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  • Read 8 damning emails from behind the scenes of the Healthcare.gov meltdown

    09/18/2014 8:53:51 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 20 replies
    We all now know what happened with the federal healthcare marketplace, Healthcare.gov. The three-year development was complicated by changing specifications, and the government's convoluted procurement process meant entrenched companies were getting contracts over and over. But a wave of government accountability reports, concluded after months of investigations, is bringing new attention to the meltdown. The Government Office of Accountability released a report earlier this week detailing the security flaws in the site, but a report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released yesterday is even more damning.
  • Government Insider Warned of HealthCare.gov Security Risks: ‘I Am Tired of the Cover Ups’

    09/18/2014 7:06:02 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 2 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 9/18/2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Government insiders who flagged security issues prior to the launch of HealthCare.gov were right to be concerned. That’s according to a new audit by the Government Accountability Office, which concluded that security weaknesses are putting “the sensitive personal information” contained by HealthCare.gov and its related systems at risk. As the Obama administration prepared to launch the website last fall, one of those insiders voiced concern about the vulnerabilities and complained about “cover ups” masking the severity of the problems.
  • It’s Official: The IRS Will Raid Your Tax Data Through Obamacare

    05/05/2014 1:48:51 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 11 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | may 5, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Internal Revenue Service this week will publish a final rule requiring Obamacare health insurance exchanges to hand over key personal data to the IRS, which will use the information to implement the tax aspects of the controversial health care law. The IRS rule covers health exchanges that sell insurance to individuals, and it takes effect this year. That means people enrolled in an Obamacare exchange this year will have their information given to the IRS as soon as it’s needed for tax purposes. Information to be handed over from Obamacare exchanges includes names, addresses, taxpayer identification numbers, insurance premium...
  • ObamaCare site flagged in Heartbleed security review

    04/19/2014 7:16:34 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 8 replies
    NY POST ^ | April 19, 2014
    WASHINGTON — People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama’s signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government’s vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw. Senior administration officials said there is no indication that the HealthCare.gov site has been compromised and the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution. The government’s Heartbleed review is ongoing, the officials said, and users of other websites may also be told to change their passwords in the coming days, including those with accounts on the popular...
  • More Obamacare stupidity: Developers of website linked to Belarus government

    02/04/2014 9:16:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/04/2014 | Rick Moran
    Developers linked to the government of Belarus may have placed malicious code inside the healthcare.gov website allowing it to hack into the personal information of consumers. No - I'm serious. Washington Free Beacon: U.S. intelligence agencies last week urged the Obama administration to check its new healthcare network for malicious software after learning that developers linked to the Belarus government helped produce the website, raising fresh concerns that private data posted by millions of Americans will be compromised.The intelligence agencies notified the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency in charge of the Healthcare.gov network, about their concerns...
  • The Belarusian Connection Obamacare network vulnerable to cyber attack

    02/03/2014 5:49:36 PM PST · by driftdiver · 20 replies
    Washington FreeBeacon ^ | Feb 3, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    U.S. intelligence agencies last week urged the Obama administration to check its new healthcare network for malicious software after learning that developers linked to the Belarus government helped produce the website, raising fresh concerns that private data posted by millions of Americans will be compromised. The intelligence agencies notified the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency in charge of the Healthcare.gov network, about their concerns last week. Specifically, officials warned that programmers in Belarus, a former Soviet republic closely allied with Russia, were suspected of inserting malicious code that could be used for cyber attacks, according to U.S....
  • ObamaCare's Potemkin Village Website Written In Belarus?

