CBS: Top ObamaCare official wanted site shut down over security risks — and was overruled

posted at 9:41 am on December 20, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

It’s not as if HHS wasn’t aware of concerns over security for the ObamaCare exchange they launched.  Dozens of Attorneys General issued public warnings over the summer about the lack of security in a system that would contain the most private identity information of any web portal ever. Their own Inspector General blasted the contractors working on the site in June for their performance on security.

Still, HHS rolled out the site even with those gaps unaddressed, putting millions of Americans at risk for identity theft — but the news gets worse.  CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson reports this morning that a top official in the ObamaCare exchange told Congress on Tuesday that HHS discovered two more big security issues that no one detected before the rollout:

A top HealthCare.gov security officer told Congress there have been two, serious high-risk findings since the website’s launch, including one on Monday of this week, CBS News has learned.

Teresa Fryer, the chief information security officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), revealed the findings when she was interviewed Tuesday behind closed doors by House Oversight Committee officials. The security risks were not previously disclosed to members of Congress or the public. Obama administration officials have firmly insisted there’s no reason for any concern regarding the website’s security. …

Details are not being made public for security reasons but Fryer testified that one vulnerability in the system was discovered during testing last week related to an incident reported in November. She says that as a result, the government has shut down functionality in the vulnerable part of the system. Fryer said the other high-risk finding was discovered Monday.

Fryer then told Congress that she recommended the site be shut down to address the security gaps — and was overruled:

“My recommendation was a denial of ATO [Authority to Operate -- allowing the website to go live],” Fryer told Democrats and Republicans who sat in on the day-long interview. According to Fryer, she first recommended denying the ATO to CMS chief information officer Tony Trenkle based on the many outstanding security concerns after pre-launch testing.

“I had discussions with him on this and told him that my evaluation of this was a high risk,” Fryer told the committee. Trenkle retired from his CMS job on Nov. 13. He has not responded to CBS News interview requests.

That must have been news to Congress.  As Attkisson recounts, Kathleen Sebelius testified before Congress on October 30th that “no senior official reporting to me ever advised me that we should delay.” While Sebelius may be able to claim that Fryer didn’t report to her and that her statement was technically accurate, Congress may want to know why Sebelius went forward with the launch without Fryer’s signature on the letter recommending the ATO. Fryer also told Congress that she personally briefed Sebelius’ advisers on her recommendation to withhold the ATO on September 20th, six weeks before her testimony to Congress.

Once again, we have the spectacle of another high-ranking Obama administration official misrespresenting — at best — the operations of agencies to Congress in areas of legitimate oversight.  The question is beginning to change from who’s being dishonest to whether anyone on Barack Obama’s team has ever been honest in testimony to Congress.  I’d expect House Oversight chair Darrell Issa to start issuing subpoenas to everyone briefed by Fryer, so that the question of obstruction of Congress by Kathleen Sebelius can be answered.  (Those names include the already-discredited Henry Chao, by the way.)  It’s clear that the dishonesty of this administration extends far and wide.

Update (Allahpundit): Fryer’s not the only techie at CMS whose signature was mysteriously missing from the Authority to Operate. Remember Tony Trenkle? He was the project manager who left the agency in November — an unusual move given the all-hands-on-deck attitude to fixing Healthcare.gov at the time. Trenkle also didn’t sign the ATO. I speculated at the time that he refused for the same reasons that Fryer did, namely, that no tech specialist with a conscience would greenlight a site this vulnerable, but the official explanation was that CMS chief Marilyn Tavenner wanted to sign the ATO herself because this project was super-important and should be formally endorsed by the head of the agency or whatever. Sure looks like Tavenner was fully aware of how dangerous Healthcare.gov could be to users who entered their private information but insisted that the site be launched anyway, over the objections of her own team. It’s subpoena time.


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AND…..the hits keep comin’.

esr1951 on December 20, 2013 at 9:42 AM

You can’t hold awesome back.

NotCoach on December 20, 2013 at 9:41 AM

NotCoach on December 20, 2013 at 9:42 AM

The adults got kicked out of the room. Sheesh.

22044 on December 20, 2013 at 9:43 AM

The question is beginning to change from who’s being dishonest to whether anyone on Barack Obama’s team has ever been honest in testimony to Congress

The answer? “Yes.”

