Rep. Paul Cook Votes to Protect Healthcare Privacy
WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) today voted for H.R. 3811, the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act of 2014, which passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 291-122. Cook was an original cosponsor of this legislation.
This bill addresses potential security issues on the healthcare exchange website, Healthcare.gov. It requires the government to notify individuals, within two days, of any security breach on the federal or state exchanges. This will ensure that America’s privacy is properly addressed and that Americans are promptly alerted if their information has been compromised.
Said Cook, “With the messy rollout of Obamacare, I’m extremely concerned that there is high risk of a security breach. Obamacare currently contains no public disclosure requirement if there is a security breach of personal and medical information.
“I’m determined to protect my constituents from the consequences of Obamacare. We have a right to expect that our most private information is protected. If your information is compromised, you have a right to know. I voted today to fix this egregious flaw in a deeply broken law.”
A member of the House Armed Services, Veterans' Affairs, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook is a former educator who served as an infantry officer and retired as a Colonel after 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal with valor device and two Purple Hearts for actions in combat.