    02/05/2014 10:12:16 AM PST · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Incestor's Business Daily ^ | February 5, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Debacle: U.S. intelligence agencies report that developers linked to the Belarus government helped create the Healthcare.gov website and may have inserted malicious code making it vulnerable to cyberattacks and hacking. The disastrous rollout of Healthcare.gov was bad enough. But as if Americans need another reason to avoid Healthcare.gov, we now hear that the Obama administration, through the Department of Health and Human Services, has indirectly contracted with developers in the worker's paradise of Belarus, a former Soviet republic still closely tied to Russia, to write some of the software code used for the website. The Washington Free Beacon's Bill Gertz...
  • Recalled Report Raises Question of Politicization of Intelligence (Obamacare SNAFU)

    02/04/2014 2:58:13 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2-4-2014 | Bill Gertz
    February 4, 2014 Recalled Report Raises Question of Politicization of Intelligence Bachmann seeks answers from president, HHS on Obamacare security flaws Bill Gertz A member of the House Intelligence Committee said Tuesday she is investigating whether an intelligence report warning about risks to Americans who posted data on the Obamacare website was suppressed for political reasons.Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.) said she plans to write to President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urging them to immediately shut down the Healthcare.gov website over concerns that the system is vulnerable to cyber attacks as a result of...
  • Man’s personal info stolen after using Obamacare website

    02/05/2014 10:51:08 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 18 replies
    Captitol City Project ^ | February 5, 2014 | By Joe Schoffstall
    A Virginia man’s personal information has been stolen after he signed up for Obamacare on the healthcare.gov website. Now, he’s questioning if the website is the reason why. “There’s a possibility someone got my personal information from your website,” Virginia Beach resident Rich Guillory said in a video shot by WVEC-VA while speaking on the phone. “They knew my name and they had my number” — along with his address and social security number as well. he day after he signed up on the website, he got a call from someone claiming they could help him with finding health insurance....
  • Colossal cost of Cover Oregon prompts lawmaker to call for end to spending ($200M spent/0 Enrolled)

    01/21/2014 10:28:57 AM PST · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    KATU-TV ^ | January 21, 2014 | Chelsa Kopta
    The On Your Side Investigators revealed the colossal cost of Cover Oregon for the first time Monday and it shows how much of your tax money has been spent on the failed website. KATU learned Cover Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority collectively spent just shy of $200 million on its Cover Oregon website, which has been plagued with problems for months and still hasn't enrolled a single Oregonian for health insurance since the site launched Oct. 1, 2013. The state health insurance exchange's top dogs have been back and forth for months, extending the date when the website likely...
  • The Latest From Obamacare Central (Free Republic Mentioned)

    01/21/2014 4:48:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 21, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    It's time for your latest Obamacare update, and it will come as no surprise to you that things are not getting any prettier for this monstrosity. Let's just take a jog down Obamacare Avenue and see what is popping out at us from the storefronts this week. Roll down your windows so you can get a clearer look: --Obamacare devotees are still clinging to the idea that this law will expand coverage, but the most recent data indicate that it may fall short of this goal, too, just as it has failed in every other respect. Forbes reports that instead...
  • Security Expert Hacks Obamacare Website In 4 Minutes; Accesses 70,000 Records

    01/20/2014 8:42:03 PM PST · by Zakeet · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | January 20, 2014 | Michael Krieger
    The hits just keep on coming for ObamaCare. It was less than two weeks ago that I highlighted the potential premium rate death spiral that ObamaCare faces due to the fact that only old and sick people are signing up for the program. Now it seems there are further security related concerns plaguing the site, as cyber-security expert David Kennedy recently claimed that “gaining access to 70,000 personal records of Obamacare enrollees via HealthCare.gov took about 4 minutes.” It’s actually hard to be this incompetent if you tried. More from the Washington Times: The man who appeared before Congress last...
  • Hacking expert David Kennedy says he cracked HealthCare.gov in 4 minutes

    01/20/2014 10:04:15 AM PST · by ransomnote · 39 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | January 19, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    The man who appeared before Congress last week to explain the security pitfalls of HealthCare.gov took to Fox News on Sunday to explain just how easy it was to penetrate the website. Hacking expert David Kennedy told Fox’s Chris Wallace that gaining access to 70,000 personal records of Obamacare enrollees via HealthCare.gov took about 4 minutes and required nothing more than a standard browser, the Daily Caller reported. PHOTOS: Eye-popping excuses in American political scandals “And 70,000 was just one of the numbers that I was able to go up to and I stopped after that,” he said. “You know,...
  • Computer Security Expert: Obamacare Website Security ‘Much Worse Off’ Than Before

