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  • HHS failed to heed many warnings that HealthCare.gov was in trouble

    02/23/2016 8:40:04 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 23, 2016 | by Amy Goldstein
    During the two years before the disastrous opening of HealthCare.gov, federal officials in charge of creating the online insurance marketplace received 18 written warnings that the mammoth project was mismanaged and off course but never considered postponing its launch, according to government investigators. The warnings included a series of 11 scathing reviews from an outside consultant - among them a top-10 list of risks drawn up in the spring of 2013 that cited inadequate planning for the website's capacity and deviations from usual IT standards. A few months before, then-Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had hired another consultant...
  • New HHS Documents Reveal Security Concerns, Healthcare.gov Had No "Authorization to Operate"

    01/20/2016 1:04:37 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 20 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | JANUARY 19, 2016
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released over 1,000 pages of new documents that show federal health care officials knew that the Obamacare website, when it launched in 2013, did not have the required "authorization to operate" (ATO) from agency information security officials. These documents, obtained from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), come in two productions of records: a 143-page production and an 886-page production. The email records reveal that HHS officials had significant concerns about the security of the Healthcare.gov site leading up to its October 1, 2013, launch. Judicial Watch obtained the HHS documents...
  • Makeover Coming for HealthCare.gov

    10/13/2015 1:58:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/13/2015 | Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON — Acknowledging at least tacitly the difficulties of some health care consumers, the Obama administration plans major changes to HealthCare.gov this year to make it easier for shoppers to find health insurance plans that include their doctors and to predict their health care costs for the coming year. With substantial premium increases coming in some states in 2016, administration officials are expecting that many consumers already in the Affordable Care Act’s networks will have to switch health plans and find new doctors as they scramble for cheaper alternatives. And millions more Americans could be receiving health insurance through health...
  • Obamacare Database With Personal Information on Millions Had ‘Basic Security Flaws’

    09/24/2015 2:38:38 PM PDT · by lbryce · 10 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | September 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    An Obamacare database storing personal information on millions of Americans including Social Security Numbers was riddled with “basic security flaws,” according to a report from an agency watchdog. ABC News reports: The government stored sensitive personal information on millions of health insurance customers in a computer system with basic security flaws, according to an official audit that uncovered slipshod practices. The Obama administration said it acted quickly to fix all the problems identified by the Health and Human Services inspector general’s office. But the episode raises questions about the government’s ability to protect a vast new database at a time...
  • Obamacare Waste Continues to Pile Up

    09/26/2015 8:48:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Heartland ^ | 9/26/15 | Justin Haskins
    **SNIP** According to Whitehouse.gov, an official website of the Obamacare administration, the ACA “reduces health care costs,” in part, “by … cracking down on waste, fraud, and abuse.” A new government audit of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) management of contracts made with eight companies that helped to build the Healthcare.gov website, shows the 20 contracts “most critical to the website’s operation” – worth roughly $600 million in total – were incredibly mismanaged. According to the report, millions were wasted in cost overruns, shoddy practices, and poor business practices. John Tozzi of Bloomberg Business reports the primary...
  • $600 Mil in Obamacare Deals Plagued With Fraud, Negligence

    09/18/2015 2:45:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 18, 2015
    Months after Judicial Watch exposed massive security risks with the government’s healthcare.gov website, afederal audit reveals that the public employees responsible for overseeing the disastrous Obamacare site were not properly trained, failed to keep adequate records and stood by as delays mounted to millions over the original contract costs. We’re talking an astounding $600 million in contracts to build the website for the president’s signature healthcare law. The government employees tasked with supervising the colossal project actually helped private contractors fleece American taxpayers, according to an investigation conducted by the Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General (IG). Most of...
  • Obamacare sticker shock fears: Government pleads with Americans to shop around

    12/04/2014 7:41:07 PM PST · by PROCON · 66 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Dec. 4, 2014 | Tom Howell Jr.
    The administration is trying to preempt Obamacare sticker shock in 2015 by pleading with Americans to shop around in the marketplaces instead of automatically re-enrolling in the health plans they chose last year. Officials said Thursday those who don’t look around and compare plans during open enrollment could see their costs rise because the so-called benchmark plans are more expensive this year.But the Health and Human Services Department said there are more insurers offering more plans this year, meaning that in most states consumers can choose from three or more issuers. And HHS said those options mean most consumers who...
  • Key ObamaCare official used threats, 'tantrums' to push website launch despite concerns...

