Thursday, October 24, 2013
What, Dr Mengele Wasn't Available?
Speaking (rather rudely) to Cheryl Campbell, the representative of CGI Federal, Barton pointed to a line in the source code of the HealthCare.gov website that reads, “You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system.”
“You told Rep. Blackburn that [the site] was HIPAA compliant. You know that’s not HIPAA compliant. You admit that you knew [that language] was in there. … You’re telling every American that you sign up with this or even attempt to, you have no reasonable expectation of privacy. that is a direct contradiction to HIPAA and you know it. yes or no?”
Campbell replied, “That is a CMS call. That is not a contractor call.”
CMS is Centers for Medicare and Medicaid which is responsible for the implementation of the HealthCare.gov website.
“To break the law? You’re now saying that CMS made a decision to break the law, do you agree with in a decision?”
Of course, low-information Congressman Barton is dead wrong, and it took Democratic Congressman Frank Pallone of New Jersey to let him know — in a spectacular demonstration.
“I started out in my opening statement saying there was no legitimacy to this hearing and the last line of the questioning certainly confirms is that,” Pallone began.
“HIPAA only applies when there’s health information being provided. That’s not in play here today. No health information is required in the application process. And why is that? Because pre-existing conditions don’t matter! So once again, here we have my Republican colleagues trying to scare everybody —”
For the record, I couldn't find that statement anywhere in the publicly available source code, but perhaps I'm just not so a good programmer as Barton. I did, however, find something really damning: a plugin called jekyll-collect.rb.
DR JEKYLL, PEOPLE! HE'S COLLECTING SICK PEOPLE TO EXPERIMENT ON! DEATH PANELS ARE REAL!!!!
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Four Democrats today have publicly said the rollout is a disaster, and one Democrat has told the GOP to put a sock in it.
My hat is off to Rep. Pallone.
Posted by: Rmj | Oct 24, 2013 4:36:28 PM