President Obama went to Dallas, Texas Wednesday to do some fund-raising, and also to thank a group of “navigators” who are supposed to help people sign up for insurance on the new government-run health care exchanges:
“My main job here today is to say thank you,” Obama told the navigators.
His visit came just hours after Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told the Senate Finance Committee it’s “possible” that a convicted felon could be a navigator, since there is no federal requirement that Obamacare navigators undergo criminal background checks.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) asked Sebelius, “Isn’t it true that there is no federal requirement for navigators to undergo a criminal background check?”
“That is true,” Sebelius said, adding that the states could impose “additional background checks and other features, but it is not part of the federal requirement.”
Cornyn said, “So a convicted felon could be a navigator and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual unbeknownst to them?”