    11/19/2014 7:29:18 AM PST · by PROCON · 17 replies
    foxnews ^ | Nov. 19, 2014 | Stephanie McNeal
    A key ObamaCare official engaged in a “cruel and uncaring march” to launch the federal health care website last year and wasn’t open to seeking a delay despite concerns, according to a newly revealed email from her former second-in-command. The damning email from Michelle Snyder, the then-chief technology officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, was released to FoxNews.com ahead of a Wednesday House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee hearing on the security and botched rollout of Healthcare.gov. In the September 2013 email to Todd Park, the former Chief Technology Officer of the U.S., Snyder characterized her then-boss,...
  • Key ObamaCare official used threats, 'tantrums' to push website launch despite concerns, email

    11/19/2014 1:53:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 19, 2014 | Stephanie McNeal
    A key ObamaCare official engaged in a “cruel and uncaring march” to launch the federal health care website last year and wasn’t open to seeking a delay despite concerns, according to a newly revealed email from her former second-in-command.The damning email from Michelle Snyder, formerly the No. 2 official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, was released to FoxNews.com ahead of a Wednesday House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee hearing on the security and botched rollout of Healthcare.gov.In the September 2013 email to Todd Park, the former Chief Technology Officer of the U.S., Snyder characterized her then-boss, CMS...
  • Obamacare website opens second enrollment period with few hiccups

    11/16/2014 8:44:58 AM PST · by lowbridge · 17 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | november 16, 2014 | CORINNE LESTCH 
    Obamacare has apparently been cured. After the registration process was addled with technical glitches in 2013, the second enrollment period under President Obama’s health-care law launched on Saturday with few hiccups. Officials phased in the operation by allowing people to scout out potential 2015 plans the week before the launch, and have targeted uninsured people in nail salons, pizzerias and laundermats.
  • Covered California Website Outage Hides Huge Premium Increases

    10/31/2014 5:49:11 AM PDT · by PROCON · 29 replies
    breitbart ^ | Oct. 30, 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    As someone who was forced into Covered California (CC) last year when Aetna, my long-time and excellent healthcare insurer, exited California’s individual market, I am painfully aware of the technical incompetence of the CC website. This year, the CC website has been down for the last two weeks, even though CC renewals are due by November 15th. As someone who had their monthly healthcare premium jacked-up by 71% from $780 a month in 2013 with Aetna to $1,336 with Covered California in 2014, it seems convenient the website outage is hiding the huge premium increases many new Covered Californians are...
  • Next edition of HealthCare.gov is unveiled

    10/08/2014 9:22:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 8, 2014 7:33 PM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    The Obama administration unveiled a new version of HealthCare.gov on Wednesday, with some improvements as well as at least one early mistake and a new challenge. Officials also said that HealthCare.gov won’t display premiums for 2015 until the second week of November. Open enrollment season runs Nov. 15 through Feb. 15. Coverage can start as early as Jan. 1. […] The goof is a mistranslation in large type on the home page of the Spanish-language version of the site. It’s the very first word on the page. Trying to translate “get ready,” someone came up with the wrong word in...
  • Obama to Hide Obamacare Rates Till After Election Day

    10/09/2014 7:00:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Townhall Magazine ^ | Oct 09, 2014 | Conn Carroll
    HealthCare.gov, the online portal where millions of Americans must by health insurance, will not display premiums for 2015 until after the 2014 elections ... Americans will not be able to find out if their health insurance premiums are going up "until the second week of November," which conveniently falls after Americans will go to the polls November 4th.
  • 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.
  • Did Obama just plug healthcare.gov at his photo op in Estonia??

