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Isn’t it time to #FireSebelius?

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During testimony before the Senate Finance Committee, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was forced to admit that there is no federal requirement for ObamaCare “navigators” to undergo any criminal background check before handling exchange applicants’ sensitive personal information.

Asked by Senator John Cornyn if “a convicted felon could be a navigator and acquire sensitive personal information,” Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged, “that is possible.”

As CBS News reported (emphasis added):

As HealthCare.gov was being developed, crucial tests to ensure the security and privacy of customer information fell behind schedule.

CBS News analysis found that the deadline for final security plans slipped three times from May 6 to July 16. Security assessments to be finished June 7 slid to August 16 and then August 23. The final, required top-to-bottom security tests never got done.

The Obama administration “received steady warnings in recent months that the Obamacare exchanges were greatly flawed, but proceeded with launching them anyway.”

Rather than taking responsibility for the failures, Sebelius and others attempted to blame them on excessive traffic. John Engates, chief Technology officer at Rackspace–a “cloud hosting” company specializing in virtual private servers–dismissed such claims:

“I think that any modern Web company would be well prepared for a launch of this scale,” Engates said. “We’re not talking about hundreds of millions of people, and we’re not talking about complex transactions. This isn’t downloading full movies off of Netflix.

When Justin Hadley–whose insurance had been cancelled due to ObamaCare regulations–logged into HealthCare.gov to find a new plan, he was presented with South Carolina resident Tom Dougall’s private eligibility information to download; the document contained much of Dougall’s personal information.

Concerned about the breach, Dougall and Hadley tried to have their information removed from the website, but the HealthCare.gov exchange doesn’t allow users to delete their own accounts.

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