Obamacare's Big Brother Database

A new federal database could mean more scandals like the one enveloping the IRS, writes Rep. Diane Black.

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In addition, each year HHS doles out billions of dollars in grants to a disproportionate number of organizations with close ties to the White House. And now Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is soliciting private donations from companies for her Obamacare "nonprofit." With control over billions in federal dollars and even greater access to personal information, HHS and IRS with the aid of the Data Hub are well positioned to carry out the president's left wing agenda through coercion and harassment of its enemies and rewards for its allies.

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For all these reasons and more, I have introduced H.R. 2022, "Stopping Government Abuse of Taxpayer Information Act," which requires all government agencies with access to Obamacare's Federal Data Services Hub to present to Congress under penalty of perjury of the law certification that the American people's personal information has not and will not be used for targeting any individual or group based on their beliefs.

With full implementation of Obamacare imminent, the IRS scandal underscores why we must not only continue the fight to repeal the health care law, but we also have a responsibility to demand safeguards, accountability and oversight measures be put in place to shield Americans from further targeting. 

The question is: Will the president honor his promises to the American people to undo the cynicism about government and do everything in his power to make sure nothing like the IRS scandal happens again?

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