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How big are the security problems with Healthcare.gov? “Limitless”

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So… that seems like a lot, right?

Sharyl Attkisson:

Henry Chao, HealthCare.gov’s chief project manager at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), gave nine hours of closed-door testimony to the House Oversight Committee in advance of this week’s hearing. In excerpts CBS News has obtained, Chao was asked about a memo that outlined important security risks discovered in the insurance system.

Chao said he was unaware of a Sept. 3 government memo written by another senior official at CMS. It found two high-risk issues, which are redacted for security reasons. The memo said “the threat and risk potential (to the system) is limitless.” The memo shows CMS gave deadlines of mid-2014 and early 2015 to address them.

But Chao testified he’d been told the opposite.

Is Chao lying, incompetent, or both? He can be both, but he can’t be neither. One or the other, at the least.

But you can trust them! Why would they say so if it weren’t true?

(Hat tip: Glenn Reynolds)

Update: Obamacare flaw allows anyone on Earth to fraudulently enroll through Healthcare.gov. Well, at least we’re safe from fraudulent Martians. For now.

Update: MKH says, “In any big program, fraud can creep in. With Obamacare, it’s been invited over for a keg party.”