Gatsu on December 20, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Haven’t you figured out yet that the truth is whatever they say it is at the moment?

UnderstandingisPower on December 20, 2013 at 9:44 AM

It will give up more data than Target.

Who’s in YOUR wallet?

EpicClusterFarcNado™

Repeal 4Zero4Care now. It’s a colossal fail.

dogsoldier on December 20, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Gatsu on December 20, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Someone on Obama’s team has been honest? Who? Or am I, Or am I not understanding what you intended?

dogsoldier on December 20, 2013 at 9:46 AM

The GOP is so on this, Issa will be holding hearings and then burying it all in a hole behind the Congress building.

They’re LYING, you sacks of worthless shiite, when will you do something about it.

Bishop on December 20, 2013 at 9:46 AM

I’m trying to imagine something like this happening in the private sector, and the response.

The board would demand that heads roll. I’d say that it’s very possible that the DoJ would demand an investigation. The corporation would feel like they were under siege from all of the newsies parked out front. Executives coming to work would be running the gauntlet every day to get inside.

The MSM may be finally criticizing the administration on this, but it’s still muted compared to what we’d see if this had happened at Aetna, or a Big Three automaker, or Citibank.

Chris of Rights on December 20, 2013 at 9:46 AM

I heard Carville the other night say that as this goes along, people will like it better and better.

Maybe when all the wheels stop falling off the train, we’ll finally have a stable system.

But c’mon don’t you remember in the early days of Amazon, when it dumped everybody off their health insurance and blew up prices in all markets–even on other sites? C’mon. You must remember that!

Axeman on December 20, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Ed said,

It’s clear that the dishonesty of this administration extends far and wide. everywhere!!!

Fixed.

Anti-Control on December 20, 2013 at 9:48 AM

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Chris of Rights on December 20, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Doesn’t the constitution say somewhere that it’s OK for the executive branch to “mislead” the congress? I’m sure that the newly packed DC Circuit and the Roberts court fill find that somewhere.

kcewa on December 20, 2013 at 9:48 AM

The whole administration will be using the “Costanza Clause” — “It’s not a lie if you believe it.”

tpitman on December 20, 2013 at 9:48 AM

President Obama at one point blamed all the red tape surrounding government IT work for the failures. What’s the point in having red tape if they can still release an insecure piece of junk? Or did they break the law there, too?

NukeRidingCowboy on December 20, 2013 at 9:49 AM

So, in other words, further evidence that the claims of shock over glitches in the system following roll out were nothing more than stagecraft.

Happy Nomad on December 20, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Heads UP,..please don’t cooment:

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canopfor on December 20, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Lie’n pieces of chit…. who’d of thunk it!

roflmmfao

donabernathy on December 20, 2013 at 9:51 AM

President Obama at one point blamed all the red tape surrounding government IT work for the failures. What’s the point in having red tape if they can still release an insecure piece of junk? Or did they break the law there, too?

NukeRidingCowboy on December 20, 2013 at 9:49 AM

To be fair, nobody is madder than Obama.

Happy Nomad on December 20, 2013 at 9:52 AM

My head is spinning with this clusterphuck.

We need a special election, complete with tar and feathers. Some stocks might be involved, too.

BuckeyeSam on December 20, 2013 at 9:52 AM

read more on senate.gov

canopfor on December 20, 2013 at 9:50 AM

No thanks, until it turns into a death watch I’m not interested. ;0

Happy Nomad on December 20, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Solution?

“Transfers and Promotions for EVERYone!!”
–Cruella Sibelius

orangemtl on December 20, 2013 at 9:53 AM

To be fair, nobody is madder than Obama.

Happy Nomad on December 20, 2013 at 9:52 AM

In the British sense?

Axeman on December 20, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Let’s hope Dems pay for this for a generation.

While we ate, let’s enforce immigration law and get gays off our backs .

BuckeyeSam on December 20, 2013 at 9:54 AM

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Chris of Rights on December 20, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Sites like Hot Air and Ace of Spades will run out of material to bash Obama on when Obama is run out of town . . .

tpitman on December 20, 2013 at 9:55 AM

The road to Hellth-Care is paved with good intentions.

MaxMBJ on December 20, 2013 at 9:55 AM

This is going to make Boehner cry…

d1carter on December 20, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Their own Inspector General blasted the contractors working on the site in June for their performance on security.

