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11/15/2013
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HealthCare.gov: Biggest Security Risks Yet To Come

Push to fix Healthcare.gov by the end of November might create more problems, says security expert.

Illustration: Mike Licht (CC BY 2.0)
Illustration: Mike Licht (CC BY 2.0)

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PaulS681
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PaulS681,
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11/20/2013 | 8:40:10 PM
Re: Unacceptable
Now it is coming out that the administration was warned there were security concerns and there wasn't enough time to address all of them before the site went live. I don't understand the rush to get this out if it wasn't ready. The presidents administration would have been better off explaining the site wasn't ready and not rushing to get it online.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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11/19/2013 | 9:59:38 AM
Re: Unacceptable
I'm not making a political statement. Personally, I want to see Obamacare work. I'm just disappointed in the lack of follow-through from winning a policy victory to taking the practical details of implementation seriously and putting them in the hands of competent people.
Alex Kane Rudansky
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Alex Kane Rudansky,
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11/18/2013 | 10:01:57 AM
The wrong approach
Those in charge of Healthcare.gov took a backwards approach, introducing a flawed product on schedule. It's better to delay a launch and get it right than launch a disaster of a site on time. I'm eager to see how the Nov. 30 deadline will shake out.
PaulS681
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PaulS681,
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11/16/2013 | 4:45:00 PM
Unacceptable
Sadly healthcare.gov has become a joke. The Obama administration should be embarrassed and ashamed for putting this out. Is it any coincidence this came after he was elected for a 2nd term? I think not. The administration has no worries about repercussions from this and they should. The fact that the security has come into question is unacceptable. The US Government knowingly rushes a site that will have personal info about American citizens and knows there will be security issues. Unacceptable.
testytester
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testytester,
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11/16/2013 | 1:26:52 PM
Re: Lock the Door
does this work?
mwagner919
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mwagner919,
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11/15/2013 | 6:13:32 PM
Re: Lock the Door
It seems inevitable that proper security testing is gong to fall by the wayside in the rush to get HealthCare.gov fixed. The political consequences of failing to meet the deadline are high, and security problems will be felt down the road. 
Tom Murphy
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Tom Murphy,
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11/15/2013 | 5:35:04 PM
Lock the Door
Great column, David. Thanks.  Security is certainly my no. 1 concern when it comes to storing the most-personal facts about hundreds of millions of Americans online.  In the black market, personal health records fetch the highest price -- more than $10 a person.  I've always wondered who would want to buy it -- other than big pharma and insurance companies that stand to gain billions from such info.
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