Congressman Bob Gibbs

Representing the 7th District of Ohio

November 7th, 2013

November 7, 2013
Columns

Remember when President Obama repeatedly made the promise to millions of Americans that, ‘If you like your current healthcare plan, you can keep it?’ Turns out, this can go on the long list of broken promises the President has made to the American people. We have all seen the reports on the news about hardworking Americans receiving notices of their loss of coverage due to Obamacare. It is clear the President has mislead the American people when it comes to this law.

Almost four million Americans and counting have already lost their current healthcare coverage due to Obamacare, this is unacceptable; that is why I support the “Keep Your Health Plan Act.” This simple legislation allows families to have the option to remain on their cancelled policies as a result of Obamacare through 2014.

American’s confidence in this program has continued to plummet due to the poor construction and mismanagement of a $400 million taxpayer funded website.  Even while HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in October, the website still remained inaccessible.  The President has delayed the employer mandate which provides relief to big businesses, but refuses to delay the individual mandate, which affects you and your family.  How can we require Americans to sign up for a service that doesn’t even work?

When I think about the process many Americans are going through in order to sign up, it alarms me. The amount of personal information required to receive an estimate on how much your insurance cost, may put your personal information at risk.  Data security experts have warned that this website did not undergo sufficient security testing and is riddled with serious vulnerabilities that could put your personal information at risk.

The security scares for signing up for Obamacare don’t stop there; convicted felons, including those guilty of fraud, are able to become Obamacare navigators.  A navigator, which assists others in signing up for health care plans, has direct access to sensitive personal information without completing a background check beforehand. There has already been at least one reported case of navigator fraud in Ohio.

After Secretary Sebelius testified before Congressional leaders on the failed implementation of the healthcare law, the President continued to sell his signature piece of legislation as though there was nothing wrong. It seems apparent that a failed website is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to where Obamacare falls short. The American people should not be subject to an experiment, they deserve a program that works and will benefit them in the long run.

As the website continues to stumble and revelations continue to surface about Americans losing their health insurance, it is important for me to hear your thoughts on how the implementation is affecting you and your families. Share your story by calling my office at (202)-225-6265 or sending me an email at repbob.gibbs@mail.house.gov.

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