House passes Obamacare security measure

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According to POLITICO the House has passed its first Obamacare-themed measure of the year, approving 291-122 a bill requiring the administration to quickly notify Americans if their personal information has been compromised on the new health insurance exchanges.

Sixty-seven Democrats joined Republicans to pass the bill, which was offered by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.).

Republicans aimed the vote squarely at what they consider one of their best Obamacare targets now that most of the Affordable Care Act is in effect and is working: the flow of Americans’ personal information between the federal data hub and the insurance marketplaces.

While no actual breaches have been reported—as the White House and Democrats continually point out—Republicans say the potential is there. More than 2 million Americans signed up on the federal and state exchanges for coverage that began Jan. 1. MORE…

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