"Hi, I'm Robert Hurt. Thank you for tuning into our monthly video address. It is an honor and a privilege to represent the people of Virginia's Fifth District.
"Having just celebrated Thanksgiving, we are reminded of the freedoms we enjoy and the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform. I hope you will join me in keeping them in our thoughts this holiday season, as many will be away from their homes and their families, protecting our great country.
"Over the past month, my colleagues in the House and I have continued our oversight over the implementation of the President's healthcare law, and the American people are learning more about the law's harmful impacts. Thousands of people across the country learned that they will not be able to keep their current health care plan as the President originally promised when he proposed this law. Each day, I hear stories from concerned Fifth District Virginians who are now facing much higher premiums and deductibles or will not be able to continue seeing their doctor because their current plan was canceled.
"To continue our efforts to provide people relief from this misguided law, the House passed the Keep Your Health Plan Act on November 15th with bipartisan support. This legislation seeks to protect Americans from the expensive premiums brought on by the President's health care law by providing millions the opportunity to keep their policies in 2014. It will also ensure that those who choose to keep their health plans would not face a penalty under the individual mandate.
"We also learned more unsettling information about the development of the federal health insurance website. Despite the expenditure of hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer money, the site has been riddled with glitches, errors, and bugs for its first two months of operation-- rendering it unworkable for many Americans. While the Administration has announced that the federal health insurance exchange website is functioning better, another major issue has yet to be addressed -- the security of individuals' personal data entered into the site.
"The House of Representatives has held oversight hearings to look into this important issue, and the findings are disturbing. Cyber security experts have testified that significant flaws within healthcare.gov are putting Americans' security at serious risk. They stated that while rushing to achieve the public launch of the site, the Administration did not take the precautions necessary to protect the information of users, and therefore, they sacrificed the security of Americans' private information. These security problems must be addressed immediately to prevent the exploitation of individuals' most private information as they attempt to use this website.
"I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues with the goal in mind of a full repeal and replacement of the President's healthcare law. Virginians and Americans deserve healthcare reform that provides quality, affordable healthcare without stifling our economy.
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