Fox News’ Mike Emanuel and Chad Pergram contributed to this report.
Congressional lawmakers and staff are getting a hard lesson in the problems with the ObamaCare websites, as they run up against long wait times, technical failures and security issues with the D.C. exchange.
The problems prompted the House chief administrative officer on Thursday to write the Office of Personnel Management urging them to take “immediate steps” to make sure lawmakers and staff can enroll.
New problems emerged on Friday, with a Capitol Hill source drawing attention to an apparent scam in the system. The source detailed how, after telling the user the password was incorrect, the site directed the individual to a “forgot password” page — which then asked for highly personal information.
“On that page I was asked for my check card number and my ATM pin,” the source said. “I was fairly confident this was a scam so I called customer service. After a 103 minute hold time, I was told that this was indeed a scam.”
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, criticized Reid earlier this week for giving some staff a pass.
“Sen. Reid’s decision to exempt his staff … is the clearest example yet of ObamaCare’s failures and Washington hypocrisy,” he said. “His staff worked to pass it and continue to promote it, now they don’t want to be part of it because it’s a disaster.”