White House offers ridiculous excuses to object to Obamacare transparency bills

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The Obama administration, which describes itself as the most transparent in history, announced its opposition to two House bills calling for transparency in the administration of the Affordable Care Act.

The first, approved Friday by a wide margin, would require administration officials to inform people when their personal information has been compromised. The second, slated for a vote next week, would require the administration to provide Congress with weekly updates of Obamacare’s implementation, according to The Hill.

The House approved the first, H.R. 3811, the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act, by a 291-122 vote, including 67 Democrats. In its written policy statement, dated Thursday, the White House claimed that the legislation would impose “costly paperwork requirements.”

“For example, the indiscriminate reporting requirement in H.R. 3811 may seriously impede the law enforcement investigation of a breach,” the White House said in its statement. “Unlike existing requirements, H.R. 3811 requires expensive and unnecessary notification for the compromise of publicly-available information, even if there is no reasonable risk that information could be used to cause harm.”

Banks inform their customers as a matter of course whenever they believe there’s even the possibility that an account has been compromised, and they don’t complain that it’s “unnecessary notification.” It’s all the cost of doing business in an electronic information age.

The administration published a similar policy statement for the bill scheduled for next week.

The White House complained that the reporting requirements of H.R. 3362, the Exchange Information Disclosure Act, would place an undue burden on the administration.

“It would require the reporting of data on a weekly basis that is generally being provided on a monthly basis. Few major indicators — from job growth to Medicare Advantage enrollment to private shareholder reports — are provided more frequently than monthly; this bill would hold the Marketplaces and State Medicaid programs to unprecedented standards,” the White House said in its policy statement.

“To implement this new reporting system, contracts may need to be modified and new staff would need to be hired on an expedited basis, adding millions of dollars in costs to States and the Federal Government,” the White House added.

If it’s not already present, a counter can be easily added to the software. It would keep a running tally of the number of visits to the site, number of individuals who created an account, number of those who selected a plan and the number who have actually paid for their plan.

It certainly wouldn’t require a new reporting system, additional staff or millions of dollars in implementation costs. It would only require a desire to make good on its promise — to be the most transparent presidential administration in history.

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  • SusieQ

    Who wants to laugh first ??

    • NoCrud

      So far, sad to say, The Obamaroid has had the last laugh.

      • jimshaw54

        Only with the “in the tank for Obama” MSM helping him at every step can he laugh. IMAGINE where he would be now if the MSM critiqued him like they have every single Republican. Wonderful thought!!!

        • NoCrud

          I am not a Democrat so I cannot argue with the truth. ☺

      • tedlv

        Well, at least the ‘roid has expressed concern for something that may be expensive. Not that he meant it, that was just an excuse.

      • fedup

        If we don’t laugh, we’ll cry. This is like a bad Soap Opera. Time to cancel the rest of the season.

    • bobalouski

      Wait until I stop weeping for our future, then I’ll laugh…

    • The duck

      I’d like to laugh but this is so pathetic that my gut hurts thinking about it.

  • Kimber_TLE

    SELECT COUNT(*) FROM WeTheSheeple
    WHERE
    bought_crappy_insurance = “Y”
    AND paid_for_crappy_insurance = “Y”
    AND NOT congressional_employee
    AND NOT white_house_employee
    AND NOT union_worker;

    There. That should help save a few million.

  • TRE

    The American People should be able to read what all is included in the ObamaCare bills, especially since it was pushed through votes with Pelosi saying “pass it so we can find out what’s in it” and to this day I doubt all but a handful of legislators have read through the thousands of pages of that bill and those connected to it; including the key asks to the Request for Proposals.

    In a democratic republic, it begs the question: what is in there that someone doesn’t want anyone to find out about? There has to be something or there would be no circus acts to conceal the details.

    • jimshaw54

      Shhh! Don’t give them any ideas that it can be fixed. Maybe we will be better served by leaving them alone and in the dark that there actually is a fix. If they think it can be fixed they will throw money at it until (maybe) some of the money they throw at it will actually make it work. Your “half a million bucks” will be a drop in the bucket if they think they maybe can make it work. Like most government entities, especially if they are Democrats, if it doesn’t work they will continue to throw money at the problem….probably because it is what they do best, and there are enough Low Information Voters who will vote them in because “at least they are doing SOMETHING”.

      • fedup

        That money throwing Democrat habit is an addiction–very hard to break.

        • JHorvathJr

          One more money throwing I want to see: hire a bouncer to throw the OBM out of the next WH party.

    • The duck

      If you want to read the (Afordable Care Act?) Just type it into your search program. It will come up in its full text. Be prepared to spend about 12 months reading and looking up various references. Various meaning thousands in this case. Then you need to beable to decifer the BS. Good luck. I pulled it up over 8 months ago and have gotten through maybe 1/3 of the text and none of the references.

  • babbott

    Everything that comes out of the White House is a ridiculous excuse. The best way to solve the problem is to have the White House vacated.

    • NoCrud

      It’s the best way to solve ALL the problems brought us by the “change that will transform America”…

    • Pedro_Schwartz

      The problem isn’t just the crap that comes out of the White House. It’s the millions of self-proclaimed “entitled victims” who lap it up. Few politicians are as willing as Gohmert to speak up and call it as it is.

      • NoCrud

        CORRECTIMUNDO…

    • fedup

      Then fumigated.

  • buck

    Gee, what’s another few million bucks to add to
    the several billion “We’ve” already wasted on this
    SCAM!

    It amazes me that this administration is “all of a sudden”
    worried about the cost of this doomed train wreck.