This is Michelle Obama’s friend, right? Why aren’t people screaming more about that conflict of interest? Too much to complain about already?

BuckeyeSam on December 20, 2013 at 9:56 AM

I sense the clever “Pajama Boy” strategy at work. The geniuses in the ever-so-normal Progressive movement have again provided us with yet another seemingly incompetent and illegal move by the creators of Obamacare… and conservatives took the bait! With each exposure of what appears to be a gigantic debacle, conservatives jump in and criticize. Conservatives are playing right into their hands!

/Megan McArdle

mankai on December 20, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Top ObamaCare official wanted site shut down over security risks — and was overruled

I hear they’re hiring at Target.

whatcat on December 20, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Just wait until Obama finds out about this when he reads the newspaper today. He is going to be very angry.

Johnnyreb on December 20, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Dear Leader is going to do his newser in board shorts…

d1carter on December 20, 2013 at 9:58 AM

It appears Hopey/Changey is on two losing Security Fronts,
NSA/HealthCare!!!

canopfor on December 20, 2013 at 9:58 AM

mankai on December 20, 2013 at 9:57 AM

I’ve come to the realization that Ms. McArdle is a bit of a dim bulb.

NotCoach on December 20, 2013 at 9:58 AM

They should get the contractors who are working the IT for the NSA. They don’t seem to be having these kinds of problems.

BobK on December 20, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Like I was saying in my car on the way to work, this is not A LAW, this is more like the montage in a movie where somebody says “Hey! Let’s put on a show!!”.

“Hey, health insurance companies, you’ve got coverage! And taxpayers you have money! And, and the Secretary of HHS will decide things!! What’s that the costumes won’t be here until 3 days!! And the star broke his leg?! Okay, everybody, it’s time for the plucky understudy to show what he has! Health insurance companies can you do everything in 2 days! Great!!”

They need a montage.

Axeman on December 20, 2013 at 9:59 AM

This why we need the government, to protect consumers from these giant and careless and heartless corporations who lie and lie and lie and don’t care about the safety and well-being of their customers!

How’s that?

Oh, never mind.

/Progs

mankai on December 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM

IMPEACH obama NOW!

Pork-Chop on December 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM

I think somebody is overdue for a vacation in the Caymans.

mankai on December 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM

I’m torn about Reid. I’m not supposed to wish ill on anyone, but the man is evil to the core.

22044 on December 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Harry Reid admitted to hospital…his insurance covers everything.

d1carter on December 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM

In the British sense?

Axeman on December 20, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Well, I don’t speak British so I’m not sure. All I do know is that Obama is quite mad. ;0

Happy Nomad on December 20, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Bishop on December 20, 2013 at 9:46 AM

It’s all theater so the establishment Republicans can build up some political capital with the base that will be spent next year on something they won’t like.

Wigglesworth on December 20, 2013 at 10:03 AM

I’m torn about Reid. I’m not supposed to wish ill on anyone, but the man is evil to the core.

22044 on December 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM

I’m wishing he realizes he needs to spend more time with his family.

mankai on December 20, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Harry Reid admitted to hospital…his insurance covers everything.

d1carter on December 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM

He’s just getting some quick care before the entire system collapses.

NotCoach on December 20, 2013 at 10:03 AM

I’m torn about Reid. I’m not supposed to wish ill on anyone, but the man is evil to the core.

22044 on December 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM

How’s this for an out. You are not supposed to wish ill on your fellow human beings. That leaves you free to wish ill on Reid.

Happy Nomad on December 20, 2013 at 10:03 AM

IMPEACH obama NOW!

Pork-Chop on December 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Let’s wait until the Dems lose control of the Senate.

Oldnuke on December 20, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Impeachment and imprisonment for those involved, and obozo should be treated as a traitor.

Flange on December 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Crickets from the whpc at today’s presser for sure…..more like what are your plans in Hawaii?

cmsinaz on December 20, 2013 at 10:06 AM

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Chris of Rights on December 20, 2013 at 9:48 AM

“We’re all rogerb now!”

Lanceman on December 20, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Breaking news….dear leader pivoting to military sexual assaults investigation

cmsinaz on December 20, 2013 at 10:07 AM

I’m wishing he realizes he needs to spend more time with his family.

mankai on December 20, 2013 at 10:03 AM

That’s my wish for the 2pm presser by the rat-eared wonder!

