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'ILLEGAL SECRECY' SHIELDS OBAMACARE WORKERS -- Watchdog sues HHS to obtain records, background checks

(WND Exclusive) -- You may already think that Obamacare is criminal – forcing consumers to pay for coverage of treatment they’ll never need, fixing prices and excluding coverage of certain live-saving measures. And then there are those fines.

But what if the people who are guiding you through the maze of Obamacare rules and regulations really are criminals?

The fact that some could be criminals already has been confirmed by Kathleen Sebelius, who recently resigned as Health and Human Services secretary some six months after the catastrophic rollout of the Obamacare government website.

It was during a November 2014 Senate Finance Committee hearing when Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, was asking questions about the government’s evaluation process of the Obamacare “navigators” hired to obtain confidential information about taxpayers and help guide them through the system.

Cornyn asked Sebelius: “So I want to ask you about the navigators … isn’t it true that there is no federal requirement for navigators to undergo a criminal background check, even though they will receive sensitive personal information from the individuals they help to sign up … for the Affordable Care Act?”

“That is true,” Sebelius said.

“So a convicted felon could be a navigator and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual unbeknownst to them?” Cornyn asked.

“That is possible,” Sebelius said.

Now the government watchdog group Judicial Watch has filed a federal Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services to obtain records about the navigators, who are costing taxpayers some $67 million.

HHS has hired about 50,000 navigator, many of whom work for community organizing groups that have received grants from the federal government.

Judicial Watch is seeking records related to contracts awarded to the groups and records regarding the federal requirements for the navigators, including background checks and qualifications.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said the Obamacare navigator program “seems as corrupt as any Chicago patronage operation – and is a danger to the privacy of millions of Americans who are participating in Obamacare.”

“The use of Obamacare navigators and the Healthcare.gov website should come with consumer warnings,” Fitton said. “The Obama administration’s illegal secrecy about these Obamacare navigators should make Americans very nervous.”

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