    09/03/2014 2:25:18 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    9/2/14
    I could have swore I just heard Obama talking about how great his death panels web site was....did anyone else catch that? I couldn't rewind it...
  • Hacker Breached HealthCare.gov Insurance Site

    09/04/2014 2:51:24 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 5 replies
    A hacker broke into part of the HealthCare.gov insurance enrollment website in July and uploaded malicious software, according to federal officials. Investigators found no evidence that consumers' personal data was taken in the breach, federal officials said. The hacker appears only to have accessed a server used to test code for HealthCare.gov. The Department of Health and Human Services discovered the attack last week.
  • Hacker Successfully Breached Healthcare.gov Insurance Website

    09/04/2014 2:20:13 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 18 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 9/4/2014 | Jason Howerton
    A hacker successfully breached Healthcare.gov in July and uploaded “malicious software,” MarketWatch reports, citing federal officials. However, investigators said consumers’ personal information doesn’t appear to have been compromised or stolen. In a written statement, the Department of Health and Human Services noted that its review shows that the hacked server “did not contain consumer personal information; data was not transmitted outside the agency, and the website was not specifically targeted.” The statement also claimed that measures have been taken to “further strengthen security.”
  • White House won't reveal documents related to ObamaCare website security

    08/19/2014 1:22:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 19, 2014
    The White House has rejected a request to publicly disclose documents relating to the kinds of security software and computer systems behind the federal health care exchange website on the grounds that the information could "potentially" be used by hackers. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services denied a Freedom of Information Act request made late last year by the Associated Press amid concerns that Republicans raised about the security of the website, which had technical glitches that prevented millions of people from signing up for insurance under ObamaCare. In denying access to the documents, including what's known as a...
  • The billion dollar web site you paid for

    08/14/2014 4:29:16 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 9 replies
    ZDNET ^ | 08/13/2014 | Larry Seltzer
    Perhaps no news about HealthCare.gov, the Federal healthcare exchange website and supporting systems, is shocking anymore. We all know that it was an utter disaster at launch on October 1, 2013 and was completely unusable for some time thereafter. But eventually they got it to the point of being usable, so no harm no foul, right?
  • Obamacare Official Gets Ethics Waiver as Former Company Faces Scrutiny

    07/23/2014 3:09:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 7/23/2014 | Melissa Quinn
    Andrew Slavitt, a former executive at the technology company tasked with saving HealthCare.gov and current second-in-command at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, was granted an ethics waiver by the Department of Health and Human Services to begin working with his former company immediately.The waiver was granted despite Republican lawmakers’ concerns about Slavitt’s potential conflict of interest. The Daily Signal revealed those concerns in a story yesterday.Slavitt, a former OptumInsight/QSSI group vice president, left the company last month to work as the principal deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs Obamacare and HealthCare.gov. His...
  • How Healthcare.Gov Imploded

    07/07/2014 12:43:05 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 6, 2014 | Jace Gregory
    The Obama Administration continues to prioritize political success over people as evidenced in the rollout of the public face of Obamacare: Healthcare.gov. As of the end of February 2014, the Administration had spent $834 million developing a healthcare website that was flawed from the outset and allowed only a few million people to enroll for healthcare coverage, according to a new report by the minority staff of the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Five days before Healthcare.gov opened last year, President Obama addressed Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland, promising that Obamacare would help the economy,...
  • Kathleen Sebelius: I 'made some mistakes'

    06/27/2014 5:14:01 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | June 27, 2014 | By NATALIE VILLACORTA
    Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged Friday that she made mistakes leading up to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, worrying too much about whether there’d be a market for Obamacare and spending “too little time clearly on the technology side.” “I sure made some mistakes along the way in terms of focusing on some things and not on others,” she said at the Aspen Ideas Festival.
  • ‘The President needs you’: Meet the three Canadians who helped save Healthcare.gov

    06/22/2014 10:53:08 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 14 replies
    Financial Post ^ | June 21, 2014 | Armina Ligaya
    In late November, Stephanie Van Dyk got a cryptic call from her boss at Google. She noticed Mikey Dickerson, a site reliability engineer, hadn’t been at their Mountain View, Calif. office lately. Now he was calling her from an unknown location with this request: “Your country needs you.” Ms. Van Dyk, who is from Vancouver, jokingly said: “I don’t think you’re talking about my country.” He laughed, then said: “Fine, fine — the President needs you.” That’s how Ms. Van Dyk became one of three Canadians who were part of the so-called “tech surge”: a group of the best and...
  • Worse Than They Thought: House Confirms HALF Of All Obamacare Applications Flawed