Seriously, I don’t know what the point of today’s presser is. What the hell is the lazy stupid bastard going to say? And why say it as Air Force One is fueled up and the lobster is on ice ready for the annual Christmas vacation with the First Yeti and worthless brats?

Happy Nomad on December 20, 2013 at 10:08 AM

I’ve come to the realization that Ms. McArdle is a bit of a dim bulb.

NotCoach on December 20, 2013 at 9:58 AM

She has a very good understanding of economics and fiscal policies. Her articles on those things are near the best you will find anywhere.

Her opinions on other issues are generally not worth reading, and often filled with faulty logic and inconsistencies.

It’s like she has a ghost writer for those. Or maybe that’s who she is and she has a ghost writer for the others. Either way, it’s hard to believe that both sets of articles are written by the same person. One set is incredibly well thought out and logical. The other set is neither of those things.

Chris of Rights on December 20, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Politico has some great questions for dear leader that will never be asked by whpc

cmsinaz on December 20, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Paglia on the fascism and Stalinist tactics of the LEFT

According to Paglia, the culture has become too politically correct.

“To express yourself in a magazine in an interview — this is the level of punitive PC, utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist, OK, that my liberal colleagues in the Democratic Party and on college campuses have supported and promoted over the last several decades,” Paglia said. “This is the whole legacy of free speech 1960’s that have been lost by my own party.”

So here Paglia acknowledges that the LEFT has been indoctrinated over the course of decades to punish those with whom they disagree in pursuit of their goals, seeing their goal as justification for punishing others for disagreement, although, in this case, she’s discussing free speech, but it’s not a stretch to apply this to the pursuit of the policy issues dear to the LEFT. How many times have we seen this very tactic used in the drafting, passage, promotion of Obamacare?

“There is a dialogue going on human civilization, for heaven sakes. It’s not just this monologue coming from fanatics who have displaced the religious beliefs of their parents into a political movement,”

And here, Paglia states, in her characteristic unflinching style, that the LEFT has made their political beliefs into a sort of religion, displacing their parents religion with their worship of the utopian state that lies at the core of their ideology.

No wonder Obama, a product of the LEFT and its temporary leader, feels ‘justified’ in legislating from his desk, literally ignoring congress, and changing his ‘signature legislation’ at any time, and apparently, in any way, he chooses.

thatsafactjack on December 20, 2013 at 10:09 AM

I’d expect House Oversight chair Darrell Issa to start issuing subpoenas to everyone briefed by Fryer, so that the question of obstruction of Congress by Kathleen Sebelius can be answered.

Funny, I’d expect Darrell Issa to make a bunch of noise and then achieve absolutely nothing, just like he’s done with Fast-n-Furious and Benghazi and the IRS hag.

Well, technically you may be right… he may START issuing subpoenas. But nothing much more. He’s not a closer, whether by nature or by intent.

Meanwhile, everyone continues to act like Jake Tapper is some kind of major patriot, although in reality, Sharyl Attkisson is pretty much the only one in the media doing anything useful.

bofh on December 20, 2013 at 10:09 AM

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Just as afraid I am of the sun not coming up tomorrow. Really…I pee the bed about that!

Axeman on December 20, 2013 at 10:10 AM

I’m wishing he realizes he needs to spend more time with his family.

mankai on December 20, 2013 at 10:03 AM

How’s this for an out. You are not supposed to wish ill on your fellow human beings. That leaves you free to wish ill on Reid.

Happy Nomad on December 20, 2013 at 10:03 AM

These are both pretty good.

22044 on December 20, 2013 at 10:10 AM

At the presser today, Dear Leader will be dressed like Randy Quaid in the pool scene in Christmas vacation…Mele Kalikimaka

d1carter on December 20, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Chris of Rights on December 20, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Could be explained by experience and knowledge. A good example of that would be someone I knew involved in higher education. He understood that government involvement in his field was inflating prices at an alarming rate, and that the government needed to get out of the college loan business. But at the same time this person thought ObamaCare was a good idea. Too often people can’t see past their own experiences even if their own experiences should educate them on what the likely outcome would be for government involvement in other areas.

