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November 3, 2013

To the editor: Here they go again, valley amigos pounding their chests, resorting to histrionics, emotional outbursts, imbecilic and illogical arguments and name-calling believing they are putting......

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Nov-03-13 6:43 AM

Sad but true Barry.

Thank You

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Nov-03-13 8:52 AM

Do you want lies watch the liar in chief for yourself.

www dot facebook dot com/photo.php?v=10201857877841415

Everyone should be passing this around via email or social media.

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Nov-03-13 9:16 AM

I totally agree with Barry. We are the laughing stock of the world. We are raising a nation of wussys, don't want us to say Washington Redskins, obamacare, Benghazi,IRS, nsa etc. and i'm sure their will be more etc. as long as this nut is in office. I have so had it with this guy and what he's doing to this country but there's nothing to do but wait until he's out of office and hope we get someone better. although, we won't have to go too far to find someone better. Obviously no one realized he had NO experience.He was a senator, yes but, with no experience and before that just a community organizer. This is a sad state of affairs and hopefully we can bring this country back from the dead.

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Nov-03-13 10:57 AM

Pelosi said, "We have to pass it to see what's in it."

Isn't that the description of a stool sample?

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Nov-03-13 2:12 PM

It is amazing that this is the first reference to CGI, the Canadian software development and staff augmentation company. I find it amazing that our representatives did not give companies like IBM, HP, Dell and many other US companies a shot at this contract. This is criminal. Down right criminal. Your healthcare information is now being processed and stored by a Canadian firm. What about HIPAA? This is insane.

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Nov-03-13 5:51 PM

Hagrid, that is the closest comment to the truth as I have ever read.

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Nov-03-13 5:54 PM

Core is just mad because he knows the ship is sinking and he has no life preserver to stay afloat, nobody wants him in the lifeboat because he refuses to row, and he does not know how to swim.

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Nov-03-13 6:14 PM

5 Things The Obama Administration Had No Idea The Obama Administration Was Doing


1) Obama didn't know we were spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel for five years.

2) Obama didn't know that his administration was sending guns to Mexican drug cartels via Fast and Furious.

3) Obama didn't know the DOJ seized the AP's phone records.

4) Obama didn't know the IRS was targeting Tea Party groups.

5) Obama didn't know the website was going to fail.

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Nov-03-13 6:59 PM

Gallup Daily: Liar in Chief's Job Approval down to 40% and trending lower.

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Nov-04-13 5:49 AM

The Liar and Chief spoke in Boston's historic Faneuil Hall this past week, he said the problem is limited to fewer than 5 percent of Americans.

But in a nation of more than 300 million, 5 percent is a big number - about 15 million people. Among them are Ian and Sara Hodge of Lancaster, Pa., in their early 60s and paying $1,041 a month for a policy before Highmark Inc., sent the Hodges a cancellation notice, now the cheapest rate they say they've been able to find is $1,400 for a comparable plan, with a much higher deductible.

The Obama administration insists nobody will lose coverage as a result of cancellation notices going out to millions of people. At least 3.5 million Americans have been issued cancellations so far.

Americans are still divided over the Affordable Care Act, with negative views far outweighing positives.

Core, where are your friends???

Did they wake up???

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Nov-04-13 10:50 AM

Debray, it is getting very hard for core and others to keep their blinders on.

But, apparently still too early, despite the horror stories of ObamaCare, for them to admit they were so very, very, wrong.

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Nov-05-13 10:00 AM

"But guess what, none of that matters because HIPAA doesn't apply to insurance info"

HIPAA is short for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

To say that it doesn't apply to health insurance info is an outright lie.

From the HIPAA(dot)com web site (Very first paragraph, in FACT):

The Health Information Portability and Accountability of Act demands that all HIPAA covered businesses prevent unauthorized access to “Protected Health Information” or PHI. PHI includes patients’ names, addresses, and all information pertaining to the patients’ health and payment records.

Now, who processes a patient's payment records? That's right. Their health insurance.

"The healthcare dot gov website is in that sense just like any - ANY - insurance company."

Wrong. Health Insurance web sites WORK.

core, when you don't understand things, which happens to you a lot, you should not spread misinformation to others. Keep your misinformation to yourself.

