Skip to comments.Rep. Barton: Obamacare 'Running Over' Privacy Rights
Posted on 10/26/2013 7:13:04 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Rep. Joe Barton accused the Obama administration Friday of "running over" the privacy rights of individuals by using hidden codes in the HealthCare.gov website.
"The Obama administration is hiding that they're running over your privacy rights," the Texas Republican said on Fox News' "America's Newsroom."
"The law, specifically designed to protect your medical privacy, HIPAA, in my mind is being violated under this law," he added, referring to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
The Texas Republican made the same charge at Thursday's House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the problems with the Obamacare enrollment website, which requests personal information from people who are registering.
At one point, Rep. Frank Pallone, a New Jersey Democrat, engaged Barton in a heated exchange, telling him that he was wrong to raise HIPAA privacy concerns. Pallone said the law is "not in play here today" because Obamacare prohibits questions about pre-existing medical conditions and because insurance companies will be banned from denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions beginning in January.
But Barton insisted to Fox News that the enrollment questionnaire "does ask medical questions."
"It does ask a woman if you're pregnant, if you have any mental, physical, or emotional condition that would preclude any activity. Asks if you're a smoker. And, of course, it has your Social Security number," Barton said.
"It also asks if you have any health insurance. And if you do, what your policy number is and what your company is. So there's all kinds of health information asked," Barton added.
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Ya think this is by design? Duh!
I was just going to say, “ya think?”
HIPPAA is most definitely being violated and they should be sued
FUJB. You have been there too long. You are the problem. Leave now.