Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement in support of legislation approved by the House of Representatives today to protect Americans from data breaches on the Obamacare website. The Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act, sponsored by Representative Joe Pitts (R-PA), would require the Department of Health and Human Services to notify individuals once they have become the victim of a breach on the state and federal health care exchanges that endangers personal data and information within two business days. Congressman Blackburn is an original cosponsor of the legislation.
"Throughout our investigation at the Energy and Commerce Committee, administration officials have repeatedly failed to address my concerns regarding the security risks of the Obamacare website. President's Obama's health care law is littered with broken promises and this administration has done nothing to instill confidence in the American people that their personal information is safe and secure.
"When private consultants warned senior White House and HHS officials last Spring that there was a number of problems with HealthCare.gov, including failure to complete end-to-end testing -- the administration kept moving forward. And when a CMS memo dated just 4 days before HealthCare.gov went live warned that there were "inherent security risks' the Administration moved forward just so they could keep their launch date. This administration's failed policy of "Forward.' isn't working and according to a recent Experian report it's putting American's personal information at a high risk of becoming part of the greatest opportunity for a data breach.
"The American people deserve to know if their personal information available on the health care law's exchanges has been jeopardized in any way. This legislation accomplishes what this administration has failed to do. It will force HHS to inform individuals if their information has been breached."