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House To Vote Today On GOP’s Security Bill

The measure, which would "require the Obama administration to notify Americans within 48 hours if their identity is compromised" via the Obamacare website, is part of the GOP strategy.

The Washington Post: House Set To Vote On Security Bill
House lawmakers are set to vote Friday on a proposal designed to address potential security breaches on the Web site as Republicans seek to keep political attention focused on concerns with the ongoing rollout of the new federal health-care law (O’Keefe and Eilperin, 1/10).

Fox News: Cantor: House Bill On ObamaCare Identity Theft Notification Is A 'No-Brainer'
[House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor] said on The Kelly File that many Americans are “legitimately” concerned with information and identity theft when sharing personal information online. “If there is any chance that one’s information and identity can be stolen or abused on the website or in any way shape or form connected with the ObamaCare exchange then we should take the precautionary measures necessary,” Cantor said (1/9).

The Associated Press: GOP-Led House Again Targets Obama Health Care Law
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., would require the secretary of health and human services to notify an individual within two business days of any security breach involving personal data provided to the government during health care enrollment. The administration, in objecting to the measure, said it already has implemented safeguards to secure personal information and notify consumers if a breach occurs (Cassata, 1/10).

The Hill: White House Stops Short Of Veto Threats On House Healthcare Bills
The Obama administration stopped short Thursday of threatening to veto House bills to require officials to tell people if their personal data has been compromised through ObamaCare, and to require weekly reports on the health law's implementation. ... The White House added that more staff would likely be needed to comply, which would add "millions of dollars in costs to the States and the Federal Government, without additional funding from the Congress" (Kasperowicz, 1/9).

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