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Obama-Care Data May Be Open To Identity Theft

From Reuters:

Obamacare months behind in testing IT data security: government

By Sharon Begley | August 6, 2013

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The federal government is months behind in testing data security for the main pillar of Obamacare: allowing Americans to buy health insurance on state exchanges due to open by October 1

The missed deadlines have pushed the government’s decision on whether information technology security is up to snuff to exactly one day before that crucial date, the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general said in a report.

Has Obama or anyone in his administration ever met a deadline? Ever?

As a result, experts say, the exchanges might open with security flaws or, possibly but less likely, be delayed…

The most likely serious security breach would be identity theft, in which a hacker steals the social security numbers and other information people provide when signing up for insurance.

But that’s all. Just identity theft. It’s not something serious.

The inspector general’s report, released without fanfare last Friday [sic], found that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services or CMS – the agency within HHS that is running Obamacare – had set a May 13 deadline for its contractor to deliver a plan to test the security of the crucial information technology component.

A test was to have been performed between June 3 and 7. But the delivery deadline slipped and the test – assessing firewalls and other security elements – is now set for this week and next…

The delays mean that [the certification of the] Obamacare IT system as secure will be pushed back from September 4 to September 30, a day before enrollment under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the law that established Obamacare, is supposed to start…

Any additional delays could mean CMS would not have the information it needs to authorize use of the system by October 1, the inspector general found…

But they aren’t cutting it close. They have a whole day.

When people try to enroll in health insurance starting on October 1 for insurance plans taking effect in 2014, their identity, income and other information they furnish with their application will be funneled through a federal "data hub." …

Before the hub or any other federal information system can open, a 2002 law requires that it obtain a "security authorization package," which is essentially the roadmap for keeping out hackers and preventing security breaches…

Don’t worry. They will just waive this stilly requirement, like they have with so many others. After all, what could go wrong?

Despite the tight IT deadlines Obamacare faces, the 2002 federal law on information security might provide an important loophole. The requirement that CMS’s chief information officer make a "security authorization" decision does not mean the CIO has to conclude that the data hub is impregnable. He can decide that, despite identified security risks, the hub can operate…

You see? They will just declare that’s the system is ‘sort of safe,’ after all. Problem solved.

But it’s not all bad news for Obama-Care. We have these joyous tidings from an understandably giddy Associated Press:

Personal ‘Obamacare’ accounts debut

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | August 6, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — You can now open your own personal "Obamacare" account — but you’ll have to wait awhile before you can actually use it to pick a health insurance plan.

Just eight weeks before the Oct. 1 launch of open enrollment under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law, administration officials announced Monday that the Affordable Care Act is a step closer to reality for millions of uninsured Americans.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said consumers can now go online to healthcare.gov and create personal accounts by establishing a username and password…

And, of course, your personal data will be perfectly safe, since there is no risk of anyone hacking the system. — Oh, wait… 

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Obama-Care Data May Be Open To Identity Theft”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Might be? MIGHT BE?? You better believe it’s a guarantee your data will be thieved. And probably given to Muslim fanatics beginning with Detroit …

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