Security of Personal Information is an Administrative Burden on Government

That’s what the Obama administration claims, and they’re actually serious.

The House of Representatives last Friday passed and sent to the Senate the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act, HR 3811, by 291-122, with 67 (!) Democrats voting in the affirmative, also.

The one-sentence bill says that no later than two business days after any security breach on an ObamaCare site is discovered, “the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall provide notice of such breach to each individual.”

In response to that one sentence bill (who says we need 2,000 pages to write a bill?), the Obama administration, through its OMB, issued a one-page statement decrying the bill, saying, in part,

The Administration opposes House passage of HR3811 because it would create unrealistic and costly paperwork requirements that do not improve the safety or security of personally-identifiable information in the Health Insurance Marketplaces.

After all, the administration said, the Web site is fine, and Americans’ information is secure.  We said so.  So why should we have to tell anyone their information has been stolen or leaked?  They don’t need to know, and telling them would work a hardship on us.

Never mind that this “hardship” is answered by private enterprise as a matter of unfortunate routine.  Is the administration terrified that Obamacare security breaches might surpass the recent Target breach?  Or are they just worried about the political hardship news of such a breach might work on them in the ballot box?

Oh, and half the OMB statement was wholly irrelevant to the issue at hand, being devoted to Obama’s campaign speech of how wonderful Obamacare is.

The statement can be seen here.

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