    01/19/2014 3:24:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 19, 2014 | Staff
    The Obamacare website is even less secure than it was in November, David Kennedy, head of computer security consulting firm TrustedSec LLC, told Fox News Sunday. Kennedy testified before Congress Thursday that the site was “100 percent” insecure and personal information for consumers at healthcare.gov was at risk, Reuters reports: Before the hearing, Kennedy told Reuters the government has yet to plug more than 20 vulnerabilities that he and other security experts reported to the government shortly after HealthCare.gov went live on October 1. Hackers could steal personal information, modify data, attack the personal computers of website users and damage...
  • ONE in SEVEN New Mexico Obamacare Navigators Is Listed in FBI’s Crime Database

    01/16/2014 6:57:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 1/16/14 | Jim Hoft
    We’re from the government and we’re here to help. One in seven Obamacare navigators in New Mexico is listed in the FBI’s crime information database.But these “experts” are here to serve you.New Mexico Watchdog reported: An investigation by the National Review, one of the leading conservative media outlets in the country, reports that one in seven navigators in New Mexico hired to help consumers work their way through the Affordable Care Act appeared on the FBI’s National Crime Information Center database.But an official with the state’s Affordable Care Act Implementation Projects emphasizes that while a person’s name may turn up on the FBI database, it does not mean they pose any risk to...
  • Hackers: HealthCare.gov still riddled with potential security issues

    01/16/2014 10:46:53 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 4 replies
    Nbc News ^ | 1/16/2014 | Julianne Pepitone,
    Cybersecurity researchers slammed HealthCare.gov's security during a House hearing on Thursday morning, saying the site is still riddled with problems that could put consumers' sensitive health details at risk. “The reason we’re concluding that this is so shockingly bad is that the issues across the site are so varied,” David Kennedy, founder of the information security firm TrustedSec, told NBC News. “You don’t even have to hack into the system to see big issues – which means there are [major problems] underneath.” Kennedy was the first of a group of so-called "white-hat hackers" who testified before the House of Representatives...
  • World's greatest hacker calls Healthcare.gov security 'shameful'

    01/16/2014 9:00:11 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 9 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 16, 2014
    Security expert -- and once the world's most-wanted cyber criminal -- Kevin Mitnick submitted a scathing criticism to a House panel Thursday of ObamaCare's Healthcare.gov website, calling the protections built into the site "shameful" and "minimal." In a letter submitted as testimony to the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Mitnick wrote: "It's shameful the team that built the Healthcare.gov site implemented minimal, if any, security best practices to mitigate the significant risk of a system compromise."
  • White House stops short of veto threats on House healthcare (ID theft) bills

    01/09/2014 5:45:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/09/14 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Obama administration stopped short Thursday of threatening to veto House bills to require officials to tell people if their personal data has been compromised through ObamaCare, and to require weekly reports on the health law's implementation. The White House said in two Statements of Administration Policy that it opposed both bills, one of which is set for a Friday vote in the House. Weekly reporting requirements on both enrollments and the operation of the HealthCare.gov website would require "unfunded, unprecedented, and unnecessary reporting requirements" on the health insurance exchanges, it said in one statement. "It would require the reporting...
  • 49,000 NC Medicaid Cards Mailed To Wrong Addresses

    01/05/2014 12:41:37 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina health officials said Friday that they had inadvertently disclosed the personal information of tens of thousands of children receiving Medicaid coverage, but were tight-lipped about precisely what caused the massive privacy breach. The state Department of Health and Human Services issued a written release saying that new Medicaid cards for nearly 49,000 children were mailed on Dec. 30 to the wrong people. The information on the cards includes the children’s names, Medicaid identification numbers, dates of birth and the names of their primary care doctors — personal medical data that is supposed to be...
  • Obama Couldn’t Use Website To Sign Up For Obamacare

