White House press secretary Jay Carney blasted Republicans Monday for “sabotaging” Obamacare by attacking navigators assigned to help people sign up for the health care program.
Carney was being asked about a congressional report that found fault with numerous navigator activities.
“This is just one more data point in the Republican obsession in sabotaging Obamacare,” Carney said. “All navigators must complete about 20 hours of training, including training on privacy issues. This training is not a one-time-only process. Navigators have regular refresher opportunities where they can share updates, receive information and address updates as they are in the process of helping people in their communities.”
Carney said navigators must pass course exams on privacy issues.
“When Republicans attack navigators, they’re attacking folks like the University of Arkansas, the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, the Visiting Nurse Service of Iowa, Ascension Health, the Ohio Association of Food Banks and the National Urban League,” Carney said. “These are just a few of the organizations that actually hire and supervise these navigators. These are people who are actually engaging in an effort to help Americans who want health insurance to get it. So, you know, I think it’s pretty evident on scrutiny that this is an effort in a partisan way to sabotage the Affordable Care Act that’s part of a long line of efforts.”
Some navigators “have encouraged fraud, provided consumers with false information and didn’t properly monitor consumer privacy information,” according to The Blaze, which reported:
“Navigators from the Urban League of Dallas were captured on video, encouraging applicants to lie on their health insurance application so the applicants could qualify for tax subsidies,” the report said. “Navigators were also recorded advising an applicant to lie about her smoking habits to obtain a lower monthly premium. It was later discovered that two of the so-called navigators involved in the incident were assisting consumers with their applications even though they had not completed their training and certification requirements. The navigator organization in question fired one navigator, and suspended two others.”
Watch Carney’s response here: