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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.