Friday, October 4, 2013

It's embarrassing and shameful

Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca 

There is absolutely zero chance that ObamaCare will be repealed while Democrats control the Senate and President Obama is in the White House.
Juan Williams

McAfee ripped ObamaCare’s technological arrangement and worried that all of its huge moving parts will make it a perfect environment for hackers to steal Americans’ identities, personal information, and money.

Oh, it’s seriously bad. Somebody made a grave error, not in designing the program but in simply implementing the web aspect of it. For example, anybody can put up a web page and claim to be a broker for this system. There is no central place where I can go and say, OK, here are all the legitimate brokers, the examiners for all of the states, and pick and choose one. Instead, any hacker can put a website up, make it look extremely competitive, and because of the nature of the system — this is health care, after all — they can ask you the most intimate questions, and you’re freely going to answer them. What’s my Social Security number? My birth date? … Here’s the problem. It’s not something software can solve. I mean, what idiot put this system out there and did not create a central depository? There should be one website, run by the government, you go to that website and then you can click on all of the agencies. This is insane. So, I will predict that the loss of income for the millions of Americans who are going to lose their identities — I mean, you can imagine some retired lady in Utah, who’s $75,000 dollars in the bank, saving her whole life — having it wiped out one day because she signed up for ObamaCare. And believe me, this is going to happen millions of times. This is a hacker’s wet dream. I cannot believe that they did this. … ObamaCare itself is the loosest of all. You can imagine the type of information: Medical records, personal issues, psychological issues. I mean, the government’s going to know everything in the world about everyone very soon.

…critics on the right have gone so far as to call the hub “a hacker’s dream.” So, just how vulnerable is it?

It’s hard to say for sure, but “hacker’s dream” is surely an overstatement. A hacker’s dream, one imagines, would involve a single, centralized database of loosely guarded, sensitive information. The data hub, in contrast, was built expressly to avoid retaining or storing people’s data, as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services explained in a fact sheet earlier this month. Instead, the hub is meant to function more like a switchboard or routing tool, shuttling information securely between the marketplace sites and the federal agencies. The point is to avoid having to connect each state marketplace separately to the federal databases, which would be, if not a hacker’s dream, certainly an IT security person’s nightmare.

Christopher Rasmussen, a policy analyst for the nonprofit Center for Democracy and Technology, compares the data hub to a traffic circle, with information coming in from various spokes and leaving through others, but not lingering in a central location. “It’s not like a parking lot,” he says. “It’s just a pass-through.”

In my opinion, the government has no business getting involved in allocating scarce resources no matter how emotional the business. Doctoring will soon become just like the Post Office – losing money from 9-5 weekdays.
Obamacare was a bill filled with pork. It was thousands of pages piecemealed together and voted on by people who hadn't read it.

The total rules and regulations approach nearly 17,000 pages. Reading about a page a minute, you would need nearly seven weeks of reading 40 hours a week (without a lunch break) to get through it all.

Like I said, it's embarrassing and shameful, no matter your party affiliations. At least for now, the government is shut down.

Dr. David Eifrig

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