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The House’s first week back at work this year began much like last year ended: with a vote to change the new health care law.
The GOP-led House passed legislation Friday that would require any breach of security in an Obamacare website to be made public within two days.
The House bill would require the Department of Health and Human Service to notify individuals, within two business days, of a breach of any security system maintained by a federal or state health care exchange that is known to have resulted in personally identifiable information being stolen or unlawfully accessed.
The House has voted over 40 times to repeal or replace a piece or all of the Affordable Care Act. The security bill is all but guaranteed to be ignored by the Senate.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the bill "silly" during her weekly press conference Thursday, claiming that the website contains no personal health information to steal.
"I'm going to vote no on that," Pelosi said, "I'm not particularly concerned about who votes yes or no on that, it's a sort of an egregious kind of thing."
The White House opposes the bill on the ground that it “would create unrealistic and costly paperwork requirements that do not improve the safety or security of personally-identifiable information in the Health Insurance Marketplaces.”
The premise of the bill resulted in pushback from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services earlier this month, which said that "the privacy and security of consumers' personal information are a top priority for us."
"When consumers fill out their online Marketplace applications, they can trust that the information that they are providing is protected by stringent security standards," CMS Spokesman, Aaron Albright told NBC in a statement, "To date, there have been no successful security attacks on Healthcare.gov and no person or group has maliciously accessed personally identifiable information from the site."