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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  1. “Barber makes it clear that DHS must approach cybersecurity in way that focuses on real risk and real threats to government websites”

    Is that like how Barber is focused on the “real” issues that “really” confront “real” Americans in their “real” daily lives?

  2. “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.”

    Just like the NSA stopped the Boston bombing….

  3. Hey Ron, why did the President farm out part of the healthcare website to Belarus? It just came to light–I’m sure you don’t listen to anything other than MSNBC or read the Red Star so you may not be informed. Anyone that signs up or tries to sign up is giving there information to a communist country that is bragging about it and laughing at us. Watch out for ID theft and so much more to come. We have a choice now folks. Get out there and make sure WOOTEN wins the Republican primary. We don’t need another McCain oophs! I meant McSally oophs! I forgot they are the same since McCain is supporting her and pushing her on the local party. All you independents and libertarians please register R. for the primaries. Help us crawl out of the hole we are creating in Southern AZ and this country.

  4. 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.

    Reminds me of a picture I recently saw of a dog with the end of leash in it’s mouth – running with another dog who was wearing the leash – which made me think ‘wonder who was leading who where’ – much as our gov’t now leads this nation, no one really knows for sure… but here we go ‘again’

  5. “Barber, a member of the Committee on Homeland Security committee…”
    Who writes this crap? Probably a committee of a committee.
    Anyway, Barber is trying to create yet another level of big brother functions to give anyone and everyone access to our personal info. When will it stop? Never is my guess.

  6. 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.

    With the great job they’ve done securing the borders – what could go wrong… problemo solved with one stroke of the pen – he’s almost as good as the president – must be in the blue water they drink

  7. Oh, golly, is it simple ol’ Ron Barber who just can’t grasp it, or is it Marxist Ron Barber fueling the “transformation” of US?

    I suppose Rep. Barber (M-Baja AZ) kind of missed it when Obamao & Janet Napolitano loaded the upper echelons of DHS with muslim brotherhood activists & sympathizers. He just missed it when Janet bought thousands of assault rifles (oops – I mean “personal defense weapons”) and ammunition for the TSA thug civilian police force. He just missed it when Janet deployed TSA onto American highways, bus stations, train terminals and sporting events, just to test the waters.

    He just kinda missed it when obamao appointed a new DHS head whose only qualification was he was a leftist lawyer who had worked for jihadis and other cohorts of the King. Rep. Barber just missed it when new Secy Johnson appointed a #2 man to DHS who is a typical obamao felon unindicted co-conspirator from the corrupt halls of big-city shadow government crime, who could never legitimately qualify for a security clearance.
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/2/new-homeland-official-was-key-figure-in-pennsylvan/

    And now Rep. Barber (M-Baja AZ) wants to casually give DHS and Planned Parenthood (oops – I mean HHS) even more control and overreach over civilian lines of communication, as if NSA, FBI and IRS aren’t enough. But of course, it’s just for our own good. Uh-huh, sure!

    Thank you Chuck Wooten, conservative patriotic American military veteran candidate for Congress in AZ CD2, for getting into this race. AZ and US need you.

    God bless America.

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