But another aspect of the law is what’s known as the federally affiliated state health insurance exchanges. Though just as intrinsic to the new program’s success as the individual mandate, it’s gotten far less media attention. And that’s a problem, says Citizens Council for Health Freedom President Twila Brase, because they eventually will force everyone to give up their medical privacy.
“It’s been sold as one federal and several state systems,” she explained. But in reality, it will operate like a computer network: The federal government is the server — collecting and processing all the data — and the states will only be portals where data entry takes place. At least five federal agencies will have access to individuals’ medical data.