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Cyber Failures in Obamacare Exchanges: Dangerous to Your Wallet and Privacy
Posted By David Inserra On October 2, 2013 @ 5:13 pm In Front Page,Obamacare | Comments Disabled
Yesterday marked the grand opening of the new Obamacare health insurance marketplaces, and the rollout did not go smoothly . Even more worrying is that these website errors are only the tip of the iceberg .
Just a few weeks ago, Members of Congress and several experts challenged  the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for not examining critical security designs or fully vetting the integrity of the HHS hub that connects the exchanges with various government agencies such as the IRS and Social Security Administration. They asked how the hub could be allowed to open  if basic security tests and assessments were not completed and reviewed.
Ultimately, the HHS inspector general could do little more than say , “We’ve got to cut off our work at a certain point”—even if that point leaves the hub vulnerable to cyber attack.
While the hub does not directly store information, it connects to other government databases that contain sensitive financial, medical, and other personal records. If the hub were compromised  by a hacker, information regarding income, citizenship status, Social Security numbers, or other details could be ascertained and used to alter records or engage in identity theft.
Of course, every state exchange is facing its own cybersecurity issues. Minnesota’s exchange accidently released the private information of 2,400 individuals  in September—before the mass sign-ups even began.
Additionally, thousands of federal and state officials and Obamacare “navigators” will have access to Americans’ information, all but guaranteeing that personal information will be mishandled. Even worse, federal guidelines do not require navigators to pass a background  check and call for only 20 hours of training before granting navigators access to personal information.
These will not be the last of the government’s Obamacare cyber troubles, either. The government’s cybersecurity woes  have been well-documented  by Heritage, and the issues with the Obamacare exchanges are merely continuing this troubling trend .
The cyber risks in the Obamacare exchanges endanger Americans by making them more susceptible to identity theft, insurance fraud, and other crimes. Add to that a whole host  of other Obamacare failures , delays , special exemptions , broken promises , and unintended consequences , and it is clear why this law is bad for Americans. Congress shouldn’t waste another dime to implement this broken and harmful law.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://blog.heritage.org/wp-content/uploads/health.gov1_.jpg
 rollout did not go smoothly: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/325753-obamacare-exchanges-debut-with-glitches
 only the tip of the iceberg: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/09/26/obamacare-exchange-glitches-and-delays-keep-coming/
 challenged: http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2013/09/health-agency-watchdog-doesnt-have-time-vet-obamacare-cyber-designs/70352/
 how the hub could be allowed to open: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/09/obamacare-s-threat-to-americans-privacy-of-health-and-financial-data
 If the hub were compromised: http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2013/09/obamacare-data-hub-security-review-blasted/70220/
 2,400 individuals: http://dailycaller.com/2013/09/14/obamacare-exchange-leaks-data-of-2400-unsuspecting-customers/
 do not require navigators to pass a background: http://www.wvago.gov/pdf/Letter%20to%20HHS%20re%20Data%20Privacy_%28final%208%2014%2013%29.pdf
 government’s cybersecurity woes: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/11/cybersecurity-breaches-and-failures-in-the-us-government-continue
 well-documented: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/06/weaknesses-of-a-regulatory-approach-to-cybersecurity
 this troubling trend: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/05/the-alarming-trend-of-cybersecurity-breaches-and-failures-in-the-us-government
 whole host: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/09/27/morning-bell-5-ways-obamacare-could-impact-you-in-5-days/
 failures: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/08/22/when-you-cant-actually-keep-your-health-care-plan/
 delays: http://www.heritage.org/research/commentary/2013/7/delaying-the-employer-health-mandate-easy-on-the-champagne
 special exemptions: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/09/19/the-vitter-amendment-on-obamacare-senate-liberals-curious-complaint/
 broken promises: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/08/28/higher-premiums-both-now-and-later/
 unintended consequences: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/09/11/obamacare-and-trader-joes-the-unique-grocery-experience-with-not-so-unique-problems/
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