October 27th, 2013
10:21 AM ET
11 months ago

Rogers: HealthCare.gov isn't secure

Washington (CNN) - The Republican head of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday that problems with the Obamacare website might leave its potential consumers at risk of identity theft and other cyber crimes. The website, which is supposed to service enrollees in President Barack Obama's signature health care program, came under fire in congressional hearings last week.

On CNN's "State of the Union," Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, told Candy Crowley that HealthCare.gov is vulnerable to cyberattacks and that the contractors charged with building the website's infrastructure may need to do a complete overhaul.


"They way that the system is designed, it is not secure," Rogers said. "They may have to redesign the entire system."

The Michigan Republican cautioned that, despite the insistence of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that the site does not store data from customers, there is active collection and storing of consumer information at the weakest points of the website's infrastructure.

"It was very clear to me in the hearing that they do not have an overarching, solid cybersecurity plan to prevent the loss of private information," Rogers said.

In a blog post published Saturday, Sebelius addressed concerns about the system's vulnerability to attacks, reiterating what numerous contractors told Congress during testimony last week: that HealthCare.gov "doesn't retain or store information." Calling the online marketplace a "model of efficiency and security," Sebelius said that the "hub is not a database" and thus will not leave users exposed to cyberthreats.


Filed under: cybersecurity • Health care • Kathleen Sebelius • Mike Rogers
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. the hippies were right

    All you Obama haters think you are such experts on this Obamacare disaster, as you call it. Funny thing, any intelligent person knows you only know what you get from the media. You weren't there during the design of the website, you can't name 5 things about the ACA. You are basing your opinions off of Fox and Rush's opinion, and commenting as though you are experts. Every comment I read is an echo of Fox "spews" talking points. All opinions and no facts. One fact most of you aren't aware of is the majority of "Obamacare" hasn't even kicked in yet. Businesses of over 50 employees aren't required to follow the new rules until 2015. If rates are rising and people are being laid off, it's because of greedy employers using Obamacare to keep you from blaming them for screwing you. The website is for enrollment purposes. It needs fixing. That doesn't mean Obamacare has problems, only the enrollment website. Try to get some real facts at healthcare.gov prior to making a fool of yourself.

    October 27, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. Name

    If free market healthcare wasn't broken, govt wouldn't have to step in and mess with it. So once again, low wage paying greedy capitalists have caused govt growth, which they then turn around and complain about. Violence and bullying are just symptoms of no jobs and stagnant wages. No jobs and stagnant wages caused by 30 years of GOP supply side economics.

    October 27, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. Name

    CEO is responsible for everything? Look how many banksters have been punished for causing the Greco recession!

    October 27, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. Michael Benjamin

    No website is completely secure.

    October 27, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    More scare tactics. Nobody except the crazies believe anything you fools say anymore.
    I believe, like the daily show, that voting makes you gay teaklans. For you so called christians and bible thumpers that should scare you to stay home and not vote.

    October 27, 2013 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio conservatives,the garbage of America.

    We will take our chances, we all know the NS A isn't listening, but it's listening to the people that ARE listening!!!!!!

    October 27, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. buongiorno

    no wonder nothing gets done there are no leaders ILL SAY IT AGAIN WITH CONVICTION THERE R NO LEADERS

    October 27, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
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