Barber takes steps to “beef up” Obamacare

healthcare.gov-400As Obamacare is increasingly rejected by the vast majority of Americans, due to the false claim that they could keep their doctor and security fears about the program’s website, Arizona Representative Ron Barber is working to shore it up. On Wednesday, Barber persuaded his colleagues to direct the Department of Homeland Security to use a risk-based and performance-based approach when securing the federal healthcare website.

Barber, a member of the Committee on Homeland Security committee, won unanimous approval for Barber’s amendment to cybersecurity legislation that will give the Department of Homeland Security oversight of security for all civilian federal government websites – including healthcare.gov.

“My amendment would give Southern Arizonans and all Americans the certainty and accountability they deserve in healthcare.gov and all federal information systems,” Barber told members of the Committee on Homeland Security. “This amendment leaves no doubt that Congress intends for DHS to manage the federal civilian network in a way that targets real threats and vulnerabilities and keeps our constituents safe.”

Barber is ranking member of the Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee of the Committee on Homeland Security.

Barber last month introduced the Cyber Awareness and Recovery Enhancement (CARE) Act. The bill is cosponsored by U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, a Montana Republican.

The CARE Act would require the Department of Homeland Security to take the lead in developing cybersecurity standards for the healthcare.gov website. Those standards must be risk-based and performance-based and developed by DHS in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services.

The legislation also requires HHS to report to Congress annually on the number and nature of cyber incidents on the healthcare.gov website.

The amendment by Barber makes it clear that DHS must approach cybersecurity in way that focuses on real risk and real threats to government websites.

The amendment by Barber does absolutely nothing to restore the healthcare that millions of Americans had enjoyed before the implementation of Obamacare. In light of the NSA’s prolific spying on citizens, it is unlikely the American people will have their faith restored in the website knowing that the DHS, NSA, and IRS will have access to the most intimate aspects of their personal lives through their medical records.

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