By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Up to this point, the launch of the highly controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been disastrous.
Millions of Americans have lost their healthcare coverage in the limited rollout of the unpopular healthcare legislation rollout, millions more face the likelihood of losing their doctors as the selection of doctors who participate in the plans PPOs and HMOs is often limited.
President Obama’s website, Healthcare.gov has been troubled from the beginning. Over the weekend, the administration announced that the website has been fixed, although the failure rate is still very high.
Alabama Congressman, Mo Brooks (R) from Huntsville warns that even if the site is running that cyber-security issues at the site have not been fixed and urged Americans not to use the site at this time. Congressman Mo Brooks said on Facebook,
“Today I emphasized testimony from a recent SST hearing in which bipartisan cyber-security panel experts warned of identity theft, internet fraud, and other possible threats posed to American citizens who use HealthCare.Gov. Based on their advice, I encourage all Americans to avoid the website, in any way, shape or form until its cyber-security risks are fixed. If these experts are right, the federal government offers no remedy for American citizens who may be hurt as a result of obeying ObamaCare dictates.”
Rep. Brooks said on the floor of the U.S. Congress Wednesday that according to the expert testimony:
“There are clear indicators that even basic security was not built into the Healthcare.gov website.” and that “The vast amount of [HealthCare.Gov computer program] code also means applying industry standards security practices is a task that can have no real chance of success.” Brooks concluded that Healthcare.gov “creates massive opportunity for fraud, scams, deceptive trade practices, identity theft, and more.”
Brooks warned that, “Healthcare.gov, is the mother load for identity theft, internet fraud and other criminal activity…based on their expert advice, I encourage all Americans to avoid Healthcare.gov, the ObamaCare website, in any way, shape or form until its cyber-security risks are fixed. If these experts are right, and if you are an American citizen who obeys ObamaCare dictates and you suffer from identify theft or other financial losses, the White House response is essentially, ‘Tough luck. You are on your own.’ ”
All American taxpayers are required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010 to purchase compliant coverage if there are not already covered by Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, or employer provided coverage.
The penalty for failing to comply with the President’s healthcare insurance mandate is either 1% of your taxable income or $92 which ever is greater and those penalties increase substantially in the third year of the law’s implementation.
Medical bills are already the number one cause of Americans’ bankruptcies and as the PPACA causes millions more Americans to lose their healthcare coverage that is likely to get even worse.
According to recent polling, a majority of Americans now report that they want the law repealed. President Barack Obama has said however that the unpopular law will not be repealed while he is the President.
Congressman Mo Brooks represents Alabama’s fifth congressional district and is serving in his second term.