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9/11

Every year on this date I wake up with a feeling of sadness. I watch the news with dread. I remember thinking, at first, that it was a viral trailer for an action movie. Then tears, sobbing, and anger.

We must never forget, but we must also move forward. We cannot give those who perpetrated this cowardly act of terror the satisfaction of knowing that they accomplished their insidious goal.

Always remember, never forget.

CNN Anchor Challenges Congresswoman To Substantiate Obamacare Criticism, Hilarity Ensues | ThinkProgress

CNN Anchor Challenges Congresswoman To Substantiate Obamacare Criticism, Hilarity Ensues | ThinkProgress.

I think the GOP is on a desperate hunt, still trying to win in the eyes of the public. They are doing no good for the country, only themselves. This is a contest, about them winning, not about doing good for the American people.

That being said, I think the reverse is also becoming true about the Democrats. They are no on the attack, beating the loser while they are down.

This is an example of just that. Try listening to this broadcast with an open mind, and putting aside vehement bias to a winner or loser.

What the Anchor states is true. The website doesn’t ask for any information that is covered by HIPAA. However, HIPAA goes deeper than the surface than the Anchor scratched.

The Congresswoman, is visibly flustered and on the defensive from the very start of the clip. If she had been calm, she may have better stated and explained what I believe her concern is: Data security and privacy by the third parties who are handling the website transactions, and the data warehouses that the information will be stored in.

Having worked in IT for over 20 years, most recently as a document data coordinator for a mortgage servicing company, I understand her concerns.

We dealt with hundreds of thousands of documents containing credit card numbers, financial information, social security numbers, and much, much more information that could easily be taken and destroy the life of a person or family. Daily. 7 million documents, over 2 terabytes of personal data. At one time I had an entire 2 terabyte portable drive on my desk here at home that may have contained YOUR information. You, the reader.

HIPAA covers the data that will be transferred between insurance providers, third party billing services, and medical institutions/professionals. This information will most likely go through a central clearing house for routing.

This is a valid concern, although not as dramatic and trumped up as the GOP are making it out to be. They are making a mountain out of a molehill in order to use this as a tool to win, rather than actually being concerned about the privacy of our data.

It needs to be said that while we are correct in the fact that they are currently doing the country more harm than good in a desperate witch hunt for ways to win, the other side needs to still think before acting out in the same erroneous manner as the GOP.

Or, here is a thought: Why not drop the partisanship and do what is good for the American people? For the country as a whole? Not just use that excuse as a tool to curry favor.

Same-sex couple first to marry in Erie County with state license (VIDEO) | GoErie.com/Erie Times-News

I, being a hetero redneck with a family, am honestly happy for the both of them. No one should be told who they can love or denied the chance to make a lifelong bond to the one they have chosen. No one should judge, but instead should accept the fact the people are different. I hope they will both be happy and feel the satisfaction of commitment thatthey have so long desired. read more by clicking the link below

Same-sex couple first to marry in Erie County with state license (VIDEO) | GoErie.com/Erie Times-News.