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House Dems Defy Obama Veto Threat, Support ObamaCare Privacy Protection

House Dems Defy Obama Veto Threat, Support ObamaCare Privacy Protection

On Friday, the House passed legislation requiring the Obama Administration to notify Americans if their personal data on the ObamaCare exchanges was breached or compromised. The measure passed by an overwhelming 291-122 votes, with 67 House Dems supporting the measure in defiance of a veto threat from the White House. The vote is enough to override a veto. 

The Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act, with over 70 co-sponors, would require the federal government to quickly notify Americans in the event their personal, confidential data stored on the ObamaCare exchanges is jeopardized. “The American people have a right to know that their government is required by law to contact them if their personal information is compromised,” Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), author of the bill, said in support of the measure. 

The White House, however, claimed that the law would impose an undue burden on the federal government. More than one-third of the House Democrat caucus rejected that argument, however. The broad defection of House Democrats is a sign of continued worries about the political fallout over ObamaCare. Democrats face a potentially toxic environment in November’s midterm elections. Quite a few feel the need to get some light between themselves and ObamaCare.  

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