White House: These GOP attacks on navigators are just another effort to sabotage ObamaCare, you know

posted at 7:11 pm on December 16, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

In advance of another of the ObamaCare-related field hearings that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have been holding around the country throughout the past few weeks — this time on the thousands of “navigators” designated to help people sign up — the committee released a report detailing their concerns about the episodes of inefficiency, mismanagement, and possible fraud stemming from the program. Chairman Darrell Issa and Rep. Pete Sessions explained further in an op-ed they penned for the Dallas Morning News on Monday:

To help the American people navigate the onerous and confusing requirements of signing up for Obamacare exchanges, the administration spent millions of taxpayer dollars to create the navigator program. Disturbingly, news reports from the last four weeks have highlighted numerous examples of fraudulent activity related to health navigators in Texas. So — who are these navigators and what is their role in Obamacare?

To help answer that question, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is holding a field hearing Monday at the Charles Eisemann Center in Richardson. Implementation of the program — much like the rest of the law — is off to a rocky start. This hearing follows eight months of Oversight Committee investigation and will address concerns that Obamacare’s navigator program lacks basic federal guidelines to protect Americans’ private information, reports of fraud and what officials in Texas are doing about it.

Funded by grants of taxpayer dollars to nongovernment groups, navigators are allowed to ask Americans for confidential financial and personally identifiable information. This is concerning for a number of reasons.

Among those reasons, write Sessions and Issa, are the fact that the law neither bars convicted felons from being navigator nor even requires screening for them; that the training navigators receive after hiring is grossly inadequate, with only a five- to twenty-hour training course and a followup quiz being the standard procedure; and that the lack of federal oversight of the navigator program has already led to reports of improper and illegal behavior.

And yet, apparently, the real fault here belongs to the GOP here for drawing attention to all of these inconvenient facts, and for trying to “stifle, intimidate, and impugn” navigators — according to HHS Secretary Sebelius in her competing op-ed, anyway:

Millions of Texans don’t have the security of health coverage. In fact, Texas has the highest rate of uninsured in the nation. Yet there are some who will seemingly stop at nothing to deter Texans — and those who assist them — from obtaining coverage or even learning about their new options under the Affordable Care Act.

What opponents of the new law could not do legislatively, at the ballot box, or even by shutting down the federal government, they’re now trying to do through other means. Case in point is Monday’s congressional hearing in Dallas, designed to stifle, intimidate and impugn the reputation of people who have been working hard to help their fellow Texans get covered.

Just who are these people working to assist their fellow Texans? Those I’ve met are dedicated, civic-minded Americans who have opened their hearts to their neighbors, because they want to help

Which, predictably, was just about the same tone White House Press Secretary Jay Carney struck when asked about the hearing delving into the navigators issue during today’s briefing, via Mediaite:

With an exasperated pause, Carney replied “This is just one more data point in the Republican obsession with sabotaging Obamacare,” adding that “All health care navigators must complete about 20 hours of training, including training on privacy issues,” and receive “regular refresher training.”

Carney read the navigator requirements in further detail, then turned his attention to the Republicans. “Let’s pull back here for a minute,” Carney said. “When Republicans attack navigators, they’re attacking folks like the University of Arkansas, the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, the Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa, Ascension Health, Ohio Association of Food Banks, and the National Urban League. These are just a few of the organizations that actually hire and supervise these navigators.”

Huh. Here I was thinking that the Oversight Committee was simply doing its precise job by conscientiously acting as a check upon the Obama administration in orchestrating what has clearly been the rushed and forcible makeover of the entire healthcare sector, with so many millions’ of Americans deeply sensitive personal and financial information on the line — especially with all of the rampant ObamaCare-related examples of incompetence and gross negligence we now have on the books. Go figure.


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“Especially attacks against those with criminal backgrounds whom we never vetted.”

Akzed on December 16, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Honor among thieves

redguy on December 16, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Stupid wench, you are sabotaging it simply by letting it proceed.

