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Hatch on the Hacking of Healthcare.gov
SALT LAKE CITY – U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement today after the Department of Health and Human Services reported that hackers infiltrated Healthcare.gov:
“Today’s news that Healthcare.gov was hacked should come as a surprise to no one. Despite numerous warnings from myself and other lawmakers that security breaches were possible, Healthcare.gov underwent virtually no independent security testing. Securely holding the personal information for millions of Americans must be a priority. It’s yet another deeply disturbing failure of the President’s health law, and once again it is the American people who are bearing the brunt of the law’s failures.”
NOTE: Last year, Hatch introduced the Trust But Verify Act, legislation to delay enrollment for both the federal and state health insurance exchanges until the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in consultation with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) can certify the necessary privacy and data security parameters are in place.
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