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One-Third of Individuals Who Have Signed Up for Obamacare Might Not Get the Coverage They’re Expecting Next Month

ARE YOU KIDDING ME … THE CHAOS CONTINUES!

From the WAPO, just because you signed up for healthcare thru the Obamacare web site, does not necessarily mean that you are enrolled. UNREAL. So now you can’t keep the insurance that you were forced to enroll in that you didn’t want in the first place because the insurance plan you had was canceled by Obamacare. So as ABC News reports, New Obamacare Headache: Is Your Enrollment Real? It is absolutely unbelievable that after all the lies, misinformation, glitches, failed web site and bad law, now those that go to the website do not even know if their enrollment is real. This goes beyond a head shaking moment.

But two days later, his insurer has no record of the transaction, Shlora said, even though his account on the government website indicates that he has a plan.

“I feel like this: My application was taken … by a bureaucrat, it was put on a conveyor belt and it’s still going around, and it’s never going to leave the building,” he said. “I’ve lost hope. If it happens, great.”

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The enrollment records for a significant portion of the Americans who have chosen health plans through the online federal insurance marketplace contain errors — generated by the computer system — that mean they might not get the coverage they’re expecting next month.

The errors cumulatively have affected roughly one-third of the people who have signed up for health plans since Oct. 1, according to two government and health-care industry officials. The White House disputed the figure but declined to provide its own.

The mistakes include failure to notify insurers about new customers, duplicate enrollments or cancellation notices for the same person, incorrect information about family members, and mistakes involving federal subsidies. The errors have been accumulating since HealthCare.gov opened two months ago, even as the Obama administration has been working to make it easier for consumers to sign up for coverage, the government and industry officials said.

Figuring out how to clean up the backlog of errors and prevent similar ones in the future is emerging as the new imperative if the federal insurance exchange is to work as intended. The problems were the subject of a meeting Monday between administration officials and a new “Payer Exchange Performance Team” made up of insurance industry leaders.

The idea that one-third of the enrollment records are flawed “doesn’t accurately reflect the picture of what’s happening right now,” White House senior communications adviser Tara Mc­Guinness said.

“White Hat” Hacker David Kennedy Says … “No Security Ever Built into Obamacare Web Site”

WHAT A MESS … Get ready for the Identity Theft that is going to be a result of the Obamacare web site where no security was ever put in place …

From CNBC comes the following frightening revelations. The security issues with the beleaguered web site are even worse than thought. David Kennedy, a cybersecurity expert told CNBC the unthinkable, ”When you develop a website, you develop it with security in mind. And it doesn’t appear to have happened this time.”  He was then asked whether the site posed a risk to individuals personal information. Kennedy responded, putting your information on the Healthcare.gov web site puts yourself at risk. Since it is on the federal level, the government does not have to disclose that they have been hacked or a breach has occurred.

It could take a year to secure the risk of “high exposures” of personal information on the federal Obamacare online exchange, a cybersecurity expert told CNBC on Monday.

“When you develop a website, you develop it with security in mind. And it doesn’t appear to have happened this time,” said David Kennedy, a so-called “white hat” hacker who tests online security by breaching websites. He testified on Capitol Hill about the flaws of HealthCare.gov last week.

“It’s really hard to go back and fix the security around it because security wasn’t built into it,” said Kennedy, chief executive of TrustedSec. “We’re talking multiple months to over a year to at least address some of the critical-to-high exposures on the website itself.”

How did this government allow such a colossal failure to go forward that would put so many millions of Americans at risk of ID theft? In one respect, they are lucky that it was so poorly constructed that people could not get on to enroll and in turn have their info hacked.

