It’s a new day, which must mean we’ll have more stories about how wonderful the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will be. The second item below should be of grave concern to everyone. Perhaps Congress should introduce a bill to delay the start of the Exchanges, given HHS are waiving protections necessary for the confidentiality of those who want to purchase insurance through the Exchanges.
Legislator Asks Deal To Block UGA From Develop Obamacare Navigator Program. Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, sent Deal a letter calling for an executive order instructing the school to refuse the grant awarded the day before. “The federal government wanted this policy; therefore, let them fund it and implement it on their own,” Spencer wrote. “The Affordable Care Act will collapse under its own bureaucratic weight and the state of Georgia must not get sucked into this policy vortex.” Spencer said he would consider legislation to block the grant if the governor decided not to issue an order. The governor’s staff had no comment. Navigators are people hired by the government to help folks “navigate” the complicated Health Insurance Exchange system created by the Affordable Care Act.
Related: AGs Raise Navigator Program Privacy Concerns. Several Attorneys General, including Georgia’s Sam Olens, have sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius raising concerns over the privacy of those who may decide to purchase insurance through the Exchanges. Florida AG Pam Bondi said: “Because of time constraints, HHS [is] cutting back on the requirement to become a navigator, meaning they’re not going to be doing background checks. They’re not going to be fingerprinting these people,” said Bondi in an interview with Fox. “And it’s more than navigators. It’s people that assist the navigators. Now, these navigators will have our consumers throughout the country’s most personal and private information — tax return information, Social Security information. And our biggest fear, of course, is identity theft.” Let’s be honest, the Navigator system is a jobs program for former Obama For America volunteers, SEIU members, and other “favored” entities. What could go wrong?
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