As I scanned Politico this morning I saw an article regarding a bill you and several of your colleagues have introduced concerning the security of the Healthcare.gov website. I would imagine that the site would need to collect a considerable amount of personal information and that the security of that information is of great concern to everyone. In order to protect the data a user inputs into the site the following warning is attached to the website:
Unauthorized attempts to upload information and/or change information on this web site are strictly prohibited and are subject to prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and Title 18 U.S.C. Sec.1001 and 1030.
How does that warning fail to speak to your concern regarding the Healthcare.gov website? I do, however, believe you are correct; as consumers we should all be afforded the most vigorous of protection from website hacking. Recently it has been widely reported that Target was the victim of a hacking venture where credit card information of some 40 million customers was stolen. I suspect that, unless you and your colleagues act, we will hear other reports of companies’ and/or government agencies’ websites being hacked and volumes of personal information stolen.
I would hope that you require all websites that are hacked to publicly report that invasion to each and every individual whose information has been compromised. This should be a minimal universal requirement. This would be a pragmatic solution to a real problem. Don’t you agree?
I just thought I would donate my two cents to the debate on your op-ed page about medical care through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
I get my health care at VA Outpatient Clinic New Port Richey and the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, in Tampa, when needed. The care available at both facilities is exceptionally good. If the care provided under the Affordable Care Act were as good we would all be miles ahead of those who want to see the ACA fail.
The need for VA care has grown since the advent of the Bush wars in the Middle East, but no significant funding has been provided by Congress to support veterans services. Instead, this Congress has done little but propose cuts to those services.