Obamacare Website Security: Avoid Using it – ‘Practice Abstinence,’ Lawmaker Says

By Penny Starr | November 20, 2013 | 9:53am EST

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) advised people Tuesday to avoid using the healthcare.gov website because of recent concerns about privacy issues.

“The best way to stay secure is to practice abstinence,” Massie said. “Just don’t go to the website.”

Massie spoke at the Conversations with Conservatives event at The Heritage Foundation where the Affordable Care Act was the main topic discussed, including security breaches that have been reported.

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) said at the event that a man in North Carolina logged on to the site and got the personal information of a man who lives in South Carolina.

“(He) faxed a copy of exactly the print out that he had from healthcare.gov,” Duncan said. “This isn’t an instance of hacking.

“This was unintentional where healthcare.gov sent someone else a gentleman’s private information,” Duncan said. “Real stories are coming out about this and how bad it is.”

“The security issue is something I think that every American – we should all be concerned about, because you’re talking about the identity of people and people getting your most precious and private information,” Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) said at the event. “That’s something that we should be concerned about.”

On Tuesday, the House Energy and Commerce and the House Science Space and Technology committees both held hearings focused on security on the Obamacare website.

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