Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) says people will be required to provide personal information, such as their Social Security number and income data, to the exchanges. That data will be forwarded to a federal data hub that will allow the government to verify this data.
"It would simply be irresponsible to open the exchanges without adequate safeguards to protect and secure consumers' personal information," he said Wednesday. "While the administration claims that these safeguards exist, there is simply no way to verify these claims absent an independent review."
Hatch's bill is co-sponsored by 28 Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.). In the House, Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) proposed a companion bill, along with three other Republicans.