New Jersey congressman Frank Pallone (D) used his time during the House Energy and Commerce Committee Hearings on Thursday to call the hearings a “monkey court.” The hearings titled “PPACA Implementation Failures: Didn’t Know or Didn’t Disclose?” began at 9 a.m., and Pallone did a large amount of cheerleading for the federal health tax bill that requires every American to purchase a product.
Pallone has more reasons than one to defend the bill, starting with his campaign contributions.
Pallone was not troubled by the privacy clause written into the HTML code but not readily visible to the public. In the source code, the following statement appears:
“You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system.”
Cheryl Campbell, representing CGI, was asked about the origin of the privacy language in the Obamacare website code by Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas). “I’m not clear as to who wrote that,” she said.
Many Internet users aren’t aware you can right-click on a Web page and view the “source code”—the architecture of a website.
Another company questioned about the code said he wasn’t aware the privacy clause was in it.
Pallone used his time to largely criticize Republicans for their opposition to the health tax bill, pointing a finger at governors who chose not to set up state exchanges. Pallone also said Republicans were trying to scare people although numerous technical experts and privacy advocates, including “progressives”, have been upset about the implementation of the bill.
According to Pallone, the privacy statement isn’t a concern because no specific health details are required. However, he acknowledged a user does have to put in personal info like birth date. That Pallone missed the importance of keeping any user information private suggests his focus is politics rather than safeguarding his constituents’ information. Furthermore, the tax bill does require a great deal of personal information sharing among government agencies, including IRS and DHS.
Pallone has more reasons than blind party loyalty to support a bill that injects the federal government into the health matters of every American.
Of the top five industries contributing to his most recent campaign, 3 were healthcare related. Pallone got $298,500 from Political Action Committees representing health professionals. Pharmaceutical companies and others in the healthcare industry were also in his top 5 donor list.
Whether Pallone read the bill most Democrats admitted not reading is anyone’s guess, but if you did read it, you are aware as I am that the problems are just beginning. By the time the full bill is implemented, Democrats will have an ongoing battle on their hands to defend legislation that will not deliver what their president and their party promised.
The Obamacare tax bill may be a political win for Dems in some quarters, but in the long run, it will be a perpetual win for the GOP and libertarians.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Oct. 24, 2013)