Calling for Senate Consideration of Bipartisan Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act
House Passed Bill to Boost Transparency and Consumer Protections By Veto Proof Margin Last Friday
Despite vocal opposition from the White House, the House of Representatives on Friday demonstrated strong bipartisan support for commonsense legislation requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to promptly notify individuals in the event that their personally identifiable information is jeopardized on the health law’s exchanges. The Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act, introduced by Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA), passed the House by a vote of 291 to 122. With such strong bipartisan support, there is no reason for the Senate not to act.
January 13, 2014
Sen. John Barrasso: Senate Needs to Take Up Obamacare Security Bill
Sen. John Barrasso said Monday the Senate needs to pass an Obamacare security bill like the one that made it through the House last week with the support of 67 Democrats.
Mr. Barrasso, Wyoming Republican, said the high-profile breach of personal data at Target stores reflects his party’s concern with the health care portals that connect Americans with private plans or Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
“And yet the health care law says nothing” about securing people’s private data over the Internet, he told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
He called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, to take up a House bill that requires the federal government to notify consumers within two days if their personally identifiable information has been breached on the state-based markets tied to the health care law.
More than five dozen Democrats helped pass the measure in the House, and Mr. Barrasso was among six GOP senators who introduced a companion bill in the Senate.
“Big bipartisan support, yet the president says he’s opposed to it,” he said. …
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