ObamaCare security scare

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OBAMACARE SECURITY SCARE - The ObamaCare Web site crashed again Sunday, with major outages continuing into today. The software for verifying and protecting the personal information of applicants broke down. Government officials blamed the crash on an outside contractor, Verizon, but the failures in the so-called “data hub” are worsening fears about security first raised ahead of the launch. Federal inspectors issued multiple reports before Oct. 1 that found major problems in the plan to merge and protect the most comprehensive profiles of American citizens ever compiled by the government. More from Fox News.

[“How can you expect the government to handle one sixth of the economy when there is this type of staggering in incompetence on a Web site rollout?”—Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., on “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace]

Out of time - The latest crash comes as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius prepares to testify on Wednesday before Congress about the debacle. The Obama administration has promised that the signup portal for the new entitlement program will work properly by the end of next month. But another five weeks may be too long for Congress to wait where questions of constituents’ personal information are concerned. Bipartisan calls for delaying the troubled program will grow amid this data scare.

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