WASHINGTON, D.C., November 12, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – After undercover journalist James O'Keefe released damning video footage that they say shows ObamaCare navigators telling clients to lie, a U.S. Senator has said the program should be canceled.
Senator John Cornyn said the behavior on the video “is unacceptable, and is yet another broken piece of a deeply flawed system. The Obama administration should stop this program immediately,”
Cornyn attempted to reveal how deeply flawed the navigators system is last week when he asked HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius point-blank if it were possible that “convicted felons” would have access to citizens' private data without their knowledge under the navigator program.
Sebelius replied, “That is possible.”
Due to the complexity of the health care reform law, the federal government has distributed $67 million in grants to hire ObamaCare navigators, whose job is to help people enroll in the best program for their needs.
These employees – whose only vetting comes from the organizations that hire them, rather than the federal government – are able to tap into the federal data hub, giving them access to every single American's Social Security number, tax form, banking information, and medical records.
The hub links the HHS to at least seven other federal agencies and their records: the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Homeland Security, the Social Security Administration, the Defense Department, the Veterans Health Administration, the Office of Personnel Management, and the Peace Corps.
A group of 13 state attorneys general told Sebelius in a letter in August the law is unclear who would be held accountable if a navigator perpetrated identity theft: the navigator, the hiring grant organization, or the health exchange.
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Experts in the insurance industry said this is no way to run an insurance exchange. Ryan Young of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America said, “What we have is a federal program authorizing individuals and entities with no health care background to go out and advise folks on health insurance.”
Cornyn worries something far worse may be at work.
“Texans should not be purposefully misled and more importantly, their privacy should not be put at risk,” he said.