    12/24/2013 8:25:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    CBS ^ | December 24, 2013
    HONOLULU — He won’t use it, and he didn’t actually sign up for it himself, but President Barack Obama has enrolled for health coverage through the new insurance exchanges. Announcing his enrollment Monday, the White House called it a symbolic show of Obama’s support for the fledgling exchanges where millions of Americans must buy insurance or face a penalty. Ironically, it also served as a reminder of just how complex and sometimes daunting the process can be. Obama, like so many other Americans, couldn’t use the website. “The complicated nature of the president’s case required an in-person sign-up,” the White...
  • Dem cries foul on Issa's ObamaCare tactics

    12/18/2013 8:44:27 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    thehill.com ^ | December 17, 2013 | Elise Viebeck
    The House Oversight Committee's top Democrat is accusing Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) of deliberately stoking fears about HealthCare.gov with partial and misleading document releases. Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.) cried foul on Issa's habit of withholding portions of documents about ObamaCare and charged the committee chairman with "cherry-picking" evidence to heighten concerns about the enrollment website. "The chairman's actions are a reckless and transparent attempt to frighten Americans away from the HeathCare.gov website and deny them health insurance to which they are entitled," Cummings wrote in a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Cummings disputed Issa's recent allegation that users' personal...
  • Obamacare And The Fraudulent Turk

    12/09/2013 9:43:11 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 2 replies
    andstillipersist.com ^ | 12/5/13 | Bruce Webster
    ... In a tongue-in-cheek fashion, I was merely carrying on a long-standing tradition over centuries of false automata, mechanical devices that appear to act with skill and intelligence but that, in fact, are actually being operated by humans behind the scenes. The most famous of these is the Turk (pictured above), a device built in the late 1700s that appeared to play a very good game of chess against humans. In truth, a human chess player was ensconced within the device’s cabinet with the ability to perceive the current state of the board. Note that the Turk himself was a...
  • Obamacare marketplace violates federal security law

    12/12/2013 1:15:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 11, 2013 | Charles C. Johnson
    The bureaucracy tasked with Obamacare implementation may be violating a law that requires government agencies to keep private information safe. Under the the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), the Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is required to have an “Authority to Operate,” or ATO. In order to receive an ATO, new information tech systems must perform a set of tests, including “Security Control Assessments” (SCA). But according to CMS’s 2014 budget request, no such security assessment took place. The Federal Healthcare Marketplace website was rolled out without full end­-to­-end testing. Indeed,...
  • Health Care Exchange Is Vastly Improved, Users Say

    12/10/2013 6:20:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/10/2013 | By LIZETTE ALVAREZ and JENNIFER PRESTON
    MIAMI — After two months of false starts, error messages and pleas for patience from the once-hobbled federal online health care exchange, Karen Egozi, the chief executive of the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, watched on Monday as counselors navigated the website’s pages with relative ease. Click. Next page. Click. Next page. The website, HealthCare.gov, was working so well that Ms. Egozi, who oversees the 45 navigators in eight locations who help consumers enroll in health plans, said her team gave the system an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10, meaning that most people got as far as selecting...
  • Mutliple State Exchanges Vulnerable to Wi-Fi Attack

    12/09/2013 5:06:45 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/9/13 | Sterling Beard
    Multiple state-run health-care exchanges are vulnerable to a type of Wi-Fi attack that can allow hackers to intercept usernames and passwords, KSTP, a Minnesota ABC affiliate, reports. According to Mark Lanterman, the CEO and chief technology officer of Computer Forensic Services who ran the simulated attack for KSTP, state-run exchanges in Minnesota, Hawaii, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Maryland, and the District of Columbia are vulnerable to it.
  • If You Like Your PIN, You Can Keep Your PIN ... Mark Steyn

    12/09/2013 6:24:23 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 12 replies
    NRO the Corner ^ | 8 Dec 2013 | Mark Steyn
    When Ted Cruz suggested that “Nigerian email scammers” built the Obamacare websites, the Nigerian Ambassador demanded he apologize. However: New problems emerged on Friday, with a Capitol Hill source drawing attention to an apparent scam in the system. The source detailed how, after telling the user the password was incorrect, the site directed the individual to a “forgot password” page — which then asked for highly personal information. “On that page I was asked for my check card number and my ATM pin,” the source said. “I was fairly confident this was a scam so I called customer service. After...
  • There’s No Obamacare Comeback Yet - Serious questions remain about implementation

