According to Health and Human Services documents obtained by Judicial Watch, the Obama administration knew how vulnerable the Healthcare.gov website was prior to its 2013 launch. Even with all of the warning signs that were visible to the administration – and even with millions of Americans expected to trust the website with their sensitive information – HHS officials went forward with the launch.
The documents show that the federal government was warned repeatedly by outside security contractors that the website was insecure.
“An unsigned ‘Authorization to Operate’ prepared just five days before Obamacare’s launch, indicates that the site’s ‘validation contractor’ was ‘unable to adequately test the confidentiality and integrity of the system in full,'” wrote Judicial Watch. “That contractor, Blue Canopy, noted that they were able to access data ‘that should not be publicly accessible.'”
In a statement accompanying the publication of the documents, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said it is yet another example of how callously President Obama and the Democrats thrust this unwanted law on the American people.
“Obamacare is corrupt, as we see further proof in these FOIA documents that sensitive health information on millions of Americans was put at risk,” Fitton said. “From its start, Obamacare was a project that its promoters were determined to inflict on us whether it was ready or not. And clearly it was not. Anyone who uses the Obamacare web site does so at great risk to their private information. Let this be a lesson for those in Washington who are now trying to clean up this mess.”
Well, no one can possibly be too surprised about this, can they? The Healthcare.gov debacle was an abject embarrassment for the Obama White House, and it’s a miracle that millions of Americans did not have their identities stolen.
But even beyond the website, this law was rife with problems. And the biggest problem of all was that Obama lied to the American people. “If you want to keep your doctor,” of course, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. This law was never intended to work for long. About that, Trump is absolutely correct. It was always designed to fail. It was always designed as a stepping stone to single-payer, universal healthcare. It was and is socialism-lite, and we should never forget that.
Unfortunately, it’s a lot harder to take an entitlement program away than it is to keep it away, as we’ve seen over the last couple of months. If Washington has a lesson to learn, maybe that should be the one.