Obama Administration Opposes Obamacare Transparency Bill

Obama Administration Opposes Obamacare Transparency Bill

On Thursday, the Obama administration came out in strong opposition to a proposed House bill that would require weekly updates on Obamacare enrollments and technical problems. The administration opposed the transparency requirements:

The Administration opposes House passage of HR 3811 because it would create unrealistic and costly paperwork requirements that do not improve the safety or security of personally-identifiable information in the Health Insurance Marketplaces.

The Obama administration labeled the reporting requirements “administratively burdensome” and added in a statement that Obamacare “gives people greater control over their own health care and has already improved many aspects of the Nation’s health care system.”

The federal government, the White House claimed, “has already put in place an effective and efficient system for securing personally-identifiable information…[Americans] can trust that the information that they are providing is protected by stringent security standards.”

Obamacare has been plagued by significant security breaches, on both the state and federal levels. On Thursday, Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) called Obamacare’s health exchange website a “hacker’s dream.” And as Watchdog.org has observed, “there is no law requiring notification when databases run by the federal government are breached, and even though the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was asked to include a notification provision in the rules being drawn up for the new federal exchange, it declined to do so.”

Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013). He is also Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. Follow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.