TX-96 on December 16, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Next thing you know O’Barky will be blaming the Treaty of Versailles…

viking01 on December 16, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Just who are these people working to assist their fellow Texans? Those I’ve met are dedicated, civic-minded Americans who have opened their hearts to their neighbors, because they want to help.

What a load of horse crap…..many of these so-called navigators are thieves.

Plus you call the people at the site and they are idiots. They cannot find you.
You ask them to change or delete something and they can’t. They direct you
to pages to “fix” your problem and those are not working.

They ask you to “download” .pdf files to file out and mail in!!!

I had to go to ObamaCare to get covered. I don’t make millions and my policy was cancelled.
I am on expensive medications and was forced to the exchange. Thieves, hackers and all.

I had to do 3 separate enrollments. It finally interfaced with the BCBS site. And I think they got it.
I am calling my agent everyday and he is just very frustrated by the government gatekeepers.

I have never seen such a mickey mouse site or such a mickey mouse government program run by the biggest rat of all.

redguy on December 16, 2013 at 7:23 PM

what has clearly been the rushed and forcible makeover of the entire healthcare sector

Obviously a mistaken impression by the writer. The White House and HHS assures us that Obamacare is functioning as intended with only a few minor glitches that are quickly being repaired.

Any facts to the contrary are just partisan sniping at The Great Obama, Leader-of-the-world, Nobel-peace-prize-laureate, Savior-of-Mankind. All hail his magnificence!

pilsener on December 16, 2013 at 7:27 PM

With an exasperated pause, Carney replied “This is just one more data point in the Republican obsession with sabotaging Obamacare,”

Frankly, if I were trying to make a name for myself in the world of espionage I don’t think sabotage of Obamacare would do it. It’s tough to brag about sabotaging something that is basically imploding on its own. I am obsessed watching it do so, however.

DaveDief on December 16, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Perfect job for an identity thief. And the deep satisfaction of helping your fellow man.

mchristian on December 16, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Can we ALL start calling Kathleen Sebelius “GRANDMA DEATH”?

From today, let’s start referring to her by that nickname and see how quickly it spreads across the Internet.

Firecracker729 on December 16, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Oversight is Racist!

LeftCoastRight on December 16, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Stupid wench, you are sabotaging it. simply by letting it proceed.

TX-96 on December 16, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Fixed.

HiJack on December 16, 2013 at 7:35 PM

I closed all my bank accounts when barky got elected. I deal in cash, now. Including gun purchases. (long arms)

Off grid as possible. No electronic records, or at least minimal. No phone number to anyone. No email. Nothing.

You get anywhere near any of this you are a damned fool.

wolly4321 on December 16, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Can we ALL start calling Kathleen Sebelius “GRANDMA DEATH”?

From today, let’s start referring to her by that nickname and see how quickly it spreads across the Internet.

Firecracker729 on December 16, 2013 at 7:33 PM

When I’ve posted about her, I’ve used the moniker Queen of Death.

22044 on December 16, 2013 at 7:38 PM

White House: These GOP attacks on navigators are just another effort to sabotage ObamaCare, you know

I guess 600 million was not enough….

Electrongod on December 16, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Can we ALL start calling Kathleen Sebelius “GRANDMA DEATH”?

From today, let’s start referring to her by that nickname and see how quickly it spreads across the Internet.

Firecracker729 on December 16, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Sebelius is no Roberta Sparrow.

Murphy9 on December 16, 2013 at 7:40 PM

To the left, Telling the truth is hate speech. And racist.

birdwatcher on December 16, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Keep your hands of der Fuhrer’s Brownshirts ! – Minister Segoebbels

VorDaj on December 16, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Can we ALL start calling Kathleen Sebelius “GRANDMA DEATH”?

From today, let’s start referring to her by that nickname and see how quickly it spreads across the Internet.

Firecracker729 on December 16, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Frau Kathleen Sebvorkian.

VorDaj on December 16, 2013 at 7:44 PM

The Cash for Clunker program cost us 2.8 Billion dollars..

