Republicans Say New Report Points To Obamacare Security Problems

Republicans on Tuesday called on President Obama to pull down the problem-plagued HealthCare.gov website as a key administration technology officer testified that they still haven’t built a payment system that needs to be up and running by the new year.

Henry Chao, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services official who oversaw construction of HealthCare.gov, said they are still building a part of the health exchange program that will handle “back office systems, the accounting systems, the payment systems,” which account for at least 30 percent of the site.

Yet, Mr. Chao assured a congressional panel that the new work will be tested by January, and said the front-end part of the portal, which consumers are using now, is secure.

With Mr. Obama’s credibility lagging and armed with a newly disclosed report about the federal health exchange’s shortcomings, House Republicans launched a fresh round of attacks against the health care law Tuesday, focusing on testing and security of the federal health insurance marketplace.

With little to no hope of repealing the health care law while Mr. Obama is in office, the GOP has turned to problems with HealthCare.gov. and rising distrust of the president’s word — a trend borne out in public opinion polls — as catalysts for their attacks on Obamacare.

“This is Machiavelli 101 and Republicans are not going to let a good crisis go to waste,” Republican strategist Ford O’Connell said. “They are likely to keep piling on until President Obama has zero credibility with the American people on health care, or any subject, for that matter.”

Read more from Tom Howell Jr. at The Washington Times

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