Shane Smith, of Fort Collins, says his dog Baxter received a letter informing him that a health insurance account had been opened in his name through Connect for Health Colorado.
“I thought, ‘Wow, this is so awesome,’” Smith said with a laugh. “They have gone out of their way to insure my 14-year-old Yorkie.”
Smith had called Connect for Health Colorado to sign himself up for insurance because his old plan was cancelled due to Obamacare.
He’s not sure exactly how the confirmation letter went to his dog, but he says he thinks it’s because of a series of security questions a representative asked him over the phone.
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On a positive note, at least Mr. Smith’s credit report won’t be damaged when identity thieves start opening credit card accounts in his dog’s name.
And make no mistake, over the coming years we’re going to see a wave of ID theft directly related to the information being gathered helter-skelter by these insurance exchanges.
If hackers don’t penetrate the websites involved to steal the subscriber account information, then those people who utilize these un-vetted ObamaCare Navigators will find their personal information falling into the hands of criminal gangs.
I’m pretty sure most of these ‘Navigators’ know that lists of names, addresses and social security numbers are a valuable commodity on the black market.
If they don’t use or sell the information themselves, they probably have a cousin or homeboy who knows how to shop the information around to whomever is buying, perhaps some Russian wiseguys in Ukraine.
Billions of dollars in goods will be stolen from retailers, people’s credit ratings will be destroyed and overwhelmed police will be unable to do anything about it.