Congressman Lee Terry says the Obama Administration needs to be more transparent about how many people are actually getting health insurance through the federal exchanges.
Terry succeeded in guiding his health insurance transparency bill through the House. The House easily approved his bill on a 259-154 vote. The White House opposes the bill and Terry doesn’t give it much chance of even being debated in the Senate.
The troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act website, Healthcare.gov, is well documented. Terry says reliability remains an issue, but Congress now is more concerned about the safety of the website. Through the website, the federal government is collecting enormous amounts of data on American citizens.
“And, there is already discussions about how secure that is,” Terry tells Kevin Thomas host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “And so, the subject, or our oversight has turned more from the competency of the website to the security of the website.”
The bill sponsored by Terry would require the Department of Health and Human Services to disclose how many people have enrolled through the website, how many have actually bought insurance policies, and basic information, such as the age of enrollees.
Terry says he is going to frame a quote by President Obama who came out in opposition to his bill.
“I joke, but the reality is it’s disappointing, because the president has said that he wants to be the most transparent administration in the history of the world and the reality is they’re not being transparent,” Terry says. “This is simple data. This isn’t very intrusive. This is just basic information that insurance commissioners require.”
At present, the administration releases limited data on a monthly basis.