Rep. Marsha Blackburn: Obamacare Security Threat Still Exists

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 01:32 PM

By Courtney Coren

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While the country is focused on other urgent matters at home and around the world, Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee says that there are still serious security issues with the Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov.

"When it comes specifically to the security threat, absolutely it still exists," Blackburn told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV on Thursday.

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"When you go to HealthCare.gov and you enter your information, it goes to the Department of Homeland Security, the HHS, Health and Human Services, it also goes to the IRS, it exits the federal system and goes to Equifax, comes back into the federal system to the IRS, it exits the system and goes to Circo and then comes back into the HealthCare.gov platform," she explained.

"So the security still — the threat still exists there," the Tennessee Republican added.

Blackburn says that individuals using the federal healthcare website need to keep watch of their financial accounts in case of a breach.

"Now, what I would encourage individuals to do is just constantly monitor their bank accounts, their credit card accounts, all of their what is called PII, Personal Identifying Information, and then for their own computer systems I would set my privacy settings at the very highest level," she added.

"If they're not certain how to make those settings they should contact their ISP, their Internet Service Provider, and go through the prompts with that online service to be sure that they are escalating their filters to the highest possible level and cutting out a lot of the spam," Blackburn said.

"When you have a data breach that occurs with either a federal or a commercial site and of course some of our healthcare providers and insurance companies are seeing breaches, we have cyber-attacks that are conducted on our system thousands of times a day," the vice chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee says.

"I would get those settings as high as possible," she added.

Blackburn says that Congress will "continue this investigation into the debacle of the rollout."

"We're continuing to get these documents and emails that show what HHS and [Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services] did and did not do and we will keep people informed as to where this investigation is."

According to Fox News, the Obama administration will not turn over the security software information because of a fear that hackers will get a hold of it to access the data of HealthCare.gov users.

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