At a congressional hearing on Tuesday, a number of computer experts delivered a harsh verdict for the federal online health insurance exchange that is at the center of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
When asked directly if HealthCare.gov features enough security to protect consumer data, all four information technology experts testifying before a House of Representatives committee said “no.” Three of the experts went on to say that the federal website, which is meant to handle insurance coverage for subscribers in 36 states, should be shut down until better security was installed. The fourth experts indicated that he lacked enough information to make that assessment, Reuters notes.
HealthCare.gov launched last month, but has been plagued with technical glitches and an inability to handle large numbers of consumers trying to access the website. President Obama has apologized for the problems and vowed to have the website fixed by Dec. 1.
Republicans have highlighted the websites continuing problems and the low number of Obamacare enrollments as they continue to push for the program’s repeal.
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