Obamacare Navigators Won’t Have to Pass Background Checks

It is called the Federal Data Hub.  Massive amounts of information gathered on every American are shared between government agencies; agencies ranging from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to the Department of Defense (DoD), Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS).  The best part there is no opting out.

So who all has access to this information and the bigger question does private information even exist anymore?

The step toward truth is to inform.

There is as we speak an army of new federal government employees being hired by the department of Health and Human Services.  Why does HHS need all these new employees? The answer is simple, the massive new healthcare law, The Affordable Care Act is behind schedule and the Feds need to start signing Americans up for the health care exchanges as quickly as possible.

So what kind of information is going to be collected?

When individuals sign up for federal insurance exchanges, they are required to enter their personal information into a new Federal Data Hub. We are talking about information like medical records, Social Security numbers, tax information, and bank account information.  This is done by allowing seven government agencies, including the IRS, Department of Justice, Social Security Administration and others, to share and verify information in order to determine eligibility for an insurance subsidy.

In short, basically everything about you will be shared among multiple agencies.  Remember, no actual agency can see or access any information. People working in those agencies do.  So who, specifically, will be able to access this information?

They are called Navigators.  Men and women who are being hired to work for between $20 and $48 dollars an hour.  Sounds like specialized work that will require highly trained individuals, but not so much.  The requirements to become one of these navigators do not even include a high school diploma.  Though these navigators will have access to just about every piece of personal information on Americans enrolled in this exchange, they are not even required to pass a background check.

That is what the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has been told by HHS.

Navigators will only have to take a 20 to 30 hour online course about how the 1,200 page Affordable Care Act (ACA) works.

Interestingly, there is another role of these navigators that deserves a mention.  There is more to the role of the Navigators than just signing Americans up for the healthcare exchange.

These Navigators will also be responsible for registering Americans to vote.
According to People's World Magazine in California,

"California's Secretary of State Debra Bowen is designating the state's new Health Benefit Exchange, Covered California, as a voter registration agency under the National Voter Registration Act. That means Covered California will be incorporating voter registration into every transaction – online, in-person and by phone – it has with consumers."

So, to be clear these Navigators will have access to every bit of your personal and financial information, federal employees who haven't even been given so much as a background check.

Of course, HHS says you have nothing to worry about.  Marilyn Tavenner the head of HHS's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services testified before Congress saying,

"I want to assure you, and all Americans, that when they fill out their [health insurance] marketplace applications, they can trust the information they're providing is protected."

But how would any American know that?  Even with background checks, how can Americans trust that a Federal Data Hub, that involves the gathering and consolidation of so much information, will not be attacked by hackers or compromised by those inside the departments?

We don't know what will happen, but we do have evidence of how some other expansive government agencies, with even less intrusion into your life, are functioning.  An audit by the Government Accountability Office of the Transportation Security Administration points out major problems in that agency. That includes TSA agents accused of taking bribes from drug traffickers in Los Angeles, or 56 cases alleging theft since 2010, including a 2011 incident involving a screener at Orlando International Airport who pleaded guilty to stealing more than 80 laptops and other electronic devices valued at $80,000.

In all, there were 426 cases of neglect of duty and 384 cases of ethical violations like bribery or credit-card abuse.  Then, there are the agents who are caught sleeping on the job, but the biggest problem here isn't even the behavior of the agents.  According to the GAO, Half of workers accused of sleeping on the job received less than the lowest penalty called for by agency policies. In all, the GAO found over 9,600 cases of misconduct in an agency that only has the power to allow you to get on an airplane.

What you need to know is that when it comes to the National Data Hub, there is a bigger question here than just one of whether or not HHS navigators might be overstepping their role by registering voters with this personal information; a bigger question than whether or not the information compiled in this data hub is susceptible to fraud, or corrupt workers.

The most important question is, "Does personal or private information exist anymore?"  Chances are the feds would say no.  After all, we know the NSA believes they have the right to read your emails and listen to your phone calls.  So, why wouldn't they have the right to any and all of your private information, even your banking information?  The federal apparatus that is nearly complete is telling you that you don't have the right to withhold anything about yourself and your life from government.

But that is simply not true.

The rights to privacy are all but gone in America today.  Consider this, you do not belong to the state.  Your money, your business, your private correspondence and conversations, your identity belongs to you and you alone.  Those in power know it, but the population has forgotten it.  It is time that we remember.

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Ben has spent 14 years working as a journalist in broadcast news. He began his career as a news photographer and moved up the ladder to reporter, morning anchor/reporter, prime time anchor/reporter. Along the way he won two Emmy Awards and two Edward R. Murrow awards. Ben was the anchor at WXIX in Cincinnati, Ohio and hosted the popular "Reality Check." Ben now has his own brand of media, which you can find at Truth in Media.
  • LittleRoot_48

    I wonder what excuse is given for NOT requiring a background check of these "navigators." I have had to have a background check for every job I've ever held, no matter how small. THIS IS INSANE.

  • oldgoatee

    Hey, sounds like right up my alley, I'm lazy, I'm not too bright, I keep getting in an out of trouble and I need lotsa bucks, and I don't have a very strong conscience...

  • Rabelrouser

    Even though I know too many American citizens will not do it, mainly because they are afraid of the government, the main way to stop this is simply by saying NO!; and then, nothing, period. Give them NO further information in any form of a conversation.
    Its a simple manuever, but it is effective. It stymies the process and causes them to waste more time.
    My greatest fear is that most American citizens will go along so that the big bad government doesnt disrupt their lives; haven't they done that already in some way?
    By the way, record as much information as possible in any encounter with these "navigators". Repeat their names, badge/ID numbers; and always, if asked, state, "it is for my records". Take away their ambiguity and their cover of being a government employee.
    So it really is up to you to put a stop to this, if, ( and thats a BIG IF) you really have the guts to do it.

  • tangela3brow

    my Aunty Harper got a new red Chevrolet Sonic just by parttime work from a macbook... read the article >>>> ­R­i­n­g­7­7­.ℭ­o­m­

  • terryk

    ACA lost privacy to personnal information / no background checks for navigators allows anyone access to your information. Repeal this law now

  • John Brookbank

    If you are required to get a new birth cit to renew your divers lic do not do it its scam they are putting you into this fed info system , I will never allow them to access my entire life for fed system that is illegal , know its one world order system and nothing more !

  • Paula

    No Background checks? Obama didn't have to go through one either...so why should anyone that works for "him?" No one in government works for US, the people that pay their bloated salaries and benefits. These are the folks that will sit in judgement of who gets what medical service or who doesn't.

  • Joe

    he will hire from the ranks of the Black Panthers, Muslim Brotherhood, Farakhan's Nation of Islam and other radicals and the Republican congress will set in the corner like good followers.

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  • randykyle

    Oh, no need for them to "navigate". They come to my door, phone, whatever, I can tell STRAIGHT WHERE TO GO. No background check needed.

  • Moliminous

    The Constitution is not upheld, nor honored.
    An oath of office means nothing to Obama and company, including most government bureaucrats.
    Codes of conduct mean absolutely zero.
    So-called "screening" for teachers in America's government schools is as secure as a screen door on a submarine.

    These are all technical, legal abuses. But we have a much larger problem and that's the lack of moral integrity. It's not state business, it's soul business.

    Time to start over.