Covered California Provides Consumer Information Without Permission

Hey, why? It’s not as if President Obama and his team haven’t arbitrarily changed “It’s The Law” on a whim and gotten away with it

(LA Times) Raising concerns about consumer privacy, California’s health exchange has given insurance agents the names and contact information for tens of thousands of people who went online to check out coverage but didn’t ask to be contacted.

The Covered California exchange said it started handing out this consumer information this week as part of a pilot program to help people enroll ahead of a Dec. 23 deadline to have health insurance in place by Jan. 1.

I bet that they’re just trying to help, as Liberals so often want to do, and helping is more important than the pesky law, right?

State officials said they are only trying to help potential customers find insurance and sign up in time. But some insurance brokers and consumers who were contacted said they were astonished by the state’s move.

Try this in the public sector, including California, and see how fast you and your company get a visit from The Government, with potential civil and criminal penalties staring you in the face. But, this is The Government, and considering the amount of spying the federal government does on its own citizens, CoveredCa giving name, address, phone, and email info is a drop in the bucket. Don’t you understand, you stupid people who think the law matters, that they’re just Trying To Help? Sheesh!

Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, acknowledged that these consumers did not ask to be contacted by the state or its certified insurance agents. But he said the outreach program still complies with privacy laws and it was reviewed by the exchange’s legal counsel.

“I can imagine some people may be upset,” Lee said in an interview Friday. “But I can see a lot of people will be comforted and relieved at getting the help they need to navigate a confusing process.”

Well, OK, people might be comforted, so, everything’s just hunky dory. It’s not like people had concerns over privacy going all the way back to before Obamacare was passed or something.

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Comment by Marc
2013-12-08 12:58:44

Excuses can always be found to justify whatever they choose to do “for your own good”.

 

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