    Perhaps EliseR can weigh in and “enlighten” the rest
    of us here…

    • NoCrud

      Even Richard F, a self-proclaimed Canadian, “seems” to know more than The Obamaroid — and he hasn’t yet been waterboarded, either.

      • acers2

        The sucker’s on my A-List, for waterboarding along with EliseR B one itch. I would pay to have that opportunity.

        • NoCrud

          A commenter in a blog once said:
          “Obama, Holder, Pelosi and Reid need to be waterboarded to see if they know anything.”

          • acers2

            You can bet, their collective knowledge, would pass through the eye of a needle with room to spare.

          • NoCrud

            They personify the last stanza of an old Arabic proverb and it says:

            He who knows not and knows not that he knows not is a fool — Shun Him!

          • JHorvathJr

            Ask Valerie Jarrett to tell us what Soros wants.

        • fedup

          i’d like to film it.

          • acers2

            As long as I get the concession/beer stand, yer got it. :)

  • Leftbehind

    Obama doesn’t want to have to Face the American people after all of his Disasters .

    • NoCrud

      He apparently drowns his fears on the beach in Hawaii.

      • JaundicedView

        I’d be curious to know to know how many vacations Bush Jr. and O’Bolshevik took, and how much they cost all together. Someone I suspect O’Bolshevik’s tally is MUCH higher.

        • NoCrud

          The planes used is a large part of the expense. Bush did not take some mutt with them to the ranch in Texas. Also, there was no vacation-land area to disrupt in TX and I’m sure that if anyone wanted to just be in the same part of the world related to The Obamaroid, they’d have gone to Washington even though they’d run the risk of it being another time for vacation or campaigning and they’d be out of town.

          Another expense is security. I imagine it would be easier to “secure” a place like the ranch in TX than the melee associated with Hawaii. Sure, there’s no beach at the Texas ranch but apparently it did not matter to the Bushes.

          More significantly, though, is that the Bushes were going to home on the ranch but when have The Obamaroids gone back to their mansion in Chicago? Is it that it’s worse security-wise in the Windy City?

          Some TROLLS try to imply that the numbers are different and Conservatives are quick to say that the ranch in TX had all the technical assets needed by a President. However, is Hawaii so well-equipped? Or, are they depending on the technical facilities of Air Force One?

          And I’m not all that sure that all citizens of Hawaii and Massachusetts appreciate visits from supposed dignitaries that upset the daily affairs of some people in those states.

        • fedup

          And add the cost of the GREATLY expanded staff for the Unofficial,Unelected First Lady. Apparently she can’t do anything for herself.

  • Lester Peoples

    When are we to see the “O’mudda” bill of transparency that we should expect ? So ridiculous but true! The lies and deception have become so great the Dems themselves can’t believe anything either!

    • tedlv

      But they still hit their hands an knees and open up to the great ‘roid.

  • jon

    AGAIN THE GOVERNMENT REQUIRES TONS OF EXTRA PAPERWORK FROM EVERY SMALL COMPANY AND ADDS MORE EVERY YEAR YET WHEN IT IS IMPOSED ON THEM THEY SQUEAL AND SAY ITS GOING TO COST US MORE MONEY AND WASTED TIME TO COMPLY !!! SOUNDS LIKE A FAIR DEAL WE HAVE TO, SO NOW YOU ALSO DO !!!!

    • ManinNH

      But the Government has no income other than OUR MONEY. Any cost increases come out of OUR pocket!
      On another note, a counter is software and is very easily added to any website. Asking for our administration to Do the job they are there for seems out of place because they Do what THEY want to do, and Lie to us to stay in Power.

      • NoCrud

        Those goobermint “geniuses” are soooo much smarter than any of us. Or so the parasites think.

        • fedup

          Not just smarter, better. So they think.

      • fedup

        All costs come out of our pockets, either in taxes or higher costs for goods and services.

    • fedup

      If it’s a good reason for the WH why isn’t it a consideration for small business (or large business). The lack of logic and morality (ie truthfulness) by this mis-administration is epic. It will be discussed in textbooks..

      • JHorvathJr

        Yes, but unionized teachers won’t teach it. They’d have to go back to school to learn how to read.

  • texasranger

    The reporting of compromised info would only be an onerous job if the numbers are as high as we believe. If they are that huge then they Must be reported to the people.

    As for the second “reason”, even someone with rudimentary understanding of computer logic knows that is bull.

    • fedup

      Right on Tex, if it isn’t a problem, there should be no need to execute the notifications. Do they know that email notifications can be done more than one at a time?

      • jon

        why do you want them to e-mail you oh yeah voter drives to the brainless masses ! and money grabs to the union morons from there dear leaders !

  • culper355

    Only ‘resident in his 1st YEAR to spend 1 TRILLION dollars and have NOTHING, NADA, to show for it-

    • NoCrud

      Want to kill a conversation? Just ask for anyone to give one single example of something of definite good benefit to the country that can be attribute to The Obamaroid.

      A sure-fire conversation killer. Everyone walks away still scratching their heads trying to remember one positive thing that our Featless Leader has done.

      • culper355

        YUP!!

    • Pedro_Schwartz

      Ah, what he has for it is a second term.

      • NoCrud

        The Obamaroid “winning” elections is ignoring voter fraud and election theft that got votes for The Obamaroid in both elections.

        A search on ‘Ohio Voter Fraud” reveals that in that one state alone, it was significant.

        As for some TROLL that might cite examples of Republicans who defrauded the election process/system, it is not found on the National Level as for the Presidency. Only the Obamaroids have that distinct “honor.”

    • fedup

      Not much to show for in the other 4 years and trillions either.