Proponents of socialized medicine have been celebrating in recent days as the deeply flawed ObamaCare enrollment website has performed somewhat better than usual. Of course, its current successes are only as compared to a miserable Healthcare.gov rollout that has reached only 15 percent of its two-month enrollment target.
Still, as more users are able to replace their cancelled policies for a government-mandated plan, at least one industry expert says the risk for identity fraud has actually raised since the website improvements.
The administration, eager to tout its own accomplishments after promising the site would be fixed by Nov. 30, did so through a Health and Human Services report released earlier this week. While officials claimed “more than 400 bug fixes and software improvements” were “knocked … off the punch list,” cyber security expert David Kennedy disagrees.
“It doesn’t appear that any security fixes were done at all,” he said in a recent interview with the Washington Free Beacon.
As CEO of TrustedSec, Kennedy once before identified security issues within the healthcare site and offered solutions to the problems he found. Last month, he appeared before Congress, warning people not to visit the site.
According to his most recent comments, the threat is now even more pronounced.
Saying the administration was “rushing out of the door to get the site at least so it can work a little bit,” Kennedy said it led to “introducing more security flaws as you go along with it because you don’t even check that code.”
Although he found “a number of security concerns” during a cursory review of the site, he said “none of those appear to have been addressed at all.”
Noting he is “a little bit more skeptical now” than he was when his firm first discovered the security risks, Kennedy said he would “still definitely advise individuals to not use the website because it’s definitely something that I don’t believe is secure and neither did the four individuals that testified in front of Congress.”
Conservatives realized even before Obama’s election that, if implemented, his healthcare plan would be a threat to our freedom. ObamaCare has since exceeded those expectations by also threatening our very security.
–B. Christopher Agee
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