It took digging to discover just the names of the two vendors awarded $142 million to create the federal exchange. We only found out about the firms after a state insurance commissioner inadvertently posted documents on the Web. The documents also revealed that the federal data will be combined with data streams from state governments. This hub will achieve what has, until now, only appeared in pulp thrillers: a central database linking critical state and federal data on every U.S. citizen for real-time access.
Congress should be concerned about the ability of government to keep the data hub secure. Data security is already dismal.
O great. --ts