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Unable to back up her rhetoric about Obamacare, GOP lawmaker resorts to double-talk

Meet the Press - Season 65

U.S. Rep. Marsha Washburn (above), a Tennessee Republican, faced a tougher challenge than she expected when she was interviewed by CNN anchor Carol Costello this morning on the subject of Washburn’s purported concerns about the privacy rights of Obamacare applicants.

The story and a video are HERE:

The exchange originated from a question Blackburn herself leveled at the primary contractors responsible for HealthCare.gov during a House Energy & Commerce Committee hearing on Thursday. Blackburn asked the witnesses why some of their employees had access to “the database servers storing the enrolling information” and suggested that they were in violation of The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the law that guarantees “federal protections for individually identifiable health information held by covered entities and their business associates and gives patients an array of rights with respect to that information.”

Asked to explain how requiring enrollees to enter their biographical enrollment information violates a law that only applies to medical data between medical entities, Blackburn demurred.

 

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