Barring a Miracle, ObamaCare’s Data Hub — the ‘Death Panels Death Star’ — Will Not Be Fully Operational (or Secure)
This is a clip from one of the Star Wars movies about the status of the death star’s deflector shield:
If I recall correctly, that deflector shield, promised as operational in the clip, was indeed operational when it had to be.
On the other hand, Obamacare’s deflector shield — y’know, the one that supposedly will shield those who enroll in Obamacare from having their privacy invaded and their identities stolen by hackers who attempt to invade its “data hub” (which should be dubbed the “Death Panels Death Star”) and has to be ready by October 1 — is far from operational, and appears unlikely to be ready by that deadline.
ObamaCare Poses a Massive Privacy Risk
Despite repeated assurances that the ObamaCare data hub is on schedule, a government audit finds that vital security measures to protect private information likely won’t be ready by Oct. 1. The implications are profound.
As far back as December 2012, Obama administration officials were insisting that the data hub at the center of the ObamaCare exchanges was nearly finished.
Yet all the while, they were pushing back deadlines or missing them altogether, to the point where, unless ObamaCare’s launch is delayed, millions of people’s privacy will be at risk.
Obama officials may, in fact, have flat-out lied to lawmakers about the data hub’s progress.
… just weeks after a top official said that the hub would pose no threat to anyone’s privacy, an HHS inspector general’s report, released just last Friday, shows that the administration is months behind schedule in making sure the new data hub is secure.
A “security control assessment” that had been scheduled for mid-May, for example, still hasn’t been done.
And HHS’s chief information officer will now have just 10 days to review the final security assessment report before the hub goes live, instead of the seven weeks originally planned.
… “A honey pot for hackers” is how Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., described it.
… If there were ever a reason to delay ObamaCare, this is it.
Because of the need to keep my excerpt limited, I completely skipped the editorial’s verbiage relating to the status of agreements and security testing with other government agencies which will have access to or interface with the hub. So do read the whole thing.
Is it too cynical to suggest that the Obama administration considers that lack of privacy and security controls a feature and not a bug?
Before rejecting that idea, remember this, which WAS deliberate.