The Washington Times - January 13, 2014, 08:01AM

Sen. John Barrasso said Monday the Senate needs to pass an Obamacare security bill like the one that made it through the House last week with the support of 67 Democrats.

Mr. Barrasso, Wyoming Republican, said the high-profile breach of personal data at Target stores reflects his party’s concern with the health care portals that connect Americans with private plans or Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

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“And yet the health care law says nothing” about securing people’s private data over the Internet, he told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

He called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, to take up a House bill that requires the federal government to notify consumers within two days if their personally identifiable information has been breached on the state-based markets tied to the health care law.

More than five dozen Democrats helped pass the measure in the House, and Mr. Barrasso was among six GOP senators who introduced a companion bill in the Senate.

“Big bipartisan support, yet the president says he’s opposed to it,” he said.

On another topic, Mr. Barrasso said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie “answered questions for two hours” about a burgeoning “traffic study” scandal and that he is among nearly a dozen qualified candidates to lead the GOP in the party’s bid to retake the White House in 2016.

Mr. Barrasso, a Republican, said whether or not Mr. Christie was involved in lane closures near the George Washington Bridge might not matter much to people around the country.

“In Wyoming, we don’t see traffic jams like this, so it’s unique,” he said.