Taping Trifecta this morning, Bill Whittle made an excellent point about the ObamaCare exchanges. [SPOILER ALERT!] One of the problems that hasn’t been much discussed is that the federal exchanges make for a single point of failure for millions of Americans in over 35 states. The web site goes down (or doesn’t ever come up), and there’s really nothing else to do until its fixed.
What Bill didn’t mention is that there’s also a single point for security failure:
Insurance regulators and an industry trade group warn that this month’s rollout of the health insurance marketplaces created by federal law opened the door for bad actors at the same time that it gives brokers and agents a business opportunity.
New Hampshire’s insurance commissioner sent a cease-and-desist letter last week to an Arizona company he accused of building a website that could mislead health care coverage shoppers into thinking it was the official New Hampshire marketplace. The site was taken down on Friday.
You know what the difference is between Healthcare.gov and a fraudulent site? The fraudulent site probably works as intended.