You would think that the Dems would know by know how much a Clunker costs…

Electrongod on December 16, 2013 at 7:46 PM

This Obama Care is really turning out badly. Can’t wait until the Obama regime and the democrat party start explai…lying about all the dead children and seniors the GOP has killed.

jukin3 on December 16, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Given that this is “the most corrupt administration, evah!’; King Barack the Magnificent will tell you that something is “wrong” only if you get caught.

Besides, pointing out “wrongs” is RACIST!

GarandFan on December 16, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Huh. Here I was thinking that the Oversight Committee was simply doing its precise job by conscientiously acting as a check upon the Obama administration

That’s only for Republican administrations. We should be thanking this one, remember?

txhsmom on December 16, 2013 at 7:56 PM

They don’t give a shit about the taxpayer. Nada.

CWchangedhisNicagain on December 16, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Now now, don’t pick on the uninformed.

Nurse Ratchet.

God Willing she’ll earn the nickname so we can once again come together as a Nation.

Of Individuals. Regardless of Race or Circumstance.

One must identify the Devil before they’re scared out of their wits.

Merry Christmas

seesalrun2 on December 16, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Just who are these people working to assist their fellow Texans?

Children of the ACORN ?

workingclass artist on December 16, 2013 at 8:17 PM

I finished applying today. 3 out of 4 customer service reps were obviously African American (I had to call back 4 times because of technical problems). The first cat was an absolute moron who could barely speak the Kings English. Rep #2 had better things to do. Rep #3, an AA woman had it together and was helpful. Rep #4 sounded like a white chick from Indiana who spoke well enough but sent me to a supervisor where I was cut off during the transfer. I said screw it, figured out that site wasnt playing well with Chrome and found an Opera browser that hung on for dear life and finished the process about a hour and a half later.

All in all a frustrating experience. I am saving bread with subsidies, however. I plan on milking this turd for all its worth and you suckers are paying my freight. I report low income cause I do lots of cash business.

Thank god for VPN networks.

rickyricardo on December 16, 2013 at 8:21 PM

. I plan on milking this turd for all its worth and you suckers are paying my freight.

They treat you like a rat long enough, you just may end up acting like one.

Murphy9 on December 16, 2013 at 8:26 PM

LOL

Midas on December 16, 2013 at 8:31 PM

It’s funny how progressives continually project their misbehavior onto others.

Obama-care IS the sabotage.

Rich H on December 16, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Chairman Darrell Issa and Rep. Pete Sessions explained further in an op-ed they penned for the Dallas Morning News on Monday:

Remind me again what Darrell Issa has accomplished in the House…

bofh on December 16, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Always good to see a’Progressive’ bragging publicly about how he evades income tax and yet still lines up at the public trough to get his goodies.

They all do it if they can. Rare to see one who admits it.

LegendHasIt on December 16, 2013 at 8:47 PM

If there is a hell, I’m sure Satan has a special place for this woman.

bw222 on December 16, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Remind me again what Darrell Issa has accomplished in the House…

bofh on December 16, 2013 at 8:47 PM

He’s saving that for amnesty.

bw222 on December 16, 2013 at 9:11 PM

White House: These GOP attacks on navigators are just another effort to sabotage ObamaCare, you know

ok. ‘They’re Felons, but they’re OUR Felons.’ …-interesting approach

a5minmajor on December 16, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Whatever works. Kill it. Burn it. Return the money. Send the bill to the Democratic Party. They abused their power by refusing to release the bill, refused to give anyone time to read it before bringing to a vote and refusing allow any debate or alternative bills. Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama (to mention only a few) should have to cough up all their millions to retire national bonds.

flataffect on December 16, 2013 at 9:38 PM

White House: These GOP attacks on navigators are just another effort to sabotage ObamaCare, you know

“Pay no attention to the Communists, Socialists, Crooks, & Thieves behind the curtain…Embrace The Suck!”

easyt65 on December 17, 2013 at 8:23 AM