This… is not an issue of too many people making the site crash. Heritage:
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.
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.
This is an issue of the site simply not being secure at all. Heritage reported that the information provided was sufficiently detailed that Mr. Hadley was able to get in touch with the other person, who is naturally highly upset that his information is being treated this cavalierly by the federal government. As well as the man should be; health care records are peculiarly vulnerable to all sorts of fraud, scams, and confidence schemes. We have an expectation of privacy for those, and certainly nobody who signed up did so with the expectation that their data would become, effectively, a matter of public record.
Exactly who thought that making the Obamacare site go live so soon was a good idea? – Because that person was wrong. So very, very wrong.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
In case you were wondering… Heritage, again:
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina informed Hadley that his current plan is no longer available and offered to auto-enroll him in a new health insurance plan. But that option would increase his monthly premiums by 92 percent and double his deductible. Hadley said he doesn’t qualify for any subsidies and won’t continue the process on HealthCare.gov because of the privacy breach.
“If I have their information, then who else has my information now?” Hadley worried.
For the record: there are elements among the Online Left that seem to think that the best way to handle being confronted with someone who has just had his premiums and deductible doubled is to condescendingly tell that person that it’s all for his own good, because clearly he wasn’t smart enough to have a good plan in the first place. Speaking as a Republican and a propagandist, let me just say: I love it when my opposite numbers let their essential contempt for the American people show. It makes my job infinitely easier; heck, it makes my job a moral obligation.