A report in the Britain’s The Daily Mail (online, Oct. 28) says no law currently exists in the United States requiring the federal government to notify anyone that their personal health information has been hacked. About 20 million Americans have gained medical insurance under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, since it was signed into law in 2010. The law was designed to make health insurance simpler and more available to Americans, but critics still see it as a waste of money.
‘”[I]t’s a mess out there right now,” says David Kennedy a security expert, in describing the current level of (or lack of) integrity with respect to the Obamacare website. Critics still say HealthCare.gov remains as a Web site which is easily compromised.
Kennedy additionally cautions (in the Daily Mail account) that HealthCare.gov security breaches increased by some 400 per cent in 2013. This may be significant when one considers HealthCare.gov also stands as one of the most voluminous aggregations of individual health profiles ever compiled in the U.S.
The Government Accountability Office has highlighted several critical security “weaknesses” – regarding the Obamacare Web site, including, that the site was compromised back on July 8, 2014. Yet, the data breach wasn’t found until some 7 weeks afterwards.
According to the Heritage Foundation’s Web page, The Daily Signal (online, Sept. 15) Judicial Watch President John Fitton is weighing in hard against the storied Obamacare Website. The source for his contentious and negative feelings are documents (some 94 pages long) allegedly detailing an imposing picture of the website’s purported security lapses. Fitton is quoted in the Daily Signal piece as saying, “These documents show that this administration was concerned about the political problems of the security flaws but couldn’t care less about the threat to privacy of millions of Americans.”
The Judicial Watch-obtained documents specifically point out a breach in HealthCare.gov, which renders it susceptible to a “malicious code” – which can then be loaded on to the site.
Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, demands that Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner testify on September 18, 2014 over the hacked Obamacare website.
Press reports say a hacker broke into the HealthCare.gov website in July to upload “malicious software.” The Department of Health and Human Services said the server that was attacked didn’t contain any personal data, and said measures have been taken since then to boost security.
Republicans will probably not be satisfied with that response, as many of them have repeatedly warned that there are reasons to worry about personal information being stolen from the huge Obamacare database.