NotCoach on December 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

And why say it as Air Force One is fueled up and the lobster is on ice ready for the annual Christmas vacation with the First Yeti and worthless brats?

Happy Nomad on December 20, 2013 at 10:08 AM

C’mon man. You’re being a little hard on Malaria and Sausage.

bofh on December 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

OT:

Obama Administration caught telling the truth…

No that’s news…

PatriotRider on December 20, 2013 at 10:15 AM

[22044 on December 20, 2013 at 10:10 AM]

I’m hoping and praying Reid get better. I won’t like it at all if God infers with the good pummeling he deserves over the next year and I want to see his face when he hands over the gavel to an R in January 2015.

Dusty on December 20, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Chris keep posting that……never gets old

cmsinaz on December 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM

I thought the 3 Stooges show was only 30 minutes long. The one I’m currently watching has been running for ~5 years.

“Dewey, Cheatham, and Howe”

BobMbx on December 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Someone on Obama’s team has been honest? Who? Or am I, Or am I not understanding what you intended?

dogsoldier on December 20, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Honesty and the Obama administration are like oil and water, you can put them in the same glass, but they will always separate.

Sorry for the confusion dogsoldier, I meant that “yes” someone was lying and “yes” they are all liars.

If one told the truth at this point it would be weird I think.

Gatsu on December 20, 2013 at 10:18 AM

C’mon man. You’re being a little hard on Malaria and Sausage.

bofh on December 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

I used to have more compassion for the brats. Until they turned into their mother. Just like mom, they roam the world wasting millions in tax dollars for vacations. It is only a matter of time before they develop the addiction to lobster too.

Happy Nomad on December 20, 2013 at 10:19 AM

I used to have more compassion for the brats. Until they turned into their mother. Just like mom, they roam the world wasting millions in tax dollars for vacations. It is only a matter of time before they develop the addiction to lobster too.

Happy Nomad on December 20, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Royalty.

BobMbx on December 20, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Lies, lies, and more lies.
The epitaph of the Obama Administration.

albill on December 20, 2013 at 10:21 AM

cmsinaz on December 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM

:-)

Chris of Rights on December 20, 2013 at 10:21 AM

For those not sure how to feel about Reid being in the hospital just think about who might replace him.

Dickie Douchebag?

NotCoach on December 20, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Royalty.

BobMbx on December 20, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Yep, how many taxpayer dollars do you suppose they are going to squander for the upcoming vacation? They DO have a mafia-financed house in Chicago (that they don’t even use when visiting Chicago) and there is always Camp David.

Happy Nomad on December 20, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Lol

The white house will have to answer tough questions
-msdnc hack

Yeah that’s going to happen….. don’t blame me

cmsinaz on December 20, 2013 at 10:27 AM

I’m hoping and praying Reid get better. I won’t like it at all if God infers with the good pummeling he deserves over the next year and I want to see his face when he hands over the gavel to an R in January 2015.

Dusty on December 20, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Good reminder that God is sovereign over all affairs.

22044 on December 20, 2013 at 10:28 AM

“Another Case of Perjury”?!!

Hell show me someone in this administration who has no committed perjury!

The question is when the hell is someone going to do their damn job and hold these cretins to the same set of laws the rest of us follow!!!

I have bloody well had it with the entire lot, I dont care what side of the fence they are on…

Tilly on December 20, 2013 at 10:29 AM

“My recommendation was a denial of ATO [Authority to Operate -- allowing the website to go live],” Fryer told Democrats and Republicans who sat in on the day-long interview. According to Fryer, she first recommended denying the ATO to CMS chief information officer Tony Trenkle based on the many outstanding security concerns after pre-launch testing.

Drip. Drip. Drip.

Teresa Fryer to Tony Trenkle. So we can now move on to Tony Trenkle behind closed doors and ask him why he would approve launching a site with substandard security so that people could find insurance to replace their cancelled, substandard policies. I find it hard to believe that Trenkle would keep this concern to himself.

DaveDief on December 20, 2013 at 10:29 AM

For those not sure how to feel about Reid being in the hospital just think about who might replace him.

Dickie Douchebag?

NotCoach on December 20, 2013 at 10:21 AM

You don’t think that Chuck U Schumer has aspirations as well?

