These guys are vetted. Or theyre supposed to be. McGrory reported that as of Monday, only one of 43 navigator applicants had been approved. Perhaps the department is only being diligent. Or perhaps Financial Services is taking its cues from a governor bent on obstructing the healthcare law.
The burst of skepticism and anger after the statewide order banning navigators from health departments for bogus privacy concerns prompted the Florida Department of Health to try another, even more wanting explanation. A press release claimed that navigators would be wasting their time with county health department clientele. Navigator services are for people who have money to pay for health insurance. Those are typically not CHD clients.
The Department of Health seems to have missed the point of the Affordable Care Act.
Theres a bit more evidence that there might be something to Scotts obstinacy than privacy concerns. Remember that Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi joined other Republican-run states in the failed lawsuit to stop Obamacare. (They lost in the U.S. Supreme Court.)
This is the state that rejected $9 billion in Obamacare money over three years to expand Medicaid coverage in Florida. State leadership also backed a failed (and likely unconstitutional) state amendment in 2012 to block any Obamacare requirements that the uninsured buy health insurance. (About 51.5 voted down the initiative.) And Scott and the gang refused to set up state insurance exchanges and turned down the attendant federal incentive money to offset the costs, forcing the feds to improvise.
Navigators would help fill the vacuum caused by the states obdurate refusal to help its uninsured find coverage. But, of course, the governor has banned them from the very public health clinics where the uninsured come for medical help.
The governor may not be much concerned about their health care, but hell fight like hell to protect their privacy.