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Moran, Jenkins back bill on more Obamacare transparency, security

By The Herald Staff | 1/10/2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama Administration should be doing more to protect Americans from the negative consequences of Obamacare’s implementation, two top Kansas politicians said Friday.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., sponsored two bills this week aimed at safeguarding individuals and families amid the new health care reform.

WASHINGTON — The Obama Administration should be doing more to protect Americans from the negative consequences of Obamacare’s implementation, two top Kansas politicians said Friday.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., sponsored two bills this week aimed at safeguarding individuals and families amid the new health care reform.

“Americans are tired of politically motivated distractions and broken promises related to Obamacare,” Moran said Friday. “While this administration continues to spend taxpayer dollars on this flawed law’s problematic implementation, it still refuses to provide a true account of how money is being spent or how the website is performing. Given the administration’s misrepresentations regarding the readiness of the [Obamacare Insurance Exchange], I am extremely concerned about the security of Americans’ personal information in the exchange. These commonsense bills would increase transparency surrounding Obamacare’s implementation and help address the serious privacy and data security concerns associated with the law.”

The Exchange Information Disclosure Act would require the Obama Administration to disclose detailed information about the performance of the Obamacare health insurance Exchange website, HealthCare.Gov. The other bill, the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act, would increase the Administration’s responsibility for safeguarding personal information of exchange users in response to growing security concerns about the website.

The House of Representatives passed its own version of the latter bill with broad bipartisan support, including that of U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan.

“Experts have repeatedly raised red flags about the security of the information people are submitting to the Obamacare exchanges and a former Social Security Administrator even described the website as a ‘hacker’s dream,’” Jenkins said this week, speaking on behalf of the bill on the House floor. “Important questions about the website’s security remain unanswered, and Americans, especially those who have lost their plans due to the president’s health care law, deserve some peace-of-mind that their information is safe from cyber thieves.”

A House vote on legislation similar to the Exchange Information Disclosure Act is expected as soon as next week.

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