Actually, there might be some entertainment value in watching Chuck and Dickie slug it out.

bofh on December 20, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Obama and Sebellius to the American people:

“We didn’t lie, We responded in what we ‘thought’ was the least untruthful manner.”

Cavalry on December 20, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Yep, how many taxpayer dollars do you suppose they are going to squander for the upcoming vacation? They DO have a mafia-financed house in Chicago (that they don’t even use when visiting Chicago) and there is always Camp David.

Happy Nomad on December 20, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Given the opportunity, I suggest the answer would be “all of them”.

BobMbx on December 20, 2013 at 10:39 AM

I thought the 3 Stooges show was only 30 minutes long. The one I’m currently watching has been running for ~5 years.

“Dewey, Cheatham, and Howe”

BobMbx on December 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM

“I. Fleecem”

mankai on December 20, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Poor Obama. He won’t be hearing about this for at least another 5 hours or so..

/He’s on his way to vaycay! Yay! Hawaii!! Poor guy deserves a break!

Key West Reader on December 20, 2013 at 10:41 AM

#BREAKING: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been hospitalized. Details from his staff in moments on #NBC7.
9:06 AM – 20 Dec 2013

“If he dies…he dies.” — Ivan Drago

Pale Rider on December 20, 2013 at 10:43 AM

It’s subpoena time.

…and then what?………………………nothing!

KOOLAID2 on December 20, 2013 at 10:44 AM

I’m guessing that Sebelius and Tavenner have been promised pardons by Barky if they’re ever prosecuted & convicted of perjury.

Bitter Clinger on December 20, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Gatsu on December 20, 2013 at 10:18 AM

I had a feeling that is what you meant.

dogsoldier on December 20, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Happy Nomad on December 20, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Your list of lies just keeps getting longer!

So maybe Sebelius can be the runner up for liar of the year, since the president already holds that title.

scalleywag on December 20, 2013 at 10:47 AM

For those not sure how to feel about Reid being in the hospital just think about who might replace him.

Dickie Douchebag?

NotCoach on December 20, 2013 at 10:21 AM

While the Majority Leader might be up for grabs (would they hold another election?), Nevada has a Repbublican Governor. I would imagine he would appoint another Republican to finish out the term.

Mitoch55 on December 20, 2013 at 11:02 AM

ERIC HOLDER:
- 4 Felony Counts of Perjury
- DOJ refuses to Press Charges
- 1st Attorney General in US History to be Censured
- Admitted to ordering illegal / Un-Constitutional spying on of CBS reporter, editor, & reporter’s parents
** Obama protects / No Jail Time (like Scooter Libby was given by Democrats), & Obama continues engaging in cover-ups

2 x Ex-Heads of the IRS
- Perjury before Congress
- R-SC Rep Gowdy played the audio & video of 1 ex IRS Cief TO the Ex-IRS chief during the investigation, showing him perpetrating Perjury
- More IRS agents exposed as having lied / misled Congress
** No one held accountable, no arrests, no one fired, & Obama continues to engage in cover-up

Kathleen Sebelius
- Caught violating the law by pressuring companies she was over to donate money to Obamacare, then spent the money to help Obamacare program (Congress/the government can only legally spend money collected through tax revenue in such a way)
- Felonious Perjury before Congress
** Not held accountable, no charges, no arrest, not fired

Obama’s entire administration is 1 huge nest of criminals, liars, and threats to the US

easyt65 on December 20, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Damn the consequences, full speed ahead!

jeffinsjvca on December 20, 2013 at 11:17 AM

4m
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., on Obamacare: ‘Republicans have consistently asked for a 1-year delay of the mandates for all Americans, and put forward a proposal to allow American families to keep their health plans. The White House actions clearly prove Obamacare can’t work as designed. It’s time for Obamacare to be delayed for all’ – @GOPLeader
read more on majorityleader.gov
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Leader Cantor: It’s Time For ObamaCare To Be Delayed For All
Posted on December 20, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) released the following statement calling for ObamaCare to be delayed for all Americans following news last night that the Administration has delayed the individual mandate for those whose plans were canceled under ObamaCare:

“Our entire health care system can’t be fundamentally changed at any given time subject to the random impulses of President Obama. How can anyone make health care decisions today knowing that the law may be unilaterally changed again tomorrow?

