Since its roll out, Healthcare.gov, President Obama’s premier government owned healthcare website has been plagued with numerous problems and now adding to the problems, consumer personal private information is also not secure, the Heritage Foundation warned on Saturday.
The Associated Press first reported the security issues when they obtained a government document showing that administration officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services were concerned that a lack of testing posed a potentially “high” security risk for the HealthCare.gov website.
However, according to the document, AP said that it showed that the website was granted a temporary security certificate so it could operate and the Heritage Foundation has provided proof.
Consumer Justin Hadley, who is from North Carolina, told Kelsey Harris and Rob Bluey of the Heritage Foundation that he logged on to HealthCare.gov to research his insurance options after his health plan was canceled.
Once he was able to get into the site after multiple attempts, to his surprise, he ended up viewing eligibility letters addressed to two individuals in another state.
The two individuals are from South Carolina and Heritage has a screenshot of one of the individuals, an attorney.
Hadley told Heritage, “I was in complete shock.”
“If I have their information, then who else has my information now?”
In related news, the Republican-led House Ways and Means Committee may subpoena the Obama administration in an effort to obtain enrollment numbers for the new health care exchanges.
Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., the committee's chairperson said, “We are facing a crisis. “The failed launch of the exchanges combined with the millions of cancellation notices is putting Americans health care coverage at risk.”
The GOP recently created a website in where consumers can speak about their experience with the healthcare.gov website.