Isakson Continues to Raise Concerns With Rising Health Care Costs for Americans, Especially Those Living in Rural Areas
WASHINGTON – At a Senate Finance Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., pressed Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for answers over the
threat of fraud and abuse of Americans’ sensitive private information because of security deficiencies in Obamacare.
Sebelius is the highest ranking official in the Obama administration who is responsible for the implementation of Obamacare.
Isakson cited a June inspector general’s report that found QSSI, the contractor that developed the Obamacare website, guilty of violating security requirements that exposed 6 million Medicare beneficiaries’ private information. Isakson also raised concerns that Obamacare exchange “navigators,” who help consumers find health care plans and handle personal information, are not required by the federal government to undergo criminal background checks.
“I’m not convinced that HHS is doing what it should to protect the information of the American people. I was very disappointed that Secretary Sebelius only said that she’d take under consideration requiring criminal background checks for those who will be handling Americans’ private information in the Obamacare exchanges—that should be a minimum requirement,” said Isakson following the hearing. “There are many flawed decisions that have been made by HHS and CMS in the rollout of Obamacare, and the website is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many, many problems yet to be seen.”
Isakson also continued to voice dismay that Georgians in rural areas are seeing their health insurance premiums double because of Obamacare. According to recent reports, many Americans who live in rural areas will be forced to pay higher prices for the same coverage.
In September of this year, in response to the rising threat over security concerns, Isakson co-sponsored the Trust But Verify Act, which would delay the opening of Obamacare insurance exchanges until security operations that will handle Americans’ personal information for the exchanges are independently verified.
Isakson has voted to defund, dismantle or repeal Obamacare almost 60 times, and he continues to support its full repeal. Isakson is a co-sponsor of dozens of legislative proposals that would repeal the law in full or provisions in the law, including both the Obamacare Repeal Act, S.177, and, more recently, the Defund Obamacare Act, S.1292. Isakson has also sent a letter to President Obama urging him to permanently delay the implementation of Obamacare for all Americans.