Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) did a guest spot on C-SPAN on Wednesday, one day after the House Energy and Commerce Committee tackled the issue of security at Healthcare.gov.
Tonko responded to callers who held a variety of opinions on the government rollout of Obamacare, telling the C-SPAN host people need to “give it a few months.”
Acknowledging problems with the rollout, Tonko said, “It’s evolving.”
Tonko defended the bill, claiming New Yorkers have already benefited. He did not mention the impact, however, once federal money sharply declines. New York already has a high individual tax rate, and the state and consumers will pick up most of the tab after several years.
Tonko said there are “kinks” in the system, but he also said, “The security of the system is proven to be very strong.”
Tonko’s claims about security were at odds with expert testimony on Tuesday when the House buy modafinil online sun pharmachaired by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) held a hearing specifically devoted to the security of data on the government site.
One problem involves the amount of data a user must submit in order to consider plans.
Two experts told the Science Committee security “wasn’t built into the site from the very beginning.”
As the hearings were held, President Barack Obama’s Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in Miami to talk with so-called “navigators” who are supposed to help people sign up. While Sebelius visited, a local CBS affiliate said one navigator told her the site was down again.
Tonko’s claims about the program “evolving” are accurate. Alternative media and non-government allied media reported the Obamacare website won’t be fixed as the administration promised by Nov. 30.
Government-friendly media used a kinder approach, saying the website wouldn’t be “perfect” by the promised deadline.
buy modafinil singapore, in a story about the buy modafinil paypal hearings, said, “All four cyber security experts unanimously concurred that, given the security issues, Americans should not use the site at present.”
One caller to C-SPAN voiced a common complaint—there’s no way at present to shop for a plan on the website without turning over a large amount of private information.
(Filed by Kay B. Day/Nov. 20, 2013)
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