Are the state insurance exchanges created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act designed to insure millions of uninsured Americans, or to leak millions of bits of personal data out into the world?

The Heritage Foundation believes the answer is the latter. Heritage has been sounding the alarm about the PPACA for some time, and has become a major advocate of defunding the entire reform act.

Gathering examples of security concerns from a range of sources, Heritage policy analyst Chris Jacobs says the Obama administration isn't necessarily putting private information at risk intentionally.  But, through a series of blunders as the White House races to launch the exchanges on Oct. 1, personal data is nonetheless destined to become public, he said.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.