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November 6, 2013 - 9:26 am
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) today at a Senate Finance Committee hearing that it’s “possible” Obamacare navigators have criminal records.

“The president’s in Dallas, Texas, touting the navigator program, which as you know, are people who are hired to help people navigate the Affordable Care Act. But I would just like to ask you this question, if you would answer it. Isn’t it true that there is no federal requirement for navigators to undergo a criminal background check, even though they will receive sensitive personal information from the individuals they help to sign-up up for the Affordable Care Act?” Cornyn asked.

“That is true. States could add an additional background checks and other features, but it is not part of the federal requirement,” Sebelius responded.

“So a convicted felon could be a navigator and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual unbeknownst to them?” he continued.

“That is possible,” Sebelius conceded.

 

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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What's the big deal? We have heads of hedge funds in New York who are felons and many who should be.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
EVERYONE has a felony past...........these jobs are not exactly top secret stuff.
1 year ago
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Hell, why NOT allow felons to represent this 'administration'? Holder sure won't prosecute them (unless they're white) and the democratic (neo-communist) party today is nothing more than an organized crime syndicate masquerading as a political party. Can we save the America I grew up in...and fought for?

Remember BENGHAZI!
1 year ago
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WOW... I had to be finger printed & submit to a background check to get a Bartender Job in Nevada!! Some people will CHOOSE to reveal personal information to a Bartender, but NOWHERE is it REQUIRED to reveal personal information to buy a drink. HOW is it NOT REQUIRED to get a background check to obtain the MANDATORY personal information needed to sign people up for Health Insurance????
1 year ago
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More than the web site glitches, the death spiral, sticker shock, plan and doctor losses, the big lie, more than all of that the identity thefts that are coming , soon I should think, will be the biggest debacle of Obamacare.
1 year ago
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The navigator program like the T.S.A. witch they now want to arm scary thought that is just another Affirmative Action jobs program for Africans in America and other aggrieved groups. Our Government now hires it's work force based on Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation, and loyalty to the Democratic party. How many times do you have to lower qualifications before you admit it.
1 year ago
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That right there would stop me from even talking to a "Navigator" much less entrusting my personal information to him/her. Those with criminal convictions should not have such sensitive information. While they may have "served their time" who is to know if they have been truly "rehabilitated" considering that it is well-known that jails or prisons are breeding grounds for further criminal activity.
1 year ago
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Sebelius' position before this one: Head lobbyist for the medical insurance industry in DC. Typical 0bama appointee.

Who profits most from 0'care? The insurance industry. See this company's improvement in stock price, e.g.:

http://stockcharts.com/h-sc/ui?s=UNH&p=W&b=5&g=0&id=p17365991875
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