The only Obamacare navigator in Lawrence, Kan., helping people sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act has an outstanding warrant for her arrest.
“Rosilyn Wells wants everyone in Lawrence to know her name and face,” Lawrence Journal World reported. “Many of them soon will.”
Especially the local authorities. The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office website says Rosilyn Ann Wells, 31, is among “a list of locals with outstanding warrants,” according to its website.
Wells lives and works in neighboring Douglass County, according to The Daily Caller.
This hasn’t been Wells’ only legal or financial problem, according to The Caller, which reported that her history “includes a bankruptcy in 2003, a 2007 civil charge from a local check cashing business called Midwest Checkrite for writing a bad check, and being more than $1700 behind on her state tax bill.”
The navigator program has long been a bone of contention among critics of the Affordable Care Act, who complain of inadequate training and background checks.
The poor training’s disastrous results were demonstrated in Central Florida last week when a lead navigator not only misstated the law, but went into great detail in explaining the false premise for the misstatement.
Wells slipped through the cracks because she was never properly vetted by the Obama administration, according to The Caller.
The Caller reported that the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, when reached by phone, wouldn’t detail what charges were levied against Wells. But there’s no question she has a history of mismanaging her own finances, even absent the latest arrest warrant. This is the last person we want to entrust with our own personal financial information.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee addressed similar problems in a Sept. 18 report.
“The main concern for consumers is the heightened risk of identity theft and financial loss from a poorly managed outreach campaign,” the Oversight Committee report said, according to The Caller. “Navigators and Assisters will come into contact with a plethora of personally identifiable information (PII), including an applicant’s Social Security number, date of birth and income, as well as the PII of everyone in an applicant’s household.”
Despite the wealth of personal data available to navigators, the administration’s rush to offer Obamacare to an unsuspecting public meant that it took shortcuts — including not checking the backgrounds of the program’s navigators.
“In part, substantial risks remain because the Administration decided not to require background checks and fingerprinting of individuals hired by Navigator and Assister organizations,” the committee said in its report. “Under the Administration’s plan, unless states have already taken actions to protect their citizens, Navigators and Assisters are not prohibited from hiring convicted felons, including individuals convicted of identity theft or fraud.”
Florida is one of a handful of states requiring that navigators and assistants be fingerprinted and screened for prior arrests.