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.