GOP-led House will kick off 2014 like it spent most of 2013
January 2nd, 2014
04:44 PM ET
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GOP-led House will kick off 2014 like it spent most of 2013

Washington (CNN) - The GOP-led House of Representatives will kick off 2014 – a midterm election year – addressing an issue it spent much of last year debating: Obamacare.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced Thursday the House's first order of business when it returns next week from its extended holiday break would be a vote on legislation to address potential security risks for personal information collected on the Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov.

In a memo to House Republicans, Cantor compared security problems with HealthCare.gov and other state-based online insurance exchanges to the high-profile hacking that Target experienced last month when the retailer admitted millions of shoppers'personal financial information was compromised.

Cantor pointed to a recent report from Experian, a credit rating company, which predicted the health care industry was especially vulnerable to data security breaches in 2014. He also said four House committees held hearings at the end of last year demonstrating that the protections put in place by the Obama administration for HealthCare.gov were not sufficient.

"To date, the Administration has downplayed the risk of a data breach, perhaps in part because their primary goal is signing people up for insurance through the Exchange," Cantor stated in his memo, arguing there is no system in place to notify those who might be affected by a security problems.

Drew Hammill, spokesman for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, panned Cantor's announcement, saying next week’s vote was another GOP effort to undermine the law and “that effort even extends to scaring their constituents from obtaining health coverage. “

“Six million Americans began enjoying the security of health coverage this week, including 2.1 million Americans who have enrolled in a private health insurance plan through health insurance marketplaces,” Hammill said.

Aaron Albright, spokesman for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which administers the website, told CNN all personal information entered by those who enrolled in health insurance online is protected.

"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. Security testing is conducted on an ongoing basis using industry best practices to appropriately safeguard consumers’ personal information," Albright wrote in a statement. Albright also said the site uses sensor and other security tools to prevent any unauthorized access.

House GOP legislation, according to Cantor, will "strengthen security requirements as well as require prompt notification in the event of a breach involving personal information."

Republicans already planned to make the midterm election a referendum on the President's signature health care law, so the vote next week will be the first among a string of Obamacare-related votes that will likely stretch into the fall. House Speaker John Boehner and other top GOP leaders have made it clear continued oversight of the law and attempts to roll it back would remain a top focus in 2014.

Cantor's memo promised more action would be coming.

"These steps will be part of the overall effort to protect the American people from the harmful effects of Obamacare by ultimately repealing and replacing the law with patient focused reforms that expand access, ensure quality care, and help control costs."


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soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    When was there any time the republicans cared about Americans? These congressional idiots are merely doing what the Koch brothers have paid them to do: obstruct and destroy our government.

    January 2, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    Leave it to republicans to try and fix something that does not exist. Stupid goopers.

    January 2, 2014 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced Thursday the House's first order of business when it returns next week from its extended holiday break would be a vote on legislation to address potential security risks for personal information collected on the Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov.
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    Your first order of business should be extending unemployment benefits. Then it should be passing immigration reform. If attacking the ACA is your strategy for 2014, then it's a losing strategy.

    January 2, 2014 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. O'drama ya Mama

    So what they are telling us is they have no intention of passing any legislation unless it involves a FULL REPEAL of Obamacare. Thanks for the heads up that you will be wasting our time yet again.

    January 2, 2014 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. O'drama ya Mama

    For the record this will be the 3rd election that the GOP is running on Obamacare and yet they still have accomplished none of their goals.

    January 2, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Smitty

    Obama care has been and is still a disaster, not a fan of the repubs, however they were right on this one. After 40k new laws last yr we don't need anymore in fact we should empty both houses.

    January 2, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. carlos

    It looks like more of the same, until Nov. These guys (GOP) don't want to govern. They should be relieved of that responsibility.

    January 2, 2014 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    "GOP-led House will kick off 2014 like it spent 2013,,,,,,

    Meaning, they will spend 3/4 of their time on vacation, oh, I mean campaigning, and 1/4 of their time Obama bashing.

    January 2, 2014 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  9. Tampa Tim

    There are countless things that the republican house could work on that would help Americans, but they continue to beat a dead horse. Stupid goopers should stay on vacation.

    January 2, 2014 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. Silence DoGood

    So after conservative hackers attempted to bring down the site with attacks (various news articles), the GOP is warning us about security of the site? Like they care.

    January 2, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    Forget about these BUFFOONS of USA. GOP so pretty much gone to dogs for fifty years or so. True.
    PS: because awareness is more and rampant of these nasty GOP thugs.

    January 2, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. Silence DoGood

    @Tampa Tim "Leave it to republicans to try and fix something that does not exist. Stupid goopers."
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    Sadly, it does exist but it comes from conservative computer hackers out there trying to break the system. This is more of a heads up of what the GOP hopes will succeed. GOP, the moral party, right?

    January 2, 2014 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. don in albuquerque

    President Lincoln would be sooooooo impressed.

    January 2, 2014 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. rs

    So, Republicans are going continue to battle against America, threaten to shut down government, and hold up economic stimulus or recovery. Now that we know that up front- can we move to charges of treason and sedition?

    January 2, 2014 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. bill

    where does cnn find the people who post this stuff? most of them have no clue. one can't even put a coherent sentence together.and the rest must be getting paid by the number of post's per day.

    January 2, 2014 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. ironman59

    Wow. I figured the answer would be "on vacation". Pretty much what they did most of the year. Either that or having phony hearings on events that were nothing more than fundraising circuses.

    January 2, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. Ol' Yeller

    What happened to the 'Jobs Jobs, Jobs' plank they ran on?
    This is what my Granny used to caution me about... putting all your eggs in one basketcase.

    January 2, 2014 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. ChrisM

    I really have to laugh at those republicans in the house. They really think the ACA will win them the 2014 elections in the house and senate . Such foolish GOPers. The more Americans sign up for the ACA the more you lose. In fact I will be surprised if McConnell wins his seat back in Ky.

    January 2, 2014 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. don in albuquerque

    @bill---–Uhhhh, check your caps and punctuation before talking about coherent sentences.

    January 2, 2014 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. Flagship, NC

    They are one sad group of do nothing repubs. They need to be replaced.

    January 2, 2014 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. Jay

    No surprise there!!

    January 2, 2014 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  22. Tony

    Keep doing the same thing and hope the result will be different. Definition of the GOP.

    January 2, 2014 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  23. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Just more GOP BS and scare tactics that will be proven failures just like the rest of GOP Koch brothers BS!!!!

    January 2, 2014 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  24. Babyboomer

    This is so sad. What's the definition of insanity? " Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results."

    January 2, 2014 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  25. Rick McDaniel

    Expect the GOP to cave in on the debt ceiling yet again...........and allow Obama to increase our debt by ANOTHER trillion dollars in 2014.

    January 2, 2014 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
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