Only a few people have tried to hack into the HealthCare.gov website and no one has successfully stolen any information, Democrats in the House of Representatives said Friday.
They released parts of a classified briefing they got earlier this week from the Health and Human Services Department saying 32 security incidents had been logged since the website rolled out Oct. 1. Republicans in Congress have been asking questions about website security, since people must enter Social Security numbers and other personal information to enroll in health insurance on the site.
Included was a widely publicized case in which a North Carolina man inadvertently was sent information from a South Carolina man’s account, and 14 other incidents of what was described as accidental access to someone else’s information.
“On December 11, in order to address ongoing questions, committee members and staff received a classified briefing from Dr. Kevin Charest, the HHS Chief Information Security Officer, and Ned Holland, HHS Assistant Secretary for Administration,” Reps. Henry Waxman, a California Democrat who is ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Colorado Democrat Diana DeGette wrote in a statement.
“The briefing revealed that there have been no successful security attacks on Healthcare.gov. According to Dr. Charest, no person or group has hacked into Healthcare.gov, and no person or group has maliciously accessed any personally identifiable information from users.”
DeGette and Waxman said none of the incidents “involved a significant breach of personal information."
"All the known glitches that caused these incidents have been fixed," they added.
Separately, Politifact awarded President Barack Obama the “Lie of the Year” for his promise that people who like their health insurance plans could keep them.
“Boiling down the complicated health care law to a soundbite proved treacherous, even for its promoter-in-chief,” Politifact said.
Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee say nearly 6 million people have had their policies canceled.
Obama has apologized for his promise, but independent analysts note that policies on the individual market are frequently canceled, often lasting just six months or a year, and that some of them provided very little coverage in return for the premiums paid.
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First published December 13 2013, 12:03 PM