Despite administration claims the kinks are slowly being worked out of the ObamaCare enrollment website, lingering concerns about user security led one official to recommend scrapping the troubled site and starting anew.
Republican Rep. Mike Rogers, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, recently indicated he believes criminals could use weaknesses in healthcare.gov system to gain access to individuals’ private information.
“I know that they’ve called in another private entity to try to help with the security of it,” he said in an interview Sunday. “The problem is, they may have to redesign the entire system.”
Rogers said security risks are an inherent risk because of “the way the system is designed,” noting seven separate federal government agencies have access and administrative power over distinct areas of the site. The porous nature of that setup, he explained, increases the possibility of personal data being swiped by a cyber criminal.
That aspect, he added, is the “weakest, most vulnerable part” of the site, adding “it was clear to me they don’t have those boundaries secure.”
While federal sources, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, claimed the site was developed with security in mind, Rogers said its design leaves many concerns unaddressed.
Americans — including about 700,000 who have already submitted applications — were told the site would not store personal data, though many find that claim hard to believe.
Rogers noted the site and agencies involved in its implementation would “have to store your application at some point,” citing his concern “that they do not have an overarching, solid cybersecurity plan to prevent the loss of private information.”
After spending an outrageous amount of taxpayer money to develop a site for a product the majority of Americans don’t want, the administration is trying desperately to save face as healthcare.org continues to falter. With the added danger of identity theft identified by Rogers and others, there seems little chance to reverse public opinion.
–Western Journalism staff writer
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