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Nov-05-13 10:03 AM

Additionally, the security (ability to comply with HIPAA) of Healthcare(dot)gov is highly questionable.

There have already been instances of a person's private health information being sent to the wrong person after being entered on the Healthcare(dot)gov web site. A clear violation of HIPAA.

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Nov-05-13 9:16 PM

"Now, I will concede that I mis-spoke when I said, "none of that matters because HIPAA doesn't apply to insurance info."

Do you mean you were WRONG?

"What I should have said was it doesn't matter because HIPAA doesn't apply to the info gathered by the insurance marketplace site."

Wrong. Again.

From the hhs(dot)gove web site:

"The Office for Civil Rights enforces the HIPAA Privacy Rule, which protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information; the HIPAA Security Rule, which sets national standards for the security of electronic lth information...."

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Nov-05-13 9:22 PM


"electronic protected health information...."

Now, tell us. Who has this "electronic protected health information"?

I'll save you the research:


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Nov-06-13 12:27 AM

I don't know about Hagrid, but I do. Rick Ungar is an entertainer (contributor) not a journalist. He contributes to many publications and talk shows. He is selling his brand and will flip flop based on demand for his services.

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Nov-06-13 9:26 AM

"So Hagrid disagrees with Rick Under of Forbes magazine."

Congrats, core. You got one right.

I DO agree with the hhs(dot)gov web site. And federal law. Obviously, you do not.

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Nov-06-13 11:28 AM

•Christie: Elements of Tea Party Are 'Republicans at Their Best'


Asked whether he considers himself a member of the tea party element of the Republican Party, Christie sounded conciliatory, telling Tapper, "There are elements of the tea party that are Republicans at their best."

Tea partiers, he noted, favor limited government and individual liberty and freedom. They are tough on government spending and question the need for raising taxes.

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Nov-06-13 11:30 AM

Gallup: Obama Approval Falls to 39 Percent, Lowest Ever


In its daily poll documenting a three-day average, Obama’s job approval rating is now at 39 percent. Fifty-three percent disapprove of his job performance. The poll's margin of error is 3 percentage points.

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Nov-06-13 8:55 PM

Let me help:

What is individually identifiable health information?


HIPAA defines "individually identifiable health information" as information that is a subset of health information, including demographic information collected from an individual, and:

1.Is created or received by a health care provider, health plan, employer, or health care clearinghouse; and 2.Relates to the past, present, or future physical or mental health or condition of an individual; the provision of health care to an individual; or the past, present, or future payment for the provision of health care to an individual; and a.That identifies the individual; or b.With respect to which there is reasonable basis to believe the information can be used to identify the individual.

core, please read #1.

The current head of HHS said today, under oath, that your healh information is NOT secure, and that felons can get jobs as ObamaCare navigators.

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Nov-06-13 11:22 PM

Let's take one part of the HIPAA description #2:

"or b.With respect to which there is reasonable basis to believe the information can be used to identify the individual. "

Can an individual be identified via healthcare(dot)gov?

I'll let you answer that, core. (It is a "YES" or "NO" question.)

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Nov-06-13 11:38 PM

HIPAA versus ObamaCare – The Conflict


New IRS agents will have access to your medical care information. That access, by definition, requires that a “covered entity” (a covered entity is a health plan, health care clearinghouse and any health care provider that conducts certain health care transactions electronically) to violate health information privacy rights of American citizens.

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Nov-06-13 11:40 PM

This, from January 17, 2013 HHS HIPAA updated rules:

Update On The HIPAA Privacy And Security Final Rule


1. Expansion of Responsibilities to Business Associates

Business associates are partners and vendors (such as health plans, third-party administrators, e-prescribing gateways, billing companies and technology vendors) that perform work on behalf of a covered entity and that handle or store PHI. Under the new final rule, business associates of covered entities are directly liable for compliance with HIPAA requirements and must enter into written contracts called business associate agreements.(2) As such, business associates are subject to increased penalties for noncompliance.

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Nov-07-13 9:07 AM

"When losing an argument - search the blogosphere and punt."

Not having the experience in that regard as you, I will bow to the expert.

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Nov-07-13 9:09 AM

Did you hear that Obama met with Democratic congress members on the state of Obamacare? Not Republicans, just Democrats.

And they gave him an earfull.

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