(Washington, DC) – Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) issued this statement today following the bipartisan passage of H.R. 3811, the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act of 2014:

“During the holiday season, news broke that hackers had compromised the security of millions of customers from a major American retail store. Fortunately, the retailer immediately alerted their customers, giving them the opportunity to monitor their credit cards and make any personal changes they deemed necessary to protect their finances.

“Rather than mandating the same accountability for themselves, the Department of Health and Human Services has refused to commit to promptly notifying Obamacare enrollees if their personal information has been compromised. From the beginning, the Obamacare online health exchange has been a catastrophe and Americans deserve to know without undue delay if their personal information data is at risk. Our government should not have the option to disclose breaches or hide them from the public based on an undefined determination or convenience, especially when participation in the program is mandatory for many Americans and there isn’t an option to simply shop somewhere else.

“I was pleased to see bipartisan support for passage of the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act, legislation I co-sponsored, to ensure that the federal government promptly informs Obamacare enrollees if their information has been compromised. The federal government should be held to the same level of accountability that they require of others.”

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