublica.org/article/loyal-obama-supporters-canceled-by-obamacare?utm_source=et&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailynewsletter

    Now, their cost is more than doubling to $1,300 a month, with higher out-of-pocket costs.

    Dr. Richter

  7. ProPublica Motion Seeks Release of Court Rulings on NSA Spying

    ProPublica just filed a motion in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court seeking the release of various court opinions that provide the judicial rationale for the federal government’s secret collection of telephone metadata.

    http://www.propublica.org/atpropublica/item/propublica-motion-seeks-release-of-court-rulings-on-nsa-spying?utm_source=et&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailynewsletter

    Hope R. Hetico RN MHA

  8. The New NSA Ruling

    A Federal judge just said that the NSA program appears to violate the US Constitution.

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/16/21925625-federal-judge-says-nsa-program-appears-to-violate-constitution?lite

    Any thoughts?

    Mitchell

  9. Four Questionable Claims Obama Has Made on NSA Surveillance

    President Obama, while delivering a speech on surveillance policy on January 17 2014, made a series of misleading statements about the NSA?

    http://www.propublica.org/article/four-questionable-claims-obama-has-made-on-nsa-surveillance?utm_source=et&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailynewsletter

    So, did he really; or not?

    Ann Miller RN MHA

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