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From "Navigators" to Predators

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Thursday, November 14, 2013

From "Navigators" to Predators

You've probably heard about these "navigators" who are supposed to help people sign up for Obamacare. Investigator James O'Keefe reports a considerable number of them are associated with an arm of ACORN, the community organizing group that was forced to reorganize after O'Keefe exposed fraud in the organization.

Here's what the Weekly Standard reports: 

"[The Department of Health and Human Services] opened the door to large-scale fraud by providing funding for tens of thousands of "navigators" - people who are supposed to persuade the uninsured to apply for coverage and then assist them in the application process. 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 so they could launch poorly trained workers into their communities without obtaining criminal background checks or creating systems for monitoring their activities. As a practical matter, these navigators are unaccountable, and yet they will be asking people for Social Security numbers and other sensitive information. It will not take long for navigators to become predators, and HHS has no plan to deal with the new breed of predators it is creating."

Loss of personal information is only one reason Obamacare is failing. I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

Publication date: November 14, 2013

From "Navigators" to Predators