House Republicans continue to deliver on House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) promise, made in the wake of the government shutdown and debt-ceiling fight, to focus on “aggressive oversight” of the healthcare reform law. The latest target is security concerns related to the federally facilitated marketplace.
In letters sent to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and four government contractors involved in the rollout of the health insurance exchanges, the House Energy and Commerce committee subpoenaed more documents about the federal website where individual Americans without coverage can buy private insurance, which continues to suffer technical problems. “It is imperative that everything is being done to protect Americans' sensitive personal information,” Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said in a news release. “But as each day goes by, more concerns are being raised with HealthCare.gov's security, as well as the administration's competency to fix the lingering problems.”