Obama Cronyism + Your Personal Data = Trouble

By Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin

Los Angeles, CA – -(Ammoland.com)- It's the most far-reaching scandal in Washington that no one wants to talk about: Tens of millions of federal employees had their personal information hacked as a result of Obama administration incompetence and political favoritism.

Ethnic community organizer-turned-Office of Personnel Management head Katherine Archuleta recklessly eschewed basic cybersecurity in favor of politically correct “diversity” initiatives during her disastrous crony tenure. This Beltway business-as-usual created an irresistible opportunity for hackers to reach out and grab massive amounts of sensitive data — compromising everyone from rank-and-file government employees to CIA spies.

Could it get worse? You betcha.

Amid increasing concerns about these massive government computer breaches, the Defense Department is expected to announce the winner of a lucrative high-stakes contract to overhaul the military's electronic health records system this week.

The leading finalist among three top contenders is Epic Systems, a Wisconsin-based health care software company founded and led by top Obama billionaire donor Judy Faulkner. Thanks in significant part to President Obama's $19 billion stimulus subsidy program for health data vendors, Epic is now the dominant EMR player in the U.S. health IT market.

According to Becker's Hospital Review, CVS Caremark's retail clinic chain, MinuteClinic, is now adopting Epic's system, and “when the transition is complete, about 51 percent of Americans will have an Epic record.” Other major clients include Kaiser Permanente of Oakland, Calif., Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Arlington-based Texas Health Resources, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mount Sinai Health System in New York City, and Duke University Health System in Raleigh, N.C.

As I've reported previously, Epic employees donated nearly $1 million to political parties and candidates between 1995 and 2012 — 82 percent of it to Democrats.

The company's top 10 PAC recipients are all Democratic or left-wing outfits, from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (nearly $230,000) to the DNC Services Corporation (nearly $175,000) and the America's Families First Action Fund Democratic super-PAC ($150,000). Faulkner received a plum appointment to a federal health IT policy panel in 2011. Brandon Glenn of Medical Economics noted that “it's not a coincidence” that Epic's sales “have been skyrocketing in recent years, up to $1.2 billion in 2011, double what they were four years prior.”

Stunningly, Epic “has the edge” on the gargantuan Pentagon medical records contract, The Washington Post reported on Monday. This favored status comes despite myriad complaints about the interoperability, usability and security of Epic's closed-end proprietary software. Just last week, the UCLA Health system run by Epic suffered a cyber attack affecting up to 4.5 million personal and medical records, including Social Security numbers, Medicare and health plan identifiers, birthdays, and physical addresses. The university's CareConnect system spans four hospitals and 150 offices across Southern California.

The university's top doctors and medical staff market their informatics expertise and consulting services to other Epic customers “to ensure the successful implementation and optimization of your Epic EHR.” Will they be sharing their experience having to mop up the post-cyber attack mess involving their Epic infrastructure?

UCLA Health acknowledged that the hack forced it to “employ more cybersecurity experts on its internal security team, and to hire an outside cybersecurity firm to guard its network,” according to CNN.

Now another Obama crony is poised to cash in on her cozy ties and take over the mega-overhaul of millions of Pentagon and Veterans Affairs medical records to the tune of at least $11 billion.

Can you say “Epic fail”?

About: Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” & “Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild”. Her e-mail address is [email protected]

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Dr Dave
Dr Dave
4 years ago

Why do you think Trump is so high in the polls? Not only are his ideas what we need but he refuses to play the money game with anyone to win. he doesn’t need their donations if it means that later he will owe them a favor. THAT is what we need in ALL of DC not just the POTUS. Enough of career politicians. Hire people for one 6 year term and send them back to their original business without the need to make decisions based on how much was donated to get or keep them in office year after… Read more »

diamondearthday57
diamondearthday57
4 years ago

Damn 1%ers.

George
George
4 years ago

Honestly people, you didn’t really expect competent federal government leaders after experiencing Sibelius, right? She should have told you just how bad our government has gotten. This is true for whichever party is in power too. Bush appointed Brown as head of FEMA. But in D.C. you are not put in charge because you can do the job, but as a reward for being the best crony that you can be, or for large donations, or because you are the first minority to be this or that. Look at the VA, still incompetent, still working on installing a computer system… Read more »

Street Survivor
Street Survivor
4 years ago

My bet is on [R] [I] X- Governor Ct- Maverick Lowell Weicker. Getting that import franchise. Seeing he was personal friends with Fidel & Raul Castro. Seems like Lowell and Fidel , shared a hobby. Had a mini sub that they would use to photograph the flora & fauna of the sea around Cuba. If you were a U.S. senator and friend of the Maverick Republican Lowell Weicker, he would give you a fresh box of Cuban cigars for Christmas. Its all about money and power. And the only power ” We The People ” ,have is the guns we… Read more »

Janek
Janek
4 years ago

On the subject of “cronyism”, who’s going to get the Cuban cigar import franchise?

John
John
4 years ago

Epic didn’t get the deal. It went to Cerner.