“Many Americans had good health care that they liked and could afford, but lost it due to ObamaCare. Absent affordable alternatives, these families are now being told to simply go without care for a year or buy a bare bones plan that doesn’t offer them the care they need. Is that the promise of ObamaCare?

“Republicans have consistently asked for a one year delay of the mandates for all Americans, and put forward a proposal to allow American families to keep their health plans. The White House actions clearly prove ObamaCare can’t work as designed. It’s time for ObamaCare to be delayed for all.”

http://majorityleader.gov/newsroom/2013/12/cantor-its-time-for-obamacare-to-be-delayed-for-all.html

canopfor on December 20, 2013 at 11:23 AM

I will not comply because I am a free citizen of the United States, not a subject of its government. I consider non-compliance with this monstrosity and the tens of thousands of pages of regulations that are to be enforced by an unelected bureaucracy, and that have left a gigantic carbon footprint on our environment and the United States Constitution, a duty.

Non-compliance is my executive order, and that order reads in part that I do not recognize any government’s claim on my action or inaction in the marketplace, nor upon any personal information I am unwilling to divulge.

Schadenfreude on December 20, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Sure, but did you hear about that redneck who said drunkenness was a sin?

rogerb on December 20, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Obama: No security on the Healthcare.gov website? No problem!!! We’ve got personal information on millions of people! If they’re Democrats, we send them 50 donation requests for Hillary For America ’16. If they’re Republicans, we’ll send the IRS to tax their pants off!

So what’s the problem???

Steve Z on December 20, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Obama health care law
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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, demands full individual mandate delay – @TPM
read more on talkingpointsmemo.com
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Boehner Demands Full Individual Mandate Delay
Dylan Scott – December 20, 2013, 11:44 AM EST
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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said Friday that the individual mandate should be fully delayed for one year, the day after the Obama administration announced it would exempt people whose policies had been canceled from the penalty.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said the same in an earlier statement.

“With this latest delay, the Obama administration is once again admitting that the president’s health care law is unworkable and unaffordable,” Boehner said in a statement. “Millions have lost the plans they liked, only to find themselves priced out of new policies with higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs.”

“The administration’s action does nothing to address the problems at the center of the president’s health care law, or to help the families suffering its consequences. All Americans deserve a hardship exemption from this train wreck of a law, and a focus on patient-centered reforms that will help lower costs and protect jobs.”

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/boehner-obamacare-individual-mandate-delay

canopfor on December 20, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Ah. Another benefit to hiring the Microsoft flunky:
He will integrate Windows(tm) Automatic Security Updates.
Downloaded and installed hourly. Forever and ever and ever.

Tsar of Earth on December 20, 2013 at 12:01 PM

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said Friday that the individual mandate should be fully delayed for one year
 
canopfor on December 20, 2013 at 11:57 AM

 
Hooray.
 
It’s collapsing under its own weight and they want to delay it until after elections.

rogerb on December 20, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Fryer’s not the only techie at CMS whose signature was mysteriously missing from the Authority to Operate. Remember Tony Trenkle? He was the project manager who left the agency in November — an unusual move given the all-hands-on-deck attitude to fixing Healthcare.gov at the time. Trenkle also didn’t sign the ATO. I speculated at the time that he refused for the same reasons that Fryer did, namely, that no tech specialist with a conscience would greenlight a site this vulnerable, but the official explanation was that CMS chief Marilyn Tavenner wanted to sign the ATO herself because this project was super-important and should be formally endorsed by the head of the agency or whatever. Sure looks like Tavenner was fully aware of how dangerous Healthcare.gov could be to users who entered their private information but insisted that the site be launched anyway, over the objections of her own team. It’s subpoena time.

Significant, and, of course, completely unsurprising. I know if I were put in the position of either Fryer or Trenkle, there is no way I would sign off on it. They could always overrule me and go ahead with the implementation anyway, but without my name associated with it.

Anything less would be career suicide. Once you sell out your integrity like that, absolutely no one would hire you.

There Goes the Neighborhood on December 20, 2013 at 12:10 PM

President Obama at one point blamed all the red tape surrounding government IT work for the failures. What’s the point in having red tape if they can still release an insecure piece of junk? Or did they break the law there, too?

NukeRidingCowboy on December 20, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Yes. And apparently they broke the red tape too.
They done broke everthang, huh.

Tsar of Earth on December 20, 2013 at 12:11 PM

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