In an interview with Carol Costello on CNN Friday morning, Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) proved one more time that there is nothing between her ears but air.
She alleged that the federal healthcare website with all of the problems it is experiencing is putting at risk the privacy of people’s health records which means that it is in violation of the 1996 HIPAA law. When challenged by Costello to explain what health records or information would be placed at risk, she of course couldn’t. But that didn’t stop her from trying.
When Costello asked for clarification about Blackburn’s criticisms, saying,
“I’m trying to understand what kind of information you’re talking about. What kind of information are you talking about? What specifically does the website ask that I might be afraid might shared with whomever? Specifically. What information?”
“You should be very concerned not only as you navigate the website but as you make a purchase, and then as your information is handled. What we want to make certain is that an individual’s medical information, their financial information is all going to be kept in a private manner. What we do not want is a peeping Tom who is going to look through their PII, their personal identifying information…”
Costello shot back,
“But HIPAA has to do with medical records. The only medical questions it asks is ‘Do you smoke?’”
Of course no health records or information could possibly be at risk on the exchange since you are required to give no health information to choose or apply for insurance. The only health related question is “do you smoke?”
Since the law applies only to medical records it has no bearing whatsoever on the exchange which will never collect that information.
Her entire ramble makes absolutely no sense and for over six minutes she keeps spitting out the same nonsense and refuses to answer the very simple question. She also demonstrates her total lack of knowledge of computer systems as she tries to explain why these computers are not secure.
Repeatedly she speaks of both “physical and cloud servers.” She apparently thinks that when something is stored in the cloud it is simply out there floating around in the sky with no “physical” server until it is called for and then it just suddenly comes back down out of the sky to appear magically on some computer screen somewhere.
You can attempt to make sense of her incoherent ramblings by watching the video below. Good luck.
Watch the exchange below: