Rep. Marsha Blackburn Says Obamacare Website Could Leak Health Info, But Can't Prove Claim (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) is a strong opponent of Obamacare, but wasn't able to back up her latest claim that the Obamacare website could be leaking private medical information in violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

This morning on CNN, host Carol Costello asked Rep. Blackburn numerous times to state any specific health care information that could be leaked by HealthCare.gov.

“So what specifically were you referring to on the website that violates, that could possibly violate HIPAA?” asked Costello, noted ThinkProgress.org.

“Carol, HIPAA requires you to,” said Rep. Blackburn, "It’s the way you structure your website and the way you transit the information, the transfer rights that are there, and when you look at privacy on these websites, what you have to do is keep all of the application information in one server... and then you have to, whether it is a physical server or a cloud server.”

After Rep. Blackburn dodged the same question several times, Costello stated, “HIPAA has to do with medical records. The only medical question it asks is ‘Do you smoke?’”

Ironically, Rep. Blackburn made no mention of how CVS Pharmacies actually do gather people's personal medical information by offering customers $50 in goods in exchange for their HIPAA rights.

The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this year that CVS was expanding its ExtraCare rewards program into prescription medications and dubbing the new program ExtraCare Pharmacy & Health Reward.

However, to join this new program, consumers must give up their privacy rights under HIPAA.

Sources: Los Angeles Times and ThinkProgress.org