Good News: Only 35 Of 50 State Exchange Websites Were Deemed “High Risk”

Or is that 35 out of 58 states? Does the 58th have an Exchange? Has Obama visited it yet?

(Fox News) Security experts worried that 35 state health exchange websites were vulnerable to hackers and were rated as “high risk” for security problems before ObamaCare’s launch, documents obtained by Fox News show.

Fears that the health law’s websites could put consumers at risk have plagued the program’s rollout from the beginning, but the administration told The Associated Press that the documents offer only a partial and “outdated” snapshot of an improving situation.

While most have been fixed or are being addressed, and there have been no (reported) cyber attacks, the very fact that they would launch the websites with this knowledge and expose Americans to potential cybercrime

In order to connect to federal computers, state and other outside systems must undergo a security review and receive an “authority to connect.”

With the health care law, states needed approval to connect to a new federal data hub, an electronic back room that pings Social Security, the Internal Revenue Service, Homeland Security to verify personal details about people applying for government-subsidized insurance. The hub handles sensitive information, including income, immigration status and Social Security numbers.

The documents, seen by Fox News, showed a high-stakes decision-making process playing out against a backdrop of tension and uncertainty as the clock ran out. In one e-mail from Sept. 29, a Sunday two days before the launch, Teresa Fryer, chief information security officer for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, wrote of the state security approvals, “The front office is signing them whether or not they are a high risk.” Her agency, known as CMS, also administers the health care law.

Team Obama was more concerned with launching their websites than the security of American’s, and intentional exposed citizens to potential life-changing cybercrime. It’s not like they had years to get this right. Were they a private corporation, The Government would investigate, castigate, and possibly file charges against that company.

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6 Responses to “Good News: Only 35 Of 50 State Exchange Websites Were Deemed “High Risk””

  1. kevin says:

    That makes no sense. There are not 50 state exchanges. I think there’s only 26.

  2. kevin says:

    er “ther’re”

  3. Jeffery says:

    35 out of 26 makes it seem even worse! But consider the source was FOX News Politics beat.

    From the article:

    “The security problems cited were either resolved or are being addressed through specific actions. No successful cyberattacks have taken place, officials say.”

  4. gitarcarver says:

    As usual, Jeffery wants to shoot the messenger rather than dealing with the message.

    Maybe he would believe CBSNews which wrote: Report: More Than Two-Thirds Of State Obamacare Systems Were Initially Rated As ‘High Risk’ For Security Problems

    Hmmmm……

    And yes, the same officials who said “if you like your plan you can keep your plan,” followed with “if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor” says there are no problems. Nothing to see here. Move along.

    One has to wonder if Jeffery would trust HHS which in a written report recommended the ObamaCare site be taken down because of security concerns and then denied such concerns existed while testifying to Congress.

    However, I would bet that Jeffery’s solution, like all liberal solutions, is to throw more money at the problem. After all, money, not competency, fixes lies.

  5. Jeff missed that it is a combo Fox/AP article. And he can’t refute the information.

  6. Kevin says:

    Guys, I get that it’s fun to laugh at the silliness of the other side. But this article is just wrong.

    It’s statistically impossible for it to be true. It does us a tremendous disservice to buy into something that’s impossible. We know that obamacare hurts people in many ways. The left knows it too, although it will take them ~ 2 years to admit it.

    But if we latch our disdain of obamacare on flawed info, it makes us look dumb. I hope you’ll stop doing that.

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