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New problems emerging with healthcare website

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WASHINGTON - While the administration is scrambling to fix issues with the Affordable Healthcare website, new problems are coming to light.

A CBS news analysis finds key security tests fell behind schedule and the site is vulnerable to hackers.

Members of Congress are now asking the woman in charge of healthcare.gov why.

CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner faced Congress for a second time as CBS News found new privacy concerns with healthcare. gov.
An analysis showed a final security test was never performed before the site went online.

CMS knew about potential problems but Tavenner signed documents accepting that risk.

”When consumers fill out the online application, they can trust the information they provided is protected by stringent security standards,” said Marilyn Tavanner, CMS Administrator.

Republicans say the site should be taken down and this is one more reason why the president’s healthcare law needs to be delayed.

 “The new promise is if you want healthcare, go find it on a website that won’t be working properly until the end of November that’s unwelcome Christmas present, ” said Sen. Lamar Alexander.

South Carolina attorney Thomas Dougall and his wife registered on the website, but the couple’s eligibility letters, containing private information, were sent to a man in North Carolina.

 “It’s just a system that we’ve continually been told was secure and now I’ve found out it’s not secure,” said Thomas Dougall, who registered for healthcare.

 “On this incident in South Carolina we were made aware of it yesterday and we implemented a software fix yesterday to fix that,” said Marilyn Tavenner, CMS Administrator.

Tavenner says upgrades are being made every day to make sure the site is secure.

Tavenner’s boss, Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius, will face more questions from Congress tomorrow.
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