by Jennifer Swift
Jan 11, 2014
03:59 PMConnecticut Politics
Elizabeth Esty, Jim Himes statements on Obamacare security bill
Spokeswomen for U.S. Reps. Elizabeth Esty, D-5, and Jim Himes, D-4 emailed statements to Connecticut Magazine on their "yea" votes on the Obamacare cypersecurity bill that passed the Republican-led House of Representatives Friday.
Here's the statement from Esty, released by spokeswoman Laura Maloney:
“I’m committed to making sure that the Affordable Care Act works well in Connecticut and that we’re continuing to expand access and assist people as they buy quality health insurance.
“A great deal of effort has gone into putting procedures and plans in place to make the state and national marketplace websites secure. To my knowledge, there is no evidence of data breaches, and no personal information has been stolen from our state marketplace’s website or Healthcare.gov. Nevertheless, we should hold the federal government to a high standard, particularly when it comes to protecting our privacy and securing personally identifiable information. Protecting privacy is essential to expanding coverage. I want to reassure folks that these sites are being held to high security standards as we continue working to encourage more and more people to get enrolled in Connecticut and across the country.”
And here's a statement from Himes, issued by spokeswoman Lizz Kerr:
“After having the chance to review this legislation, I found no reason to oppose this bill. Let’s be clear—we haven’t seen evidence of wide-spread data security issues with healthcare.gov. But, if that does occur, customers should be notified promptly, just like if their bank or credit card information were compromised.”Elizabeth Esty, Jim Himes statements on Obamacare security bill