    12/09/2013 5:32:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | December 9, 2013 | John Fund
    "....... question is whether insurance companies believe in the website enough to put their advertising money where their mouthpieces were before its launch on October 1. “The big tell of if/when people finally believe it’s working is when you see the states, insurance companies, etc., restart their ad buys and outreach programs that they put on hold to drive people to the site,” a Democratic observer of health-care issues told NBC’s First Read. “Once it’s established that you can go from typing in the words ‘HealthCare.gov’ to getting a confirming e-mail saying you’re covered with reasonable ease, then I think...
  • Thanks Obamacare: You’re at Risk of Having Your ID Stolen and Your Bank Account Emptied

    12/04/2013 9:53:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    There are many reason I don’t like Obamacare, including its punitive impact on taxpayers and the way it takes our healthcare system even further from a market-based approach. But now I’m increasingly worried Obamacare also is creating a playground for hackers and identity thieves – and the rest of us will be the victims. Simply stated, the results probably won’t be very pretty when you mix together these two items. 1) Typical government incompetence. 2) Massive data collection by government. I pontificate on these issues in an interview with Neil Cavuto. Dan Mitchell Discussing How the IRS and Obamacare May...
  • Security Experts Warn Healthcare.gov Is Vulnerable to Hacking

    12/03/2013 9:18:34 AM PST · by topher · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 19, 2013 6:01pm | John Parkinson
    Cyber security experts told Congress today that the Obama administration should take Healthcare.gov offline until privacy vulnerabilities are addressed and detection capabilities are improved. David Kennedy, a so-called “white hat hacker” who tests security flaws by hacking online systems to help identify weaknesses, warned that there are critical flaws and exposures “currently on the website that hackers could use to extract sensitive information.” “The purpose of security isn’t to say, ‘Hey, we’re 100 percent impenetrable all the time,’ but can we detect the hackers in the very early stages of the life cycle of the attack, monitor that, and prevent...
  • Rogers: WH wouldn’t brief us on Healthcare.gov security gaps – even in closed session

    12/03/2013 7:17:04 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 39 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 3, 2013 | ED MORRISSEY
    Rep. Mike Rogers provides a cheery thought on personal security as the White House gears up to sell ObamaCare all over again. Last night, he told Greta van Susteren that data security on Healthcare.gov didn’t even meet “minimal standards” for the industry. In terms of the “private-sector velocity and efficiency” claimed by the Obama administration over the last couple of days, Rogers says that experts warned him that they would be sued out of business if they rolled out a website with this many security gaps. It’s so bad, Rogers warns, that the White House refused to brief Congress on...
  • No security ever built into Obamacare site: Hacker

    12/02/2013 5:34:50 PM PST · by tobyhill · 26 replies
    cnbc ^ | 11/25/2013 | By: Matthew J. Belvedere
    It could take a year to secure the risk of "high exposures" of personal information on the federal Obamacare online exchange, a cybersecurity expert told CNBC on Monday. "When you develop a website, you develop it with security in mind. And it doesn't appear to have happened this time," said David Kennedy, a so-called "white hat" hacker who tests online security by breaching websites. He testified on Capitol Hill about the flaws of HealthCare.gov last week. "It's really hard to go back and fix the security around it because security wasn't built into it," said Kennedy, chief executive of TrustedSec....
  • Video: Relaunch of most embarrassing gov’t website ever going about as well as you’d think

