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TODAY   |  October 31, 2013

Sebelius grilled by congress on Obamacare site flaws

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was grilled Wednesday on the Obamacare site’s flaws and privacy concerns. NBC’s Peter Alexander reports.

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>>> the white house is spinning off terms that the white house could be vulnerable to hackers. peter alexander , good morning to you.

>> reporter: good morning, privacy rights groups and critics say it's scary how many people will have access to all that information, applicants entering the obama care system. today, they're making sure tough enough safe guards are in place. with october finally coming to a close, it's been nothing but a nightmare for the launch of obama care. the latest concern, is the website secure?

>> would you shut down the system and do and end to end test.

>> if you treed memo.

>> i have read it.

>> reporter: kathleen sebelius was grilled about the memo, warns the security site was not finished, exposing a level of uncertainty of high risk . sebelius insists monitoring and testing is under way.

>> the october deadline became so important that everything elsebell fell to the wayside.

>> reporter: the security administration under bush and obama , before the crippled site debuted, some within the obama administration questioned the adequacy of the privacy question.

>> there were shortcuts taken on the quality of the information technology and they decided simply to ignore the privacy rights of americans.

>> reporter: healthcare.gov says personal data, social security numbers and financial information could be shared with local governments, private contractors, even the department of homeland security .

>> we are just going to keep on working at it, we are going to grind it out.

>> reporter: accepting full responsibility for the rollout, president obama directly addressed the millions of americans getting cancellation letters, urging them to shop for a new plan.

>> you will be getting a better deal.

>> reporter: vice president joe bodyen says both he and the president have been assured the website was good to go.

>> neither he and i are technology geeks and we assumed that it was up and ready to run.

>> reporter: now, about those security concern, administration officials say sharing data is critical to determine whether people qualify for government subsidies . the health and human department tells nbc news, consumers can trust the information they are providing is protected by security stringent standards, matt.