Without permission California’s Obamacare exchange distributed the contact information of tens of thousands of people who had visited their website.


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O joy. Without permission California’s Obamacare exchange distributed the contact information of tens of thousands of people who had visited their website.

I love this quote from the guy in charge:

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.”

To be so cavalier about handing out people’s contact information without permission suggests that they are likely to be as cavalier about poking into people’s confidential medical information without permission.

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7 comments

  • D. K. Williams

    Mr. Lee will go far in government service.

  • steve mackelpprang

    Those who love big brother see no harm in sharing the benevolence.

  • Pzatchok

    Everything is fine, he asked his legal guys if it was OK and they said so.

    Have no fear everything a lawyer says is the truth and legal. Why I don’t even know why we have a court system.
    We just need to ask a lawyer his opinion and that will be the judgement on the accused. They will no longer be defendants since they will not be defending anything.
    Heck we don’t even need a legislature anymore. Just ask a lawyer his opinion and that’s the new law.

    Wow this makes things so simple why have we never thought of it before? Just leave everything to those big city lawyers and we will all be fine. They always know whats best.

    They so smart. We need them lawyers to make our decisions for us ignorant fools. We idiots living in between NY and LA should be glad they know best. Hell I is.

    Got to go, my Obama fone is ringin.

  • wodun

    Wonder if there was a kickback in exchange for the contact information and if they will sell or give contact information to other groups. O’keefe already did a sting where navigators were willing to give contact information to Democrat activist groups.

  • “But I can see a lot of people will be comforted and relieved at getting the help they need to navigate a confusing process.”

    Condescending, much?

  • Edward

    In a state that pioneered privacy, and the requirement to tell customers when their data was compromised, one would have expected his quote to be more along the lines of:

    “I can imagine some people may be upset that we don’t care in the least about their privacy, but I can see a lot of people will be comforted and relieved at knowing that an incompetent government has given to them a confusing and useless process that requires that we abandon their privacy in order for a more competent private sector to help them straighten out the mess that we stupidly made of their once carefree lives.”

    Do they really think that anything that complies with the law must be a good idea?

    With apologies to those at NASA, it seems to be true that public service attracts the stupid more than it attracts the intelligent.

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