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Duane Quam demands MNSure employee background checks that are already required

by The Big E on December 12, 2013 · 1 comment

duane-quamRep. Duane Quam (R-Byron) is on the warpath to require MNSure employees have background checks. These are those evil minions of Kenyan socialistic fascism that will be viewing your medical records and posting your information in chat rooms or losing them or something. His bill requires background checks for all these evil minions.
 

“Every week you hear something about identity theft or exposure of personal data, and I think it’s getting worse, and we frankly need to be proactive,” Quam said.
(Rochester Post Bulletin)

The only problem is that all MNSure employees already undergo background checks.
 
But Duane Quam is the kind of Republican who won’t let facts get in the way of his talking points:
 

His bill would require individuals with access to enrollees’ personal data to undergo a background and fingerprint check. Anyone convicted of theft or fraud would be prohibited from having access to the enrollees’ data.
 
“I don’t want to have someone who has been convicted of theft or fraud having the temptation of all of these people’s identities and data right there,” he said.


One of MNSure’s evil minion’s as well as Rep. Tina Liebling (DFL-Rochester) comes to the defense of reality and MNSure employees:
 

MNsure spokeswoman Jenni Bowring-McDonough said all MNsure employees and navigators are required to undergo background checks.
 
When asked about Quam’s proposal, House Health and Human Services Committee Chairwoman Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester, noted the background checks are already being done. She said none of her constituents have contacted her with concerns about data privacy at MNsure.

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