You may want to want to place fraud alerts on your credit if you’re planning to buy health insurance through an ObamaCare exchange. According to a report yesterday from Reuters, the administration is far behind on testing data security for ObamaCare’s state health insurance exchanges:
The federal government is months behind in testing data security for the main pillar of Obamacare: allowing Americans to buy health insurance on state exchanges due to open by October 1.
The missed deadlines have pushed the government’s decision on whether information technology security is up to snuff to exactly one day before that crucial date, the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general said in a report.
As a result, experts say, the exchanges might open with security flaws or, possibly but less likely, be delayed.
“They’ve removed their margin for error,” said Deven McGraw, director of the health privacy project at the non-profit Center for Democracy & Technology. “There is huge pressure to get (the exchanges) up and running on time, but if there is a security incident they are done. It would be a complete disaster from a PR viewpoint.”
The most likely serious security breach would be identity theft, in which a hacker steals the social security numbers and other information people provide when signing up for insurance.
There is next to no chance that the Obama Administration will delay implementation of the insurance exchanges, despite all the problems states are dealing with in the mad rush to beat the October 1st deadline, because they took a big PR hit with the employer mandate delay.
They may actually be willing to risk the gamble to launch state exchanges without proper security in place. And though the administration may try to play down this report, exposure of sensitive data through hacking by criminals both inside and outside the country is a very real threat.
By the sound of it, they’re crossing their fingers that no instances of identity theft or hacking occur. That’s a helluva way to implement any policy, especially an already bad law like ObamaCare.