This story doesn’t add up

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported: “A hacker broke into part of the HealthCare.gov insurance enrollment website in July and uploaded malicious software, according to federal officials.”

Pretty much par for the course for the glitch-ridden website responsible for facilitating the purchase of health insurance for millions of Americans.

Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins sent a letter in April 2014 to the Departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Treasury Department requesting these agencies address the ongoing security flaws with the Healthcare.gov website.

On August 1, 2014, HHS responded to Congresswoman Jenkins’ letter stating, “To date, there have been no successful security attacks on Healthcare.gov…”

Here’s a copy of that letter:

HHS Letter to Rep Jenkins

 

Here’s a recap of that timeline:

  • April 17, 2014 – Rep. Jenkins sends letters to several federal agencies requesting they address the ongoing security flaws with the Healthcare.gov website.
  • August 1, 2014 – HHS responds to the letter saying, “To date, there have been no successful security attacks on Healthcare.gov…”
  • September 5, 2014 – The Wall Street Journal reported “A hacker broke into part of the HealthCare.gov insurance enrollment website in July and uploaded malicious software, according to federal officials.”

There are two possible conclusions based on this sequence of events – this is either the most incompetent or the least transparent (maybe both) administration this country has ever seen.