ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Federal data hub will be certified secure (or not) on September 30, one day before launch
"They've removed their margin for error," said Deven McGraw, director of the health privacy project at the non-profit Center for Democracy & Technology. "There is huge pressure [OBAMA: "We;ll implement it."] to get (the exchanges) up and running on time, but if there is a security incident they are done. It would be a complete disaster from a PR viewpoint."
Of course, it's not like there are any ideologically-driven right wing hackers or, more to the point, hackers willing to be paid to short whatever stocks would fall if ObamaCare shat the bed on Day 1. And let's remember: The ObamaCare rollout is all about public relations; it's not like a political campaign: It is a political campaign.
The most likely serious security breach would be identity theft, in which a hacker steals the social security numbers and other information people provide when signing up for insurance.
The inspector general's report, released without fanfare last Friday, found that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services or CMS - the agency within HHS that is running Obamacare - had set a May 13 deadline for its contractor to deliver a plan to test the security of the crucial information technology component.
A test was to have been performed between June 3 and 7. But the delivery deadline slipped and the test - assessing firewalls and other security elements - is now set for this week and next.
"CMS," concludes the inspector general's report, "is working with very tight deadlines."
The delays mean that the ruling by CMS's chief information officer certifying the Obamacare IT system as secure will be pushed back from September 4 to September 30, a day before enrollment under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the law that established Obamacare, is supposed to start.
CMS spokesman Brian Cook said the agency is confident the Obamacare exchanges will open on time. "We are on schedule and will be ready for the marketplaces to open on October 1," he said.
Well, sure. That's because the schedule is insane, yet another sign of a fucked project totally out of control.
NOTE We already have a secure system in place that doesn't pose any of these problems: single payer Medicare. Just lower the eligibility age to zero, and you're done. (To be fair, I'm sure there's some testing involved. But nothing like the testing need for the half a billion dollar Federal Data Hub, which -- given its complete inutility from a policy standpoint -- is nothing but a reach-around for body shops with Federal contract vehicles, and whichever natioanality of techie they end up hiring.