Reputations and careers are waiting to be made with a scandal as enormous as the Obamacare fail. Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will get their chances tomorrow and next Wednesday as first the contractors who delivered the failed Obamacare websites troop to the Hill tomorrow, and then Kathleen Sebelius arrives next Wednesday.
Reporters too have great veins of pure gold sitting in front of them to mine. Below are a list of suggested questions for members of the Committee in anticipation of tomorrow's hearings, and then five key lines of digging for ambitious young reporters looking for that Pulitzer.
For the Members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce:
Does the theft of any of the data being inputed into these systems seem likely to you? Have you provided any member of the government with any warnings about the security of the data being inputted into the system by American citizens? If you did provide such warning, to whom did you give it and when? Was it in writing?
Are you involved in the Spanish language website rollout? Did you receive any instructions to slow that site down for any reason? If so, why? If not, why is it not yet open?
Who are your primary contacts at the Department of Health and Human Services? Did you ever have any contact at all, via email or phone, with the White House staff?
The president announced a "Tech Surge" to repair the damage you have done. Have you been contacted by any new team members? Who are they? Do you have an opinion on their credentials and skills sets?
The president asserted a 24/7 effort to salvage your work is underway. Do you know where that is occurring? Is it 24/7? Are you being paid for your contributions to that effort?
Have your lawyers advised you with regards to any potential question or subject matter area to invoke the protections of the Fifth Amendment?
For reporters, young and old, seeking a career-maker: Five promising lines of inquiry:
1. How secure is the data that hundreds of thousands (and eventually millions) of Americans are loading into deeply flawed websites, both on the federal and on the states' Obamacare sites?
HH: I’m hearing a lot that Americans are worried about the security of their data, that these sites…
Fred Upton: For good reason.
HH: Okay, tell me about that.