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ObamaCare: Misleading 'guides'

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Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, 8:57 p.m.
 

As if consumers didn't have enough worries about providing their personal information to receive ObamaCare coverage, now comes news that some of their “guides” through this maze of government bureaucracy may be ill prepared — or far worse — in their advice.

A House Oversight and Government Reform Committee report found that ObamaCare's so-called “navigators” are improperly trained, gave clients wrong information and, in some cases, encouraged people to commit fraud.

These findings come not from any internal ObamaCare oversight — ineffectual as it is — but from news accounts.

For example, a video shows navigators from the Urban League in Dallas advising applicants to lie on their applications to qualify for tax subsidies, Breitbart reports. In some cases, consumers allegedly are told to low-ball their income to receive more subsidies.

Did we mention that these public assistants responsible for handling reams of sensitive personal information do not, according to the report, undergo mandatory background checks?

“(D)ocuments call into question the effectiveness of the Navigator program and the Obama administration's ability to safeguard consumer information,” the report states.

Americans cannot safely navigate the uncertainties of ObamaCare if they can't at least trust their navigators. And they shouldn't be forced to do so, herded like lambs to the slaughter.

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