Obamacare “Navigators” Pose Threat to Personal Privacy
State Attorneys General Demand Answers
In the growing chaos that surrounds Obamacare, alarm bells are ringing about the tens of thousands of “navigators” hired to help sign up participants in the healthcare insurance exchanges scheduled to open October 1.
In a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, attorneys general from 13 states raised a series of questions about the screening, guidance and monitoring of navigators with a focus on threats to personal privacy. The letter asked for a response by August 28, only about a month before the exchanges open for business.
Sebelius announced last week that HHS released $67 million to 105 organizations to help explain Obamacare in states where the federal government is involved in running the exchanges. The funds will go to community organizations, universities, and healthcare centers.
“Navigators will be among the many resources available to help consumers understand their coverage options in the marketplace,” Sebelius said.
HHS said four organizations in Arizona will receive funds and stated the anticipated amount for each organization: Arizona Association of Community Health Centers ($1,344,096); Greater Phoenix Urban League ($523,733); Arizona Board of Regents, University of Arizona ($190,268); Campesinos Sin Fronteras ($71,386).
Navigators will have the potential to gain access to applicants’ personal information, including Social Security numbers, tax returns, and medical histories, raising concerns about opportunities for widespread identity theft.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey, who organized the letter to Sebelius, said he and his colleagues are concerned about adequate training for navigators and safeguards to assure consumer protection.
“What the administration has done with respect to navigators is that they’ve cut back on the training requirements for these individuals from 30 to about 20 hours, and they haven’t given them an adequate amount of standards,” Morrissey said. “So what that tells me is that were going to be vulnerable to massive instances of identity theft across the country. Because these navigators are going to have access to some of the most personal and sensitive information that consumers have.”
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who signed the letter to Sebelius, expressed concern that the Obama administration is lifting in-depth background checks for navigators in the haste to prepare for the October 1 exchange deadline.
“What if they’ve been convicted of committing identity theft or grand theft before? They could potentially still become a navigator.”
Attorneys General from West Virginia, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas signed the letter to Sebelius.
Note also that the “navigators” are entities of the left: universities, unionized workers, urban and immigrant organizations, etc. Thus, taxpayer money is being diverted by bureaucrats and elected officials of the left TO entities of the left. This strengthens these entities. These entities inevitably return some of this money in the form of campaign support.
Essentially, then, what is happening here is that the left is using Obamacare to fund itself, and they are doing it with YOUR money. Just like with the s$787 billion stimulus, the left has discovered that it can fund itself using taxpayer money. It is little more than a giant money laundering operation. Your money.
During the course of his career, Walker has worked in Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, and Phoenix. He served as a reporter in Chicago, a press secretary and speechwriter in Washington, and in numerous positions in New York in corporate and financial services communications.
Walker is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.