Rep. Rogers on Obamacare: Focus on Security, Not Chronology

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Monday, 02 Dec 2013 09:35 PM

By Greg Richter

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President Barack Obama should be less concerned about timelines to fix the HealthCare.gov website and more concerned about the security of Americans' private information, says U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers.

"I think they're married to this political timeline," Rogers, R-Mich., said Monday on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren."

"I think they think that their politics is mired in the success of the website," he said.

The administration over the weekend touted improvements to the troubled site where Americans who don't get insurance through their employers are being directed to sign up.

Republicans point out that people are still getting failure screens and that security concerns still aren't being addressed.

"None of it has been stress-tested," Rogers told Van Susteren. "So, they're adding new code constantly, which hasn't been vetted appropriately. And every time you add new code, it changes the ecosystem of the security of the entire website."

The government knows the website gets hits thousands of times per day by people trying to get unauthorized access, Rogers said, yet there is no coordinated effort to track the cyber-attacks.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Department of Health and Human Services, which run HealthCare.gov, couldn't even provide someone to talk in a classified setting about breaches they know have happened, Rogers said.

"That's just unconscionable," he said.

Obama could score points with the public if he closed the website until it is secure and up to industry standards, Rogers said.

Instead, he said, Obama has "just decided, I'm mired in this thing and, by God, we're going to do it no matter if people are losing their personal information or not."


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