Henry Chao, HealthCare.gov’s Chief Project Manager at CMS Says He Never Saw Memo Uncovered Warning Of “Limitless” Security Risks Of Obamacare Website

The roll-out of Obamacare has gone from complete incompetence to a full blown scandal …

CBS BOMBSHELL …

Henry Chao, HealthCare.gov’s chief project manager at CMS  in charge of building the federal health care website  testified for nine hours behind closed doors to the House Oversight Committee in advance of this week’s hearing that he was kept in the dark about serious failures in the website’s security. Chao stated that he was unaware of a September 3 government memo written by another senior official at CMS that found two high-risk issues. In fact he testified that he had been told just the opposite. Chao is the individual who gave the go ahead for Healthcare.gov to go live on October 1, 2013; however, it appears that the person in charge of the project was kept in the dark. Chao testified that it was the first time he saw any such memo that said “the threat and risk potential (to the system) is limitless. When asked whether he was surprised he never saw any such memo he replied, “Yeah … I mean, wouldn’t you be surprised if you were me? It is disturbing. I mean, I don’t deny that this is … a fairly nonstandard way” to proceed.

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How does somebody not tell the project manager of system vulnerability findings? Someone is either lying or purposely set out to mislead to make sure this was implemented on time irregardless of the risks. The real question is did the Obama administration know this and were they directing the implementation be on time at all cost? Sorry folks, I am a healthcare project manager and I have never heard of anything like this. Heads would roll if anything remotely like this occurred.

“What I recall is what the team told me, is that there were no high findings,” he said.

Chao testified security gaps could lead to identity theft, unauthorized access and misrouted data.

According to federal guidelines, high risk means “the vulnerability could be expected to have a severe or catastrophic adverse affect on organizational operations … assets or individuals.”

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The author of the security memo in question, Tony Trenkle, retired from CMS last week. Hmm, so did he retire, did he just have enough, or was he forced out?

The CIO for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Tony Trenkle, is leaving CMS, the agency embroiled in the ill-fated rollout of government’s Healthcare.gov insurance marketplace website.

Trenkle, who directs CMS’s Office of Information Services and oversees $2 billion in annual IT spending at CMS, is departing effective Nov. 15 to take an undisclosed position in the private sector. His departure was announced in an internal agency memo released today from by CMS chief operating officer Michelle Snyder.

Must see VIDEO that ALL  should watch of the risk that Obama and his minions put “We the People” in by accessing Healthcare.gov to the “Limitless” Security Risks

CBS News:

CBS News has learned that the project manager in charge of building the federal health care website was apparently kept in the dark about serious failures in the website’s security. Those failures could lead to identity theft among buying insurance. The project manager testified to congressional investigators behind closed doors, but CBS News has obtained the first look at a partial transcript of his testimony.

Henry Chao, HealthCare.gov’s chief project manager at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), gave nine hours of closed-door testimony to the House Oversight Committee in advance of this week’s hearing. In excerpts CBS News has obtained, Chao was asked about a memo that outlined important security risks discovered in the insurance system.

Chao said he was unaware of a Sept. 3 government memo written by another senior official at CMS. It found two high-risk issues, which are redacted for security reasons. The memo said “the threat and risk potential (to the system) is limitless.” The memo shows CMS gave deadlines of mid-2014 and early 2015 to address them.

HIPAA Be Damned … Obamacare’s HealthCare.gov Users Warn of Security Risk, Breach of Privacy

What else could this disastrous web site possibly do wrong?

Obamacare’s Healthcare.gov website discloses eligibility letters written to other applicants. Hmm, thanks for the break of privacy of unsuspecting individuals who signed onto Healthcare.gov.  The security flaw disclosed eligibility letters addressed to individuals from another state. Just curious, was a data disclosure made to HHS in compliance with HIPAA privacy rules like many healthcare government contractors are supposed to do within a specified amount of time? Or do your own rules not apply to yourself?

As reported at The Weekly Standard, below is a screen shot of one of the “eligibility letters” he wasn’t supposed to receive.

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From The Foundry:

Justin Hadley logged on to HealthCare.gov to evaluate his insurance options after his health plan was canceled. What he discovered was an apparent security flaw that disclosed eligibility letters addressed to individuals from another state.

“I was in complete shock,” said Hadley, who contacted Heritage after becoming alarmed at the breach of privacy.

Hadley, a North Carolina father, buys his insurance on the individual market. His insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, directed him to HealthCare.gov in a cancellation letter he received in September.

