House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) revealed the first prong of the House Republicans’ 2014 Obamacare agenda Thursday: expose security concerns. In a memo to Republicans, Cantor said he plans to schedule a a vote next week on a bill to “strengthen security requirements” on Healthcare.gov. Roll Call obtained a copy and printed portions of Cantor’s message. The plan includes a provision that requires ”prompt notification in the event of a breach involving personal information” to heighten security. Action by Republicans is necessary, Cantor says, because “the Administration has downplayed the risk of a data breach, perhaps in part because their primary goal is signing people up for insurance through the Exchange.”
In December, Representatives Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) issued a memo to the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Democratic Members and Staff concerning the security of HealthCare.gov. The purpose was to make public declassified portions of a briefing members had received on the state of personal information on Healthcare.gov.
“The briefing revealed that there have been no successful security attacks on Healthcare.gov. According to Dr. Charest, no person or group has hacked into Healthcare.gov, and no person or group has maliciously accessed any personally identifiable information from users,” the memo stated. There had been 32 “security incidents,” eleven remained under investigation at the time, and the remainder were not significantly concerning, or dangerous, to investigators.