Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) wrote an oped at Breitbart.com, today calling on the Obama administration to pull the plug on the unsecure ObamaCare web portal.
This week, the Science Committee, which I chair, held a hearing to examine security and privacy concerns about the Obamacare website. We heard from witnesses outside the government who are experts in cybersecurity and hacking websites. They provided a convincing evidence of the vulnerabilities that underlie Healthcare.gov.
One of our witnesses, David Kennedy, is a “white hat hacker,” who is hired by companies around the world to test the security of their online systems by essentially hacking their websites. During the hearing, Mr. Kennedy gave a demonstration of the healthcare.gov website’s vulnerabilities showing in real-time that hackers can access personal information on the website. It’s clear that not only is the website vulnerable, it’s under attack.
When asked whether he believed the website had already been compromised by hackers, Mr. Kennedy testified that he believed the website has either already been hacked or soon will be.
The massive amount of personal information collected by the Healthcare.gov website creates a tempting target for scam artists. Identity theft jeopardizes credit ratings and personal finances.
Here are some real-life examples of people who have already had misfortune after using the Obamacare website. Mr. Thomas Dougall of South Carolina received a surprise phone call from a stranger one Friday evening explaining that he had just downloaded a letter off the Healthcare.gov website containing Dougall’s personal information.
And when Lisa Martinson of Missouri called Healthcare.gov’s customer service after forgetting her password, she was told three different people were given access to her account, address and social security number.
Aside from technological vulnerabilities, it turns out that federal employees—called navigators—who help users apply for insurance on the Healthcare.gov website have not received background checks. Yet they are able to access the personal information of thousands of people.
These threats to Americans’ well-being and financial security should make us question the future of Obamacare. Perhaps it is time to take Obamacare off of life support. Americans deserve a healthcare system that works and that they can trust.
I’m going to go on the record, right now, and say – you couldn’t pay me to go on that website. I want no part of it. Not now – not ever. I feel very fortunate that I’m not in a position – like millions of other Americans – where I need to. I can only imagine the angst of people who have lost their insurance and have been herded into insecure ObamaCrash website.
Congress has been duly warned by a panel of IT experts that ObamaCrash has numerous security flaws, but Democrats – being creatures of habit – lashed out at republicans for exaggerating the problem in order to scare away the young healthies who have no real interest in buying health insurance, but whose “contributions” into the health insurance exchanges are so badly in need of being redistributed. Some even accuse Republicans of “Sabotaging” ObamaCare (or the Affordable Care Act as Democrats now insist on calling it.)
Think of the lawsuits that are in the federal government’s future because it has been so careless and reckless about the roll out of this website. If they had any sense, they would pull the plug, right now – but Obama’s ego won’t let them. That’s why they went full steam ahead when the train wasn’t anywhere near ready roll. The “No drama Obama” culture in the White House ensures that the trains run on time, and if things don’t work out, we blame Republicans. Of course, Democrats look like fools when they try, since they passed the stupid thing on a party line vote, and Republicans have voted to repeal it umpteen times.
Given the latest polls showing record hostility toward ObamaCare and its namesake, another vote to repeal it wouldn’t be a bad idea, right now.
Here’s a discussion, last night on Special Report about new evidence that reveals the Regime knew, last Spring, that the website was way behind schedule and riddled with problems:
Keith Koffler, Politico Magazine: 10 People Obama Should Fire Over HealthCare.gov
But no president could have pulled off HealthCare.gov alone. After all, as he put it, “I don’t write code.” It truly takes a team effort to come up with something so impressively catastrophic.
Indeed, this serving of Pasta Fiasco was whipped up by a cadre of chefs, toiling together in spectacular incompetence, each doing their part to create one of the greatest flops in modern political history.
Each should be marched right out of the kitchen with alacrity. But Obama, who once said during another crisis — the 2010 Gulf oil spill — that he was searching for an “ass to kick,” hasn’t really found one this time.
And yet, with respect to the creation of HealthCare.gov, there’s really no shortage of asses. Herewith, as a service to our flummoxed commander in chief, 10 candidates for the chopping block.