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CA Has 43 Ex-Cons Working As ACA ‘Navigators’

From National Review:

California’s Obamacare Scandal

By Jillian Kay Melchior | January 29, 2014

At least 43 convicted criminals are working as Obamacare navigators in California, including three individuals with records of significant financial crimes.

Although some of the offenses are decades old, and although convicted criminals account for only 1 percent of the 3,729 certified enrollment counselors in the state, Californians still have good cause to be concerned about their privacy.

Actually the number of ex-cons is surprising low, given the pool of talent they are drawing from: former ACORN employees, and the SEIU and Planned Parenthood. Still, it is a bit hard to take being ‘forced’ by the law to turn your personal information over to people who could be convicted criminals, some even convicted for identity theft. (Forgery, welfare fraud.)

Even a single crooked navigator could do significant harm to the public. That’s because when navigators sign consumers up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, they have access to lots of private information, including Social Security numbers, home addresses, and financial data — basically, everything on the wish list of identity thieves and fraudsters. Navigators also are likely to work with a population that is more vulnerable than average.

Limited statistics released by Covered California — the state’s new health-insurance exchange — showed that one navigator has repeat forgery offenses — one in 1982, then another in 1994, with a burglary in between. Another had two forgery convictions in 1988, in addition to a domestic-violence charge a decade later. Another committed welfare fraud in 1999 and had shoplifted on at least two prior occasions. Since 2000, individuals now working as navigators have committed crimes including child abuse, battery, petty theft, and evading a police officer. At least seven navigators have multiple convictions. The information released covered only certified enrollment counselors, one of the three types of navigators working in California.

That is an important note. These figures only cover on of the three types of navigators working in California. So the final total could be even three times higher…

Here’s the interesting part, though: “All of these documents [listing the criminal records of Navigators] are nondisclosable because ‘the public interest served by not disclosing the record clearly outweighs the public interest served by disclosure of the record,’” a lawyer for the insurance exchange wrote, citing California Government Code §6255. “Disclosing the names and criminal records of individuals applying to assist in Covered California’s push to enroll vast numbers in health insurance by March 31, 2014, is likely to discourage participation in this critical program and thus harm the people of California.”

Translation: If Californians had the same information as their insurance exchange’s bureaucrats regarding navigators’ criminal records, they’d be scared off — and that would undermine the political goal of high enrollment.

They have their priorities.

Perhaps Californians should consider themselves lucky that their navigators are required to submit to background checks at all — there is no such requirement in the ACA itself, and in as many as 31 states, no screening is mandated…

And Kathleen Sebelius has no problem this. In fact, she seemed surprised at being questioned by Congress about navigators having background checks.

The problem is, a background check isn’t worth much unless it’s paired with an assessment process that screens out applicants who pose a risk to the public. In California, an applicant is disqualified only if he or she has “been convicted of or has a pending charge for a crime of moral turpitude that is substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of the job.”

Which clearly doesn’t include forgery or welfare fraud.

Furthermore, even though applicants are required to self-report prior offenses, records show that 21 prospective certified enrollment counselors who later proved to have criminal convictions failed to do so — and were approved anyway…

So it is really just a charade.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, January 30th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “CA Has 43 Ex-Cons Working As ACA ‘Navigators’”

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    Not sure how to react to this.

    Lazy good-for-nothings who actually feel they should have a job or….miserable, lazy good-for-nothing opportunists looking to mine data to get some good credit to buy stuff they have no intention of paying for.

    I’ll go with the latter.

  2. I’ll say it again .. I am not the least bit tempted to hand over all my most personal information and then bend over with a fresh jar of lube for Obama’s illiterate criminal thugs ..

  3. Right of the People

    Foxes guarding the henhouse.

    This has to be the most corrupt administration in US history by a huge amount. Daley and Tammany have nothing on the bozo in the Oval Office. He’s turning the US into a third world shithole.


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