After multiple attempts to access the problem-plagued website, Hadley finally made it past the registration page Thursday. That’s when he was greeted with downloadable letters about eligibility — for two people in South Carolina.

The document shows that administration officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services were concerned that a lack of testing posed a potentially “high” security risk for the HealthCare.gov website serving 36 states.

Security Risk

Last week, the Associated Press disclosed a government memo revealing the “high” security risk for HealthCare.gov. Those concerns surfaced at Wednesday’s hearing with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who claimed the system was secure.

HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters told the AP, “When consumers fill out their online … applications, they can trust that the information they’re providing is protected by stringent security standards and that the technology underlying the application process has been tested and is secure.”

However, that didn’t stop members of Congress from voicing alarm.

“You accepted a risk on behalf of every user … that put their personal financial information at risk,” Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI) told Sebelius. “Amazon would never do this. ProFlowers would never do this. Kayak would never do this. This is completely an unacceptable level of security.”

Obama Administration Was Warned About Obamacare Health Care Website (Healthcare.gov) Was Not Ready to Go Live

The Obama administration was warned one month before the October 1 rollout date that the Obamacare web site, Healthcare.gov, was a no go. But as we now know, Healthcare.gov was launched any how and was a complete and total, embarrassing disaster.

And the problems were just a matter of time. For a “severe” and “high priority” problem, CGI warned that the company “does not have access to necessary tools to manage envs [environments] in test, imp,  and prod,” three stages of site development where the page is tested, improved and produced.

“Specifically (1) we don’t have access to central log collection / view (2) we don’t have access to monitoring tools,” the documents reads. “We have repeatedly asked CMS and URS but have not been granted this access.”

From CNN:

The Obama administration was given stark warnings just one month before launch that the federal healthcare site was not ready to go live, according to a confidential report obtained by CNN.

The caution, from the main contractor CGI, warned of a number of open risks and issues for the HealthCare.gov web site even as company executives were testifying publicly that the project had achieved key milestones.

On Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Medicaid Chief Marilyn Tavenner, whose job it was to oversee the October 1 rollout of the website, said she did not foresee its problems.

“No, we had tested the website and we were comfortable with its performance,” she said. “Now, like I said, we knew all along there would be as with any new website, some individual glitches we would have to work out. But, the volume issue and the creation of account issues was not anticipated and obviously took us by surprise. And did not show up in testing.”

Here are the docs from CGI.

Another Obamacare Fiasco … Data Center Used In the Online Sign-Up Process Failed Sunday

More from Barack Obama and the Gang that could not shoot straight …

A data center critical for allowing uninsured Americans sign up for Obamacare crashed Sunday. HHS was quick to blame some one else quickly stating that the on-line sign up process failed because the private contractor, Verizon’s Terremark, running the data hub experienced a “failure in the networking component that brought down network connectivity to the site.” Sorry, but it is the cumulative effect of the colossal failures of the rollout of the Obamacare website and it appears that it is still plagued with errors.

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Not Again!!!

A data center critical for allowing uninsured Americans to buy health coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law went down Sunday, halting online enrollment for all 50 states in the latest problem to hit the program’s troubled rollout.

The data center operated by Verizon’s Terremark experienced a connectivity issue that caused it to shut down, affecting the federal government’s already problem-plagued online marketplace Healthcare.gov and similar sites operated by 14 states and the District of Columbia, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Obama administration and company officials could not say how long it would take to fix the connectivity problem.

The Politico:

Visitors to the federal exchange were unable to access the website late Sunday. A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services said that’s because the private contractor running the data hub experienced a “failure in the networking component that brought down network connectivity to the site.”

“Today, Terremark had a network failure that is impacting a number of their clients including HealthCare.gov,” HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters said in a statement. “Secretary Sebelius spoke with the CEO of Verizon this afternoon to discuss the situation and they committed to fixing the problem as soon as possible.”

HHS said the failure is likely affecting other sites besides just HealthCare.gov and the federal data hub.

Now HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Blaming Republicans for Obamacare Website Failures

It appears that Sebelius has learned from the master Barack Obama in blaming everyone else for everything …

UNREAL, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is blaming Republicans for the lack of testing and the Obamacare website Healthcare.gov rollout failures. These people will take blame for nothing, including their own incompetence. It is just remarkable that these individuals in the federal government will not take responsibility for what they were the project managers and CEO over. When the contractors were questioned by the House this last week in committee hearings, many of them pointed blame back at the government.  Obama, Sebelius and the cronies that they gave the “no bid” contract to had three years to develop and implement the website. If Sebelius wants to blame anyone for the fact that she had a hard deadline of October 1 to go live, she has no one to blame but President Barack Obama. He delayed certain parts of Obama like the employee mandate, he well could have delayed the implementation date as well.

Everyone say along with us, GOP is to blame, GOP is to blame, GOP is to blame

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From Fox Nation:

In an ideal world there would have been a lot more testing. We did not have the luxury of that with a law that said it’s go time on October 1st and frankly a political atmosphere where the majority party at least in the House was determined to stop this any way they possibly could including shutting down the United States government. So it was not an ideal atmosphere.

During Yesterday’s House Hearings on Obamacare Website Rollout, Contractor Makes Embarassing Admission about Site … ‘It Didn’t Work’

UNREAL …

During yesterday’s House hearings on the disastrous rollout of the Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov, Republican and Democrat lawmakers grilled four of the contractors that worked on the site. However, during the questioning, an alarming and eye opening admission was made by one of the contractors. Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) asked Andrew M. Slavitt, an executive with Optum/Quality Software Services  (QSSI), if he tried to get on the Obamacare site himself. Slavitt replied, “I logged onto to create an account, but I just never received a confirmation email. It didn’t work.”.

Yup, who actually thinks the federal government can run the US healthcare system and 1/6 of the US economy?

From The Blaze:

Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) asked Andrew M. Slavitt, an executive with Optum/Quality Software Services, Inc. (QSSI), if he tried to get on the Obamacare site himself.

Yes, I did,” Slavitt replied.

“Did it work?” Murphy asked.

“Well, I logged on to create an account, was able to do so,” Slavitt replied. “I just never received a confirmation email.”

“So it didn’t work?” Murphy pressed.

“It didn’t work,” Slavitt answered.

The Finger Pointing Begins … ObamaCare Website Contractors CGI Federal & QSSI Blame Obama Administration for Healthcare.gov Fiasco

All for one and one for all, never mind, scratch that.

Its ever man for themselves as the finger pointing begins as who is to blame for the Obamacare website rollout disaster. ObamaCare Website Contractors, CGI Federal and QSSI, are firing back at the Obama administration and saying they are to blame for the Healthcare.gov website debacle. The blame game has begun; however, in the end the buck stops with Barack Obama and his signature piece of legislation. HHS secretary Sebelius was in essence the project lead and was responsible for the contractors work was up to snuff. Obama is in charge of Sebelius. So no matter how anyone wants to deflect blame from Obama, this is on him.

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This is why you never allow someone unqualified to run a country … And you voted him in twice, good grief!!!

Principal contractors hired to build the ObamaCare website HealthCare.gov are hitting back at the Obama administration for the site’s overwhelming technical problems.

Executives from CGI Federal and QSSI—the site’s main contractors—are among four companies testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee Thursday on the glitches.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “serves the important role of systems integrator or `quarterback’ on this project and is the ultimate responsible party for the end-to-end performance,” CGI’s Senior Vice President Cheryl Campbell said in prepared testimony, according to the Associated Press.

“No amount of testing within reasonable time limits can adequately replicate a live environment of this nature,” she added.

Campbell also said, according to The New York Times, that all of CGI Federal’s work was done “under the direction and supervision” of the Centers for Medicare ad Medicaid Services.

The report notes she blames “another contractor” for customers’ problems creating secure password-protected accounts, but didn’t identify the group.  The Times said government records show QSSI had that responsibility.

Andy Slavitt, who represents QSSI’s parent company, said he also blamed the administration for the late decision to require consumers to create accounts before they could actually browse health plans. That change, he said, contributed to the overload.

Congressional Hearings on Healthcare.gov problems today.

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