Washington, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young today supported bipartisan legislation to curtail one of the many shortfalls within the President’s healthcare law. The bill seeks to place accountability on federal agencies responsible for implementing the law, while providing Americans with real-time information regarding security failures.
H.R. 3811, the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act of 2014, works to increase security and protect highly sensitive personal and medical information on the unsecure and untested Healthcare.gov website. The bill requires notification of an individual whose personal information is compromised in a security breach; greatly reducing the risk of identity theft.
“The information we’re seeing in Congress is that these systems are untested and unsecure,” said Congressman Don Young. “I owe it to the people of Alaska to make sure this Administration is not reckless with sensitive personal information. This Administration has had 4 years to build the infrastructure to house this complicated, overgrown bureaucracy and still fails to hit the mark. It’s my responsibility to fix this problem for my constituents, even if it happens one bill at a time.”
End-to-end security testing has yet to be performed on the Healthcare.gov website in large part due to the failures of the Obamacare rollout that affected millions of Americans attempting to sign-up for the health exchange. U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency responsible for administrating much of the healthcare law, says end-to-end testing cannot be completed until all parts of the system are built.
Supporters of H.R. 3811, which includes 67 House Democrats, have pointed to reports by CMS Chief Information Officer who detailed six “disturbing” security concerns before the website’s launch in October and reports that an applicant’s information was shared with another during the enrollment process.
Congressman Young’s efforts to relieve the hardship and pain inflicted upon Alaskans by Obamacare have been clear from the beginning. With over 40 votes to repeal the law, Congressman Young says his intentions are very clear, “this bill needs to be delayed, replaced, and repealed because it causes more harm than good and the Alaskan people do not want it.”
H.R. 3811, the House of Representatives 48th attempt to repeal or fix the President’s healthcare law since Republicans retook the majority in 2011, passed today by a vote of 291-122 with the help of 67 House Democrats – the most ever to cross the aisle on a legislative adjustment to Obamacare. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, offered the following statement after the vote.