    06/08/2014 6:37:51 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 27 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04 June 2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    At least 4 million Obamacare sign-ups have flawed applications out of the 8 million total applications, according to a report released Wednesday by House Republicans. The Energy and Commerce Committee documents double the claims made in an Associated Press report released earlier on Wednesday, which found that according to a May 8 federal slideshow, 2.1 million Obamacare applications had “inconsistencies” in income, immigration and citizenship data. (RELATED: Obamacare Data Flaws Jeopardize Coverage For 1 in 4 Sign-ups) Federal Obamacare contractor Serco compiled a chart for the committee which displays over 4 million application discrepancies by May 27. The inconsistencies include...
  • Great news: HHS to overhaul Healthcare.gov … again

    06/06/2014 1:03:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/06/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    When the Affordable Care Act passed in March 2010, HHS had three and a half years and $400 million to produce a web portal for individual-market consumers that would … pretty much do what the existing portal did for the Medicare Advantage program that ObamaCare raided to pay for its own operation. HHS rolled it out on time last October, whereupon it crashed repeatedly and had to be overhauled. A few months later, the Obama administration bragged about the system when it hit eight million signups, even though the back end couldn’t actually determine how many actually paid for...
  • Good enough for government: 25% of ObamaCare signups have serious problems

    06/06/2014 4:25:21 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 2 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/05/2014 | IBD Staff
    Ineptitude: Millions of people could be in for a rude surprise later this year when they discover they aren't eligible for ObamaCare, or are getting too big a subsidy, thanks to another failed ObamaCare promise. In early September, administration officials declared that the ObamaCare "data hub" was ready to roll. This hub was central to making ObamaCare work, since it was supposed to verify citizenship, income and other information needed to determine eligibility and the level of insurance subsidies available. More important, it was all supposed to happen in real time, right when people were filling out their online application...
  • Obamacare: Home of the $11,500 Application

    05/22/2014 7:39:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Pajam ^ | 05/22/2014 | Tom Blumer
    Remember the good old days when the Pentagon was spending [1] only $640 for a toilet seat and $400 for a hammer?Yes, I wrote “only.” (And yes, I understand that the problems at the Defense Department had far more to do with bureaucratic bloat than with genuine fraud or abuse.)It turns out that procurement officers there were, relatively speaking, wise stewards of taxpayer dollars, at least when compared to the Obama administration’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CMS has given the American people the $11,500 paper Obamacare application — and that may be a lowball estimate.On July 1...
  • Thousands have not paid premiums for Cover Oregon health policies, placing coverage at risk

    05/16/2014 10:24:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | May 15, 2014 | by Nick Budnick
    A large number of people who've signed up for private health insurers through the Cover Oregon health insurance exchange have not paid their first month's premiums, meaning they are at risk of going without coverage through November. "I've already had clients not pay and lose their coverage," says Lisa Lettenmaier, who owns the health insurance brokerage Health Source NW in Tigard. "It's imperative for people to pay their premiums on time." More than 81,000 people went through through Cover Oregon – either through paper or electronic applications—to select a private health plan. Of those, 5,000 have already cancelled policies or...
  • Big Increases in Obamacare Premiums and Deductibles Coming in November

    05/15/2014 3:51:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 5/15/2014 | Edward Morrissey
    The Obama administration postponed a portion of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act in order to avoid paying the political consequences of a market disruption in the group insurance sector. If new premium pricing proposals from insurer filings in the states of Virginia and Washington come to pass, the White House may have no way out of accountability for their health-care reform folly. When Obamacare first rolled out last fall, the failure of the federal and state exchanges were only the first signs of disaster. Premiums spiked upward in both the individual and group markets, and insurers raised deductibles...
  • Obamacare website back end still not fixed

    05/08/2014 8:31:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | May 7, 2014 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    So how can numbers coming from the Obama admin be reliable?That was the testimony today from insurance company executives, on the “back end” of the Obamacare website. That’s the part of the website which transmits data to and from insurance companies. It’s the part the public never sees, but it is critical to the operation of the system as to payments, enrollments, and other data. Via Capitol Cities Project: During a hearing on Capitol Hill today, insurance companies unanimously said that the Obamacare website is still not fixed. “One final question for all the panelists: Is the website fixed?,” asks...
  • Odd Connections: CGI, Stanley Inc, Analysis Corp, John Brennan

