We already knew security concerns were tossed by the wayside – along with quality assurance and even basic functionality – in the mad dash to get the ObamaCare exchange online by the October 1 launch date. We just didn’t know how bad it was. And now CBS News tells us the Healthcare.gov project manager, Henry Chao, was “kept in the dark” about security risks that a memo from his own agency described as “limitless.”
And those security risks aren’t scheduled to be addressed until… mid-2014 or early 2015.
This is beyond ridiculous. Every responsible media outlet in America should be broadcasting warnings at the public to stay the hell away from the ObamaCare exchanges. They’re the Internet equivalent of bio-hazard zones. The government knows they aren’t safe, but they’re spending millions of our own tax dollars to lure us into them, to say nothing of the trans-Constitutional tax/penalty awaiting those who take the prudent step of avoiding them until they finally measure up to basic security standards.
According to Chao’s testimony, the security flaws could leave users vulnerable to “identity theft, unauthorized access, and misrouted data.” But if you’re one of the rapidly growing number of Americans who lost your preferred insurance plan because of the Affordable Care Act, you’re required by law to expose yourself to these dangers. Just wait until the first big wave of employer-provided plans gets killed by ObamaCare, sending tens of millions more people into this jungle of hastily-patched, insecure software junk. Hackers and identity thieves will have a field day.
The bureaucratic ineptitude behind ObamaCare continues to be astounding. None of these people takes their jobs seriously. They’re acting like kids in a candy store, not sober stewards of American liberty, security, and tax money. This is a CBS News report, but it reads like a Monty Python comedy skit:
It was Chao who recommended it was safe to launch the website Oct. 1. When shown the security risk memo, Chao said, “I just want to say that I haven’t seen this before.”
A Republican staff lawyer asked, “Do you find it surprising that you haven’t seen this before?”
Chao replied, “Yeah … I mean, wouldn’t you be surprised if you were me?” He later added: “It is disturbing. I mean, I don’t deny that this is … a fairly nonstandard way” to proceed.
“A fairly nonstandard way to proceed?” If only that were true. This sort of thing is standard operating procedure for FUBARCare.
Incidentally, the disturbing memo that Chao somehow didn’t get to read, before signing off on the security of HealthCare.gov, was written by none other than Tony Trenkle… the Chief Information Office for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who did not sign off on system security, and recently tendered his resignation. If Barack Obama was the CEO of a private company, in addition to all his other legal woes, he’d spend the rest of his life paying claims from the victims of electronic crime who believed his “company’s” openly fraudulent assurances that their system was secure.
Update: Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), who has been laboring to chisel his way through the ObamaCare stone wall and get some answers about how this debacle happened, made some killer points about the general atmosphere of incompetence surrounding the project on “Fox & Friends” Sunday. “I believe these folks knew early on that it wasn’t going to work, but were so driven by a date that they had to meet, and by the optics of it, that they went ahead full steam anyway,” Kelly said. “This is like being on the Titanic and saying, ‘There’s all kinds of icebergs out there, but you know what? Increase the speed, we’ll just bust through them.’ And now we’re watching the ship sink.”