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Navigating ObamaCare Outrage
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 9/6/2013 9:56:10 AM

With ObamaCare scheduled to launch on October 1, Democrats seem more than a little anxious about their ability to execute. That´s the only fathomable explanation for their nervous breakdown over a routine House inquiry. The Affordable Care Act is paying for "navigators," or non-government groups that received federal dollars in August to help people figure out and enroll for subsidies. That such a program even exists explains a lot about the complexity of the new entitlement. The navigators were supposed to cost $54 million, but the Health and Human Services Department dipped into a "wellness" slush fund to bump that

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: WAN2, 9/6/2013 10:12:31 AM     (No. 9508292)

It´s over, friends. Head for the hills. Pray you´ll find a doctor up there somewhere...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bohallx, 9/6/2013 10:14:38 AM     (No. 9508298)

Let´s put this all into perspective. USPS is the only other government agency that deals with 100% of the American public.

The regulations of most interest to the public are contained in about 500 pages (I wrote a lot of them BTW ~ really good stuff actually)

Out of the 550,000 or so postal employees probably 3,000 of them are sufficiently well versed in the rules that they can look up the details fast enough to be of service to a customer with a simple but otherwise unusual question.

Of them, I once determined that there were 387 who were very well versed in the rules and would be the sort of folks to allow to interpret them to most customers, even the field operating reps of the largest multibillion dollar a year type mailers.

Then, there are the 30+ super specialists who could address the rules for the benefit of otherwise naïve postal managers!

ALL of these people had many years experience with those rules. The super specialists had DECADES on the job.

This Navigator Idea carries with it the seeds of its own destruction. The rules are too big. The rules are too complex. Too much in the way of personal information is asked of the members of the public affected (in contrast USPS need know only your address and where´s your money eh).

Worse, there are NO superspecialists at all and won´t be for decades.

This ObamaKKKare system has, at most another 6 months of life so no one will ever develop a meaningful level of knowledge comparable to that required to answer the most common question ever asked of government employees which is "how much is a First Class stamp"?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Iconoclast, 9/6/2013 10:24:16 AM     (No. 9508322)

These Navigators will have minimal training (no time)and no experience in the insurance industry. Worse, they will have access to data bases with lots of your personal info. What could go wrong?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: MattMusson, 9/6/2013 10:39:38 AM     (No. 9508358)

Navigators in California are complaining they are only getting 29 hours a week.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 9/6/2013 11:23:53 AM     (No. 9508453)

roughly 2/3 of the American public, if I recall the poll numbers, was strongly to VERY strongly opposed to Obamacare when the matter was in the Congress. And a majority of Americans remain opposed to it.
Yet those who consider themselves to be our Betters, the "Ruling Class" as a book on the subject was titled, rammed it through anyway, as egregious an example of Liberal Fascism as the nation has seen since FDR (spit,spit).
And now we hear fears that it´s a train wreck, a catastrophe, a disaster. Is anyone outside the Beltway surprised, really? The entire matter is an unconstitutional federal intrusion into an area for which there is ZERO Constitutional grant of federal involvement, no matter what the dolts on SCOTUS say.
Repeal (NOT merely defund, *repeal*) the mess, fire and deport every single person involved (including John Roberts), and recognize that most things are a ´nunya´ to the federal government. Let Taxachusetts be stupid if they wish, not Wyoming´s problem.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 9/6/2013 11:25:50 AM     (No. 9508458)

Look for reports in a few months of scam artists posing as `navigators` walking off with the personal information