It will be a miracle if tens of thousands of people don’t have their ID stolen by Obamacare navigators.
The government is looking to eventually hire as many as 140,000 navigators without background checks and with inadequate training.
The healthcare.gov website is woefully inadequate and remarkably unsecured and it will be handled at times by people who come from some questionable organizations. Fake Obamacare websites have already popped up.
The NSA and IRS scandals will look smalltime once this mess explodes on American citizens.
Navigators will be a virtual army of people entrusted with hundreds of millions of financial and personal records.
The navigators will be selected, in some cases, from far-left and corrupt organizations: George Soros’ radical MoveOn group, LaRaza groups, social justice organizations, civil rights groups, radical unions like SEIU, Planned Parenthood and best yet, the criminal organization ACORN. Many universities and medical organizations also received grants to serve as navigators to be fair.
ACORN deserves special mention if their employees or past employees are going to be in charge of our personal information. They are known for their voter fraud drives and corrupt counseling centers. See the video below for more information on that.
United Labor Unions Council Local 100 is a group founded by ACORN founder, Wade Rathke, and they have announced that they will be part of a multi-state navigator drive.
ACORN is notorious for hiring felons and not doing background checks.
ACORN, which has not been obliterated despite Congress’s best efforts, has morphed back into themselves with new names. In other words, they are the same people, same organization, same offices in many cases, but they have changed their names. In New York, for example, they are known as New York Communities for Change.
ACORN employee holding placards encouraging voter fraud
Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., who heads an oversight committee investigating the Navigator grant program, said several grass roots groups are getting in on the program, despite having no track record or having a poor one. He said that “the law’s rollout has been a disaster” and his committee will continue aggressive oversight of navigators.
“With the administration rushing to hand out billions of dollars for the health law to countless groups, the potential for fraud and abuse is exceptionally high,” said Murphy
Navigators who are convicted felons can be hired as navigators. In fact one woman with a warrant out for her arrest was hired. At least one person handling American’s personal and financial data is an illegal alien. After the Edward Snowden case, we know the damage one person can do.
Back in July, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones warned about a network of more than 21,000 enrollment counselors who will provide assistance to Obamacare enrollees as navigators and who will have access in some cases to personal and financial records.
The commissioner and anti-fraud groups say the exchange is not adequately screening and monitoring the counselors they hire and there is no means of redress by consumers.
According to the weekly standard, Jones said:
…the ‘exchange does not have a plan for investigating any complaints that might arise once the counselors start work. That means consumers who might fall prey to bogus health care products, identity theft and other abuses will have a hard time seeking justice if unscrupulous counselors get hold of their Social Security number, bank accounts, health records or other private information, he said.
“We can have a real disaster on our hands,” Jones, a Democrat, said in an interview.
The Illinois Department of Insurance has issued a public warning about the possibility of identity theft and fraud. They are concerned about scams and people pretending to be navigators. They put in extra security such as background checks but the training is a 20-hour long course, mostly online.
The attorneys general of 13 states signed a letter raising concerns about consumer privacy protection in connection with the navigators who are inadequately trained and a program with fewer consumer protections than are currently provided, particularly as it concerns privacy.
Navigator requirements are less demanding than other federal workers like those of federal census workers for example. The letter said ‘this is a privacy disaster waiting to happen.’
Congress is also concerned. They prepared a report, “Risks of Fraud and Misinformation with ObamaCare Outreach Campaign: How Navigator and Assister Program Mismanagement Endangers Consumers” that examines testimony from officials responsible for implementing the program.
Among its conclusions, “the main concern for consumers is the heightened risk of identity theft and financial loss from a poorly managed outreach campaign.”
“The health exchanges are opening a Pandora’s box of new crimes,” said Russell Butler, of the National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network. “Everybody is at risk. You could be poor with no income and people could use that to obtain benefits.”
Butler also added that identity crimes have become more sophisticated over the years, with victims even having their medical identity used for treatments.
“As things get more automated, there is more opportunity for fraud,” he said.
One state at least will release personal information obtained on the marketplace to law enforcement and auditors (IRS).
The navigator training manual warns navigators about leaving data in the xerox and clearing their cache on the computer. It concerns itself with minutiae but the people in charge could be criminals. It’s ironic really.
These are some of the people who will be in charge of your data and the security of the healthcare exchanges: