Carney accuses Republicans of ‘attacking navigators’ to sabotage Obamacare

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:

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  • Rob

    Obama says there is free food in Mars, watch 48% of America line up for the trip. Not only they believe anything their party says they will go on a one way trip for a freebie.

    • jodi56

      Well that is alright Rob…just let them go but they need to take their leader and King Obama with them.

    • Ken Reid

      Sounds like a great idea! All we need now is for the gooberment to hire us as “navigators” and we can get rid of the “48%”!

  • Mickey

    I love the way he reads pre written answers to supposed “questions” these reporters are handed their script before each press briefing and told exactly what to ask.

    • vonnise

      Mickey, I just made the exact same post before I read yours. These people in D.C. think we are ignorant!! They think we are fools!!

      • NoCrud

        The 51% of voters that gave us The Obamaroid
        ARE fools.

  • RITA

    he was reading from papers so he knew exactly what he was going to be asked ..LMAO wow ,, maybe he aught to invest in one of obummas telepromters

  • Arden Hale

    Uh…why would we attack the navigators? Democrats are doing such a good job of destroying themselves with Obamacare all we have to do is stand back and watch.

    • NoCrud

      Dems want Republicans to get involved with the “fix” so they can blame the Republicans for their mistakes.

      • Arden Hale

        Oh I know but that’s not going to happen. They broke it, they can fix it. Of course their fix is more like the way you fix a dog or cat.

  • James hegarty

    Mr. Wimpy weeps. Thuffering thuckatash!

  • http://ironicsurrealism.com/ Velvet Hammer

    SCANDALOUS!
    OFFICIAL Obamacare Navigator Grant Recipient & Wade (ACORN)
    Rathke’s ‘United Labor Unions’ SHARE Same Arkansas Physical Address & Phone Number!
    (Screenshots) http://www.ironicsurrealism.com/2013/11/27/obamacare-navigator-org-wade-rathkes-seiu-affiliated-united-labor-unionsacorn-share-same-address-phone-screenshots/

  • faye Paolino

    Another one who has sold his soul to the devil.

  • Guest

    Hey Carney! Blah, blah, blah, blah…STFU..we heard your excusses before.

  • Debra Ward

    Hey Carney! Blah, blah, blah, blah…STFU..we heard your excuses before.

    • Debra Ward

      and did anyone notice Obama is listening to his speech in his earphone instead of being caught reading the teleprompter..?? LOL

      • Debra Ward

        Fire all their azzes..

  • Broke Obama

    So wait ….The navigators were found guilty ??? So what am i missing here ?? How are we sabotaging them if they are screwing up on their own ? Obamacare is a wreck on its own . healthy kids are not going to sign up and the poor aren’t going to pay so that leaves …..you know who .