    10/23/2013 5:50:03 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 35 replies
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    He is an odd list of connections: CGI, the designer of the Obamacare website and computer system, is the parent company of Stanley, Inc., whose employees (2) along with an employee of Analyst Corp, were investigated for the State Department passport breaches involving said passports of Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and Barrack Obama. The Analyst Corp employee, one Leiutenant (his name, not rank) Quarles Harris, was reprimanded but not fired. Analyst Corp is a small company of approximately 100 employees at that time. It's CEO was at that time John Brennan, now Director of the CIA. As an side note,...
  • ObamaCare enrollees told to change passwords after Heartbleed review (Husseincare bug)

    04/19/2014 5:23:38 AM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/19/14
    WASHINGTON – People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President 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 WhiteHouse.gov...
  • 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...
  • Revealed: How Obama considered SCRAPPING healthcare.gov website just 16 days after its launch

    02/27/2014 6:42:31 PM PST · by gooblah · 13 replies
    UK Dailymail ^ | 27 February 2014 | David Martosko
    One day before the guffaw-inducing October 1 launch of the Obamacare program's healthcare.gov website, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough was telling friends that 'when we turn it on tomorrow morning, we're gonna knock your socks off.' Less than three weeks later, President Barack Obama asked McDonough whether it would ever be possible to make the website function reliably. 'Can it be patched and improved to work, or does it need to be scrapped to start over?' the top White House aide recalled the president asking him on October 17. Obama 'wanted to know if this thing is salvageable,'...
  • How many Obamacare customers have paid for their plans?

    02/13/2014 8:17:59 AM PST · by rktman · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/11/2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Democrats claim three million people have enrolled in private health insurance through Obamacare. But how many have actually paid for their plans? Several state exchanges have begun reporting the number of customers that did pay their first premiums, and some results are as low as 51 percent.
  • (MA)Gov, Connector officials under fire over botched Obamacare website

    02/12/2014 2:05:17 PM PST · by GQuagmire · 3 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Wednesday, February 12, 2014 | Chris Cassidy
    Lawmakers blasted Gov. Deval Patrick and top Health Connector administrators today for stranding Bay Staters struggling to sign up for health insurance through the state’s botched $69 million Obamacare website. “The governor continues to say no one is going to fall through the cracks,” said state Sen. James Welch (D-West Springfield), the chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. “But we hear constantly from our constituents who are falling through the cracks.” State Rep. Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg) said Patrick has been “dismissive” about the depths of the website’s problems. She also read portions of the bombshell email from...
  • 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...
  • Is the new Healthcare.gov contractor worse than the first?

    02/10/2014 8:59:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/10/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Has HHS gone from the CGI Federal frying pan into the Accenture fire? A month ago, the HHS unit responsible for Healthcare.gov dumped its original prime contractor and awarded the project to Accenture in a no-bid assignment, a move that raised eyebrows especially considering how little time was left in the enrollment cycle to get the web portal problems resolved. Now, a new Washington Post report raises even more eyebrows about the decision, given Accenture’s troubled history with federal contracts: Accenture, the contractor urgently tapped to help fix the federal health-insurance Web site, is a favorite of corporate America but...
  • 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....
  • The definition of crazy: Healthcare.gov developer, CGI gets more gov't. work after Obamacare flop

    02/05/2014 8:02:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/05/2014 | Rick Moran
    What is it about the primary cultprit behind the failure of healthcare.gov that allows them to continue to win federal contracts despite the most spectacularly incompetent website design and implementation in history? The Daily Caller is reporting that CGI, the general contractor used by CMS to build the Obamacare website, has received six additional contracts from CMS after the failures were discovered. The company that built the failed Obamacare website received six additional contracts from the Obama administration's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services after the website's disastrous launch, The Daily Caller has learned.According to a company spokesman, CGI...
  • Why Is The Public Being Stonewalled On Serious ObamaCare Fixes?

    01/27/2014 2:33:02 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 26, 2014 | Scott W. Atlas, M.D.
    ...Obama and his supporters in Congress spent a great deal of time and energy justifying the urgency of passing health care reform. The purported basis for passing the Affordable Care Act into law was to increase access and affordability of health care, mainly by increasing the number of insured people.After being heralded by his supporters and being firmly assigned the title as “the signature legislative achievement” of the Obama presidency,the law’s major provisions have finally begun. But in direct contrast to what one would rightfully expect from such a supposedly grand accomplishment,we see a strongly negative reaction from the American...
  • 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...