Obamacare Database Keeps Personal Info “Forever”

by Alexander Hendrie | Americans for Tax Reform  |  published on June 15, 2015

In the wake of a security breach last month that resulted in the theft of personal taxpayer data, experts are now raising concerns over a government data warehouse that keeps the information of Obamacare enrollees forever.

The system, known as the Multidimensional Insurance Data Analytics System, or MIDAS is vaguely described on the federal healthcare.gov as a “perpetual central repository.” When asked by the Associated Press how many people have direct access to the database, officials refused to say.

The decision to keep the personal information of enrollees forever has raised the ire of experts. Lee Tien, a senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation stated that it is irresponsible of the government to retain data any longer than is necessary. Similarly, Michael Astrue, a former Social Security Commissioner has argued that there is no justification for keeping this data permanently. In addition, he worries that the federal government is illegally expanding MIDAS by adding personal information from state-run Obamacare exchanges without proper privacy consent.

  • John VanderKelen

    Skunk Obama is probably laughing alongside Jonathan Gruber. They may know that the website directs people who want information back to the term “Indian giver.”

  • KDC

    “the federal government is illegally expanding MIDAS by adding personal information from state-run Obamacare exchanges without proper privacy consent.” Of course they are. Everything they do is subliminal and unconstitutional. They are NOT for the people.

    • ravenwings

      why do you think they want everyone on a one payer system with it all on digital

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