    12/01/2013 5:39:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/01/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    According to Fox News Sunday, the new Healthcare.gov site has not quite achieved the promised “fully functional” status by the November 30th deadline. In fact, the site still can’t verify identities for potential enrollees, which means that consumers can’t be sure they’re seeing the right information for coverage options. After forty-two months of development and nine weeks of futility and failure, this isn’t exactly a confidence-builder (via The Weekly Standard): CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO “Federal officials promised that healthcare.gov would work smoothly for a vast majority of users starting today. But that has not been the case so...
  • Officials say they're 'on track' to meet deadline for ObamaCare fixes

    11/30/2013 10:19:19 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 30,2013 | Fox News' James Rosen and the Associated Press
    Obama administration officials said Saturday they were "on track" to have the problematic ObamaCare website running smoothly by their self-imposed Nov. 30 deadline. "With the scheduled upgrades last night and tonight, we're on track to meet our stated goal for the site to work for the vast majority of users," Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesman Aaron Albright told Fox News, in a statement. Administration officials have since announcing the deadline qualified expectations and outcomes by repeatedly saying the site would work for the “vast majority of people.” The Washington Post earlier Saturday reported the administration was prepared to...
  • New plan on Healthcare.gov: Declare victory … and fix it later

    11/30/2013 11:09:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/30/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Well, I guess it beats explaining why the Obama administration failed to meet yet another of its deadlines in getting a 42-month web-portal project to work. According to the Washington Post, the White House will announce tomorrow that the Healthcare.gov site has been fixed, even though the site won’t actually be fixed — not even by the administration’s own metrics: Administration officials are preparing to announce Sunday that they have met their Saturday deadline for improving HealthCare.gov, according to government officials, in part by expanding the site’s capacity so that it can handle 50,000 users at once. But they have...
  • Obamacare Site Going Down for Maintenance Ahead of Deadline

    11/29/2013 4:39:37 PM PST · by kristinn · 67 replies
    CNN ^ | Friday, November 29, 2013 | Ashley Killough
    HealthCare.gov, the problem-plagued federal online site for signing up for insurance under Obamacare, will go down for extended maintenance on Friday night and overnight ahead of Saturday's deadline to have it working for most people, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said. The overnight maintenance overnight is set to last from 9 p.m. ET Friday until 8 a.m. ET Saturday. It's not the first time the website has gone done; the administration has frequently done regular weekend maintenance, usually on Sunday mornings from 1 a.m ET to 5 a.m. ET. During the maintenance checks, the website's application and enrollment...
  • Obamacare Centralized Medical Database Nightmare Just Happened to My Daughter

    11/28/2013 8:47:33 AM PST · by dontreadthis · 55 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | November 27, 2013 | Dave Jolly
    One of the aspects of Obamacare that everyone seems to have forgotten at the moment is their effort to put everyone’s personal information, medical and otherwise, into a central database. With this system in place, you can kiss your HIPPA privacy goodbye. Last week, we heard from our youngest daughter that she was receiving doctor’s bills from a doctor she’s never seen. Some of the bills were from visits earlier this year and because they have not been paid, her credit score has been dinged. When she checked into it, she found out that the doctor’s office had her birthdate,...
  • Oregon’s Obamacare sign-up is an ‘epic failure’(Still NOT ONE SOUL enrolled!)

    11/26/2013 2:46:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 26, 2013 | Paige Winfield Cunningham
    Oregon once led the country in implementing Obamacare. Now it’s just about dead last. Not one person has yet enrolled in the Cover Oregon insurance exchange — a major embarrassment to state policymakers who early on had wholeheartedly embraced the Affordable Care Act even as other states tried their best to hinder it. After repeatedly delaying its website’s enrollment feature because of technical problems, exchange officials are still scrambling. Gov. John Kitzhaber announced new efforts Friday toward that goal, but mid-December is the soonest officials expect online enrollment could be available, and even that date is in doubt. Until then,...
  • Error Messages Greet Staffers Entering Health Exchanges "security and privacy protocol are followed"

    11/20/2013 12:59:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Roll Call ^ | November 19, 2013 | Hannah Hess
    Despite assurances that private information is protected, some staffers worried about where the data they share to create an account on the exchange is being sent. Officials assured them all security and privacy protocol are followed and that Congress’ data is not being sent out to a federal data hub. One week into the open-enrollment period, Senate staffers are grappling with glitches on the DC Health Link website. “I have one of 54 staffers who’ve actually even been able to get to the point of setting up an account. They keep getting error messages,” one woman said, when handed the...
  • Security Breach at Minnesota's New Health Insurance Exchange

