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Congressman Hurt Speaks Out about Issues Facing Virginians

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Fifth District Congressman Robert Hurt visited NBC29 Wednesday morning to speak about the issues he says Virginians face. At the forefront, the health care changes coming down the pike.

Hurt says the Affordable Health Care Act has already had a negative effect on the people who live in his district.  He says increased health care costs affect not just employers, but trickle down to employees.   

According to Hurt, problems with this new coverage aren't limited to the private sector.

"The University of Virginia, like these colleges and localities, are no different than the private sector. It's a matter of dollars and cents and that is a true cost of the president's health care law that, unfortunately, is being paid for or suffered by the families," said Hurt.

Hurt says this may be the reason UVA will not cover employee spouses who can get health care at their own jobs. 

Hurt also spoke about Washington's response to developments in Syria. Hurt says the U.S. should stay out of Syria right now.

Senior U.S. officials say the Obama Administration is still trying to determine what military action it will take to deter Syria from future chemical weapons attacks.

"By virtue of the fact alone that chemical weapons have been used, it's not clear to me how that necessarily affects our national security interests," said Hurt.

Hurt says he hopes the president will consult with Congress before making any decisions to move forward.

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