The Obamacare website leaked an attorney's personal information to another man seeking health insurance through the site's exchanges — and the Department of Health and Human Services failed to take the information down until the situation was mentioned on the Senate floor.
"We logged on and compared some prices," the attorney, Thomas Dougall, told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren
. "[We] came home last Friday night to have a young man from a completely different state calling to tell me that when he logged on to try to get health insurance because he got dropped from his company, or was going to be dropped, he got all my personal information in exchange."
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That man was identified by WIS TV in Columbia, S.C.
, as Justin Hadley from Burlington, N.C.. Dougall lives in Columbia.
Dougall claimed he has been trying to report the incident to HHS, but hadn't gotten a return phone call until Tuesday afternoon, after South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott asked Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner
about the incident during the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee hearing.
Tavenner said that HHS had reached out to Dougall, "several times," to which Scott replied, "He doesn't think so actually, because nobody's called him."
By 3:50 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, Dougall's information was removed from the HealthCare.gov
"Miraculously it appears they have granted my request and taken all my information and account off the website, Dougall told Van Susteren.
He said he's still worried about the security breach.
"I never feel good about having a security breach," he said. "I was lucky in that a very nice young man who's trying to look out for his family had the sense to call me and explain what was going on."
Further Dougall said, he is skeptical that he's the only person in the United States to have information at risk.
"I don't know who else besides Justin in North Carolina has my information," said Dougall. He said that at first, everybody was being told the website was secure, but finally, HHS admitted his information was not secure at all.
"I have no faith in that system anymore," said Dougall.
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