As I noted in my post on Frank Pallone letting "Smokey" Joe Barton have it for lying about the healthcare.gov web site violating medical privacy laws, Barton wasn't the only one accusing the contractors of violating HIPAA laws during that hearing. His buddy Marsha Blackburn was doing the same thing during her round of questioning prior to the dust up between Pallone and Barton. Thankfully, this Friday morning on CNN, Blackburn found herself being called out for her lies as well.
It seems Blackburn had a bit of trouble with her talking points when CNN anchor Carol Costello pushed her to explain just what medical information the people signing up for the exchanges would be turning over to the government: CNN Anchor Challenges Congresswoman To Substantiate Obamacare Criticism, Hilarity Ensues:
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: