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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130 thoughts on “White House offers ridiculous excuses to object to Obamacare transparency bills

  1. NoCrud says:

    “The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U. S. Dept. of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps ever to 46 million people. Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U. S. Dept. of the Interior, asks us ‘Please Do Not Feed the Animals.’ The stated reason for this policy is that the animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves. This ends today’s lesson.”

    — Author Unknown

  2. NoCrud says:

    “In 2012, according to data released…by the Census Bureau, approximately 101,493,000 people in the U.S. got health-insurance coverage through government-run programs…At the same time…there were only 97,180,000 who worked full-time in the private sector in 2012. That means that even before the full implementation of Obamacare, there were already more people on government health-care in this country that people working full-time in the private sector.”

    1. Pedro_Schwartz says:

      That is precisely the liberal, progressive, Democrat program – to grow government to the point where more people are dependent upon it than otherwise, be it in the form of handouts or government jobs.

  3. Dominic De Falco says:

    “most transparent in history,” Can this administration say ANYTHING that is not a lie?!

    1. NoCrud says:

      “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”
      — Adolf Hitler

      1. Dominic De Falco says:

        Tells you a lot about the human mind, doesn’t it!
        Humans are suppose to learn by their mistakes but instead, fail to recognize and doomed to repeat them!

  4. Ralph Sampson says:

    They’ve placed an undue burden on the entire country and they have the nerve to complain about having to inform people that their information might have been stolen from the worthless website? I really wish the earth would open up and swallow that halfbreed mutt and his offsquirts. And his gorilla mate.

  5. mschmidt48 says:

    The administration is worried about wasting millions of dollars to implement policies that will make sure they’re finally transparent, but they were never concerned for the Trillions of dollars of wasted tax payer money to implement ObamaCare? (SARCASM INSERTED HERE——>) But you must admit that Obama has been the most transparent president in history (NO SARCASM HERE, ONLY TRUTH—–>) because he couldn’t be more clear that his intentions have been designed to destroy this great country of ours by destroying our economy !

  6. fedup says:

    They throw so much BS around that they can’t think straight any more.

  7. JHorvathJr says:

    “new staff would need to be hired on an expedited basis”
    to the WH adding NEW JOBS is a bad thing! What might be the reason for NOT wanting MORE jobs? Not enough crooks in Acorn?

    “to be the most transparent presidential administration in history.” – someone can still expect this of Obama’n minions?

  8. PennyRobinsonFanClub says:

    Oh he’s transparent all right. See right through him!

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