    09/13/2013 6:59:35 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 21 replies
    valleynewslive.com ^ | Sep 13, 2013 8:17 AM EDT
    An employee for Minnesota's new online health insurance exchange accidentally released confidential information on hundreds of insurance agents. MNsure officials say the employee sent an email to an Apple Valley insurance broker's office Thursday that contained Social Security numbers, addresses and other private information of more than 2,400 insurance agents. An MNsure security manager called the insurance broker, Jim Koester, and had him delete the file from his computer hard drive. Koester tells the Star Tribune the incident raises questions about the security of MNsure client information. Users of the exchange will need to provide confidential information to a federal...
  • Oregon healthcare exchange website never worked, has no subscribers

    11/20/2013 10:08:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/20/2013 | JONATHAN KAMINSKY
    Oregon, a state that fully embraced the Affordable Care Act, is enduring one of the rockiest rollouts of President Back Obama's signature health care law, with an inoperative online exchange that has yet to enroll a single subscriber, requiring thousands to apply on paper instead. Unlike most other states, Oregon set an ambitious course to make its insurance exchange, dubbed Cover Oregon, an "all-in-one" website for every individual seeking health coverage, including those who are eligible for Medicaid. But instead of serving as a national model, Oregon's experience has emerged as a cautionary tale, inviting comparisons to technical glitches that...
  • Cover Oregon Exposes Users’ Information in Erroneous Mailing

    11/25/2013 12:03:45 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    NRO - The Corner ^ | November 25, 2013 | Sterling Beard
    Vermont isn’t the only state-run health-care exchange that has exposed a consumer’s private information; Cover Oregon, the Beaver State’s health-insurance exchange, has managed to do the same. Valarie Henderson, a 55-year-old from Salem, received other consumers’ information in the mail last week, including birth dates, income, and Social Security. She had sent in her own 19-page application roughly a month ago—the website, which has suffered a series of technical setbacks, doesn’t allow users to apply through an online portal, so consumers must attempt to submit a paper application through the mail or fax. On Wednesday, she received a packet from...
  • RIGGING THE FUTURE: Obamacare Databases With No Function Beyond Gathering Voter Information

    11/26/2013 11:10:00 AM PST · by thouworm · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Nov 26, 2013 | David Steinberg
    Full Title: RIGGING THE FUTURE: Obamacare Creates 50 New State Databases With No Function Beyond Gathering Potential Voter Information, Real or Fraudulent It was never just a health care “fix”: A series of precise, brilliant, secretive, and illegal decisions by Obamacare authors led to the creation of 50 unbeatable election tools — and to nothing else. As you read, try to identify a rational explanation besides malevolence. (This is Part One of a two-part article.) Since the passage of Obamacare, all fifty state Medicaid agencies have been forced to create a new standalone database that contains nothing besides the contact...
  • Vermont Confirms Security Breach To Health Care Exchange Website

    11/24/2013 12:10:45 PM PST · by grundle · 9 replies
    CBS News/Connecticut ^ | November 24, 2013
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Officials overseeing the Vermont Health Connect website confirmed Friday there was a security breach on the system last month in which one user got improper access to another user’s Social Security number and other data. A report from state to federal officials overseeing the health insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act said a consumer reported the incident with the Vermont Health Connect website on Oct. 17. The consumer, whom officials would not identify, reported that he received in the mail — from an unnamed sender — a copy of his own application for...
  • Tension and Flaws Before Health Website Crash

    11/23/2013 4:56:34 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 22, 2013 | ERIC LIPTON, IAN AUSTEN and SHARON LaFRANIERE
    WASHINGTON — On a sultry day in late August, a dozen staff members of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services gathered at the agency’s Baltimore headquarters with managers from the major contractors building HealthCare.gov to review numerous problems with President’s Obama’s online health insurance initiative. The mood was grim. The prime contractor, CGI Federal, had long before concluded that the administration was blindly enamored of an unrealistic goal: creating a cutting-edge website that would use the latest technologies to dazzle consumers with its many features. Knowing how long it would take to complete and test the software, the company’s...
  • Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Warns Patients to Beware of 'ObamaCare' Exchanges

    11/19/2013 11:21:57 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 32 replies
    The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) issued the following statement regarding enrollment in health plans on the Exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act (ACA or "ObamaCare"): "The Exchanges destroy privacy. Once entered, your information becomes available to a myriad of government agencies. And there is no taking it back. Moreover, the Exchanges are susceptible to hacking by identity thieves and other criminals. Some sites posing as Exchange sites may not be ACA sites at all, just fronts for criminal operations. "Navigators and Assisters are not necessarily trustworthy. They have minimal training, and do not need to...
  • Official Who Wrote "Limitless Risk" Memo Refused to Certify Healthcare.Gov, Then Fired/Resigned

    11/12/2013 11:19:52 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 10 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | 11/12/2013 | Ace
    Remember Tony Trenkle?   “[CMS Chief Information Officer]Tony [Trenkle] made a decision that he was going to move to the private sector and that is what our COO announced yesterday,” said a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who refused to comment whether Trenkle had been pushed out due to frustrations over the agency’s online woes. Why was he pushed out? Initially he seemed to be a Scapegoat. But Administrations usually publicize Scapegoats -- after all, the whole point is to claim all the problems were due to the Scapegoat, and then ritually slaughter him to expiate one's...
  • Memo Warned of "Limitless" Security Risks for HealthCare.gov ("Catastrophic"?)

    11/11/2013 5:23:15 PM PST · by kristinn · 30 replies
    CBS News ^ | Monday, November 11, 2103 | Sharyl Attkisson
    CBS News has learned that the project manager in charge of building the federal health care website was apparently kept in the dark about serious failures in the website's security. Those failures could lead to identity theft among buying insurance. The project manager testified to congressional investigators behind closed doors, but CBS News has obtained the first look at a partial transcript of his testimony. Henry Chao, HealthCare.gov's chief project manager at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), gave nine hours of closed-door testimony to the House Oversight Committee in advance of this week's hearing. In excerpts CBS...
  • CBS: White House Granted Itself Waiver to Launch ObamaCare Website With High Security Risk

    11/08/2013 11:40:35 AM PST · by tsowellfan · 14 replies
    As NewsBusters has been reporting, CBS News has been one of the press outlets totally willing to expose the disaster that is the ObamaCare rollout. On Monday, Sharyl Attkisson did a fabulous report on the CBS Evening News revealing that “four days before the launch the government took an unusual step: it granted itself a waiver to launch the website with a level of uncertainty deemed as a high security risk” (video follows with transcript and commentary)...
  • State Obamacare exchanges illegally allowed to skip security assessment

    11/07/2013 2:36:15 PM PST · by thouworm · 3 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11-07-2013 | Charles C. Johnson
    The Department of Health and Human Service’s Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services allowed state Obamacare exchanges to launch at the beginning of October without having an independent security assessment completed, as required by OMB guidelines and federal law. A recently discovered document published by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), raises serious questions about the security and privacy of the state health insurance exchanges and further highlights the extent to which the Obama Administration skirted federal standards in order to launch the exchanges by October 1.
  • HealthCare.gov ducked final security requirements before launch

    11/04/2013 4:39:48 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 4, 2013 | By Sharyl Attkisson
    The health care website went down again Monday for an hour and a half, and no one is sure why. As HealthCare.gov was being developed, crucial tests to ensure the security and privacy of customer information fell behind schedule. CBS News analysis found that the deadline for final security plans slipped three times from May 6 to July 16. Security assessments to be finished June 7 slid to August 16 and then August 23. The final, required top-to-bottom security tests never got done. The House Oversight Committee released an Obama administration memo that shows four days before the launch, the...