Obama’s “Navigators” & Community Organizing (HB 136)
“We the people” paid $67 million to leftist groups to “sell” Obamacare nationwide via traveling Obamacare salesmen called “Navigators” who will also be registering voters at the same time!
My HB 136 is up tomorrow January 23 in committee. I have included a list of committee contacts for you to make before 3-3:30 PM tomorrow afternoon. Below are some of the problems with the Navigators:
National Review Online (11/21/14) found that, in New Mexico which requires Navigator background checks, “one in seven certified navigators turned up in the FBI’s criminal database ... among the charges levied against these navigators were domestic violence, larceny, and child abuse. New Mexico also caught and stopped several would-be navigators who had been charged with serious financial crimes.”
On page 59 of the 61 page HHS Obamacare application the applicant is asked, "Would you like to register to vote?" The close proximity of such a voter registration question to the certification of a government subsidy surely must suggest the two are somehow linked.
Delegate Marshall’s Legislative Response
My HB 136 provides that any Obamacare Navigator or affiliated group must be licensed by the State Corporation Commission and would require training, passing an exam, and a criminal history. HB 136 would bar “Navigators” with a felony conviction for fraud, misuse of funds, misuse of information, being required to register with the Sex Offender Registry, or knowingly providing bad information to uninsured persons about premium tax credits and cost-reductions.
HB 136 makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for a Navigator to provide applicant information to any political party or private group or person for voter registration, to disclose a social security number or personal information of any applicant or to encourage or direct an individual to knowingly make any false statements to an exchange or government agency in connection with enrollment for Obamacare. http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?141+ful+HB136
Please contact these members before 3-3:30 Thursday, January 23.
The US House Oversight Committee conducted a hearing on Navigators (12/6/13). Among other issues, Chairman Darrel Issa noted, “In Dallas, Navigators have been caught on camera advising individuals to commit tax fraud by under reporting income in order to gain higher subsidies.”
Cautions from Social Security Commissioner
Michael Astrue [HHS general counsel (1989-92) and Social Security Commissioner (2007-13)] recently wrote: “HHS opened the door to large-scale fraud by providing funding for tens of thousands of ‘navigators’ ... to persuade the uninsured to apply for coverage ... Instead of hiring well-screened, well-trained, and well-supervised workers, HHS decided to build political support for the Affordable Care Act by pouring money into supportive organizations ... these navigators are unaccountable, and yet they will be asking people for Social Security numbers and other sensitive information.” [Weekly Standard, 10/21/13]
State Attorneys General Weigh In
Thirteen Attorneys General wrote HHS Secretary Sebelius in August, 2013 with concerns of the lack of security of data integrity furnished by Obamacare applicants:
“... the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ... guidelines appear to provide significantly less protection to consumers with respect to navigators than the states have provided with respect to insurance agents and brokers. ... state-level ... licensed agents and brokers are personally liable if they fail to comply with these laws and requirements, and are obligated to maintain professional liability insurance to protect consumers.
.... HHS will be giving its stamp of approval to every counselor who interacts with a consumer. This position of trust will allow counselors to gain access to a wide variety of personal information from unsuspecting consumers.”