KSTP reporters learned that the MNSure website is one of 58% of state-run “Obamacare” exchanges that are vulnerable to a Wi-Fi cyber attack.
Rep. Kathy Lohmer (39B) – Legislative Update
On Wednesday, MNsure – the Minnesota arm of Obamacare – held a board meeting to review the status of its enrollment process. We discovered that after one month into MNsure’s failed launch, zero Minnesotans have completed enrollment in a health plan. Because MNsure officials are unable to transfer application information into health plans – the critical last step of the enrollment process – a person cannot be completely enrolled in a health plan. After spending $150 million taxpayer dollars on this government-organized bureaucracy, Minnesotans should truly expect better of their government.
Additionally, you can expect to pay a brand new tax on your health insurance plans. The unelected board of directors for MNsure voted to impose a 1.5% tax on your health insurance. Revenue from this tax will be held in a special account to be used by MNsure to cover operation costs, with few limitations, in later years. Minnesota taxpayers can’t afford to pay even more for the implementation of Obamacare by Governor Dayton and Democrats. Even worse, it’s not only MNsure enrollees who are seeing their costs go up. It has beenreported that as many as 1 in 20 Minnesotans (280,000) will be forced to give up policies they like, with doctors of their choosing, for policies that will be more expensive and involve services they do not want.
Meanwhile, the legislative auditor issued his review of the MNsure privacy breach that occurred back in September when an employee released the social security numbers of over 1500 Minnesotans. The legislative auditor concluded that this was not an isolated incident, but a top-to-bottom problem for MNsure as it relates to properly training employees and instituting safeguards of the personal information of Minnesotans. It’s time for this trend of data breaches to end.
IRS the new weapon against your free speech
Now they’re coming after your political voice!
At National Right to Life, we are ever on the guard against regulations that would take away the free speech rights of groups like NRLC who speak up for the unborn.
We have to be. Attacking our free speech rights has long been a favorite tactic of pro-abortion policymakers as a way to undermine public support for the unborn.
Now, proposed new regulations by Barack Obama’s Internal Revenue Service would dramatically limit the rights of advocacy organizations like NRLC to inform the public about the positions of candidates, how members of Congress voted, what statements they made about issues, etc. Limits would even be imposed on our right to discuss the positions of nominees for federal judgeships, including those nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court!
If you are a member of the National Right to Life Committee – if you believe in and support our right to inform voters of these facts before an election – these new regulations would mean that not just our rights, but your rights to free speech and association would be severely violated.
The Obama team sees organizations like National Right to Life as a threat. They see you and your views as a threat. They want to muzzle those views. It’s that simple.
Free speech is a birthright of the American people and has been for more than 200 years. It is not a commodity any American president or administration, who hold office for just a few short years, can take away for crass political reasons.
Please help us fight this threat to our free speech and to the unborn. We need to raise a storm of public protest against these regulations, to make it as hard as possible for the IRS to give final approval. We need to educate the American people that it seems every group that opposes Obama’s policies is now under threat of having their most fundamental rights taken away.
Can you help us fight this scourge, and help protect the voice of the unborn with a generous donation of $500 or $250 today? The IRS has already been implicated in over-zealously investigating pro-life organizations – the use of the IRS as a political weapon has to stop!
If the amounts above are too much, I completely understand, and hope you can support us with a needed gift of $100, $50 or $35. Together we’ll stand to defend our free speech rights . . . and the rights of the unborn who have no other voice but us!
For an excellent short summary of this new threat from the IRS, see The Latest IRS Power Grab, by former Federal Elections Commission Chair Bradley Smith, which you can read here.