As you know, one of the main plans in the trump administration and the Republican Party is to pass laws that go uncovered because of all of the distractions going on at the same time. This week is no different. While you were all watching the Americans Without Health Care Act fight, and Nunes showing just what a trump shill he is, the Senate was busy passing something that will affect you personally, and you probably didn’t notice.
Naturally, it was an appeal of another of Obama’s rules that were made in order to protect the general population from exploitation. If this bill gets to trump’s desk, there are a lot of companies who will be able to make money off of you and there will be nothing you will be able to do about it.
There rule involves the internet, something we all use. The rule, which hasn’t even taken effect yet said that internet providers could not sell your personal information without your permission. This included things like using precise geolocation, financial information, health information, children’s information and web browsing history for advertising and internal marketing.
In the usual Republican lying mantra, McConnell said that the repeal of this rule was necessary because the rule “makes the internet an uneven playing field, increases complexity, discourages competition, innovation, and infrastructure investment.” What he really means is that if you use the internet, you are supposed to be a cash cow for internet providers whether or not you want to be. And, they don’t have to give you anything in return. Hell, they don’t even have to let you know they are selling your information.
The Internet and Television Association, a trade group, in a statement praised the vote as a “critical step towards re-establishing a balanced framework that is grounded in the long-standing and successful FTC privacy framework that applies equally to all parties operating online.”
There is a law called HIPPA, which makes your health information confidential. Yet this repeal allows a third-party to sell your health information to anyone they wish in order to make more money. Isn’t that a violation of HIPPA? Apparently, McConnell and the Republicans don’t care. According to them, your health information is open for sale without your permission.
I also find it amazing that this rule change is being made right at the same time that Congress is trying to remove 24 million people from their health care coverage. More people will be using the internet to find insurance they can afford. With this rule change, you are going to be bombarded with advertisements because your private information isn’t private anymore.
Part of dismantling democracy is to remove privacy for the citizens. More than that, it is making each and every citizen a cash cow for people you don’t know, who is selling your personal information to anyone and everyone.
This rule would not have hampered the playing field, complexity, competition, innovation, or infrastructure investment as McConnell said. It would simply make it possible for you, as a consumer, to tell Internet Providers they could not sell your personal information.
Republicans have actually made it easier for Russia and terrorists and criminals to get your personal information without having to bother to hack into your computer. They just have to set up a shill company and buy everything they want from Internet Providers. And, they say they want to keep us safe from these criminals.
All during the Obama Presidency the right-wing was complaining about “losing their rights”. When asked which rights they lost, they couldn’t name a single one, because they never lost a right. So, what is one of the first things they do? They pass a law that takes away your privacy when it comes to your financial and health information. This is the second right lost under the trump administration and we are only in month three. The first was your right to clean air and drinking water with his rollback of EPA rules that protected those rights. How many more are on the horizon?
This presidency is all about rights for corporations and screw the “little people”. The proposed budget, if passed, will screw the “little people” even more. And, I can’t wait for the so-called tax reform on the horizon that will really screw the “little people”.
Our right to privacy is one of our most fundamental and important rights we have in our government system. Republicans just told you that your rights are not as important as corporation’s money.
I consider health insurance not only a right, but a necessity. Republicans have told us we don’t need clean water to drink or clean to breath. They have now told us we don’t have a right to privacy. And, if the Americans Without Health Care Act passes we won’t have a right to health insurance.
Yes conservatives, our rights are being stripped away. Only it wasn’t President Obama that stripped them, it is trump and his Republican gang of thieves that are stripping them away. Hope you are happy.
And, the shirts keep marching along.