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January 14, 2014

Rep. Yoho introduces GLITCH Act

Live Oak —

Friends,  

Last week the House of Representatives voted on H.R. 3811, the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act, legislation to ensure that victims of breaches of security as a result of the healthcare.gov website are notified within 48 hours. It is astonishing to me that this website would be built without proper security as the paramount concern. I am not in favor of the Affordable Care Act, however, forcing Americans to put their information on a website where their security could be compromised is absolutely egregious. 

To know of these concerns and to move forward with the website anyway is the height of irresponsibility. For that reason, I have introduced legislation that would hold the Secretary of Health and Human Services accountable for breaching the public trust by moving forward with a faulty website. The Government Lacks Insight To Choose Healthcare (GLITCH) Act reduces the salary of the Secretary of HHS by a percentage each month that the website is not operational. This bi-partisan bill is a step in holding elected officials accountable for negligence under their purview. 

The creation of a website where Americans are expected to enter personal information without security as a primary feature is negligence pure and simple. For that reason, the Secretary of HHS should be held accountable. Any other CEO or company president would be under fire for such carelessness. Elected officials should be held to the same regard, and they should be accountable to you. Identity theft has lasting and far-reaching effects and to have your information forcibly compromised by your government is an offense that should be penalized. It is my hope that even proponents of this law can understand the anger and concern many Americans have over putting their personal information onto healthcare.gov or any of the exchanges. As more legislation is introduced that will protect you from these ill effects, rest assured I will keep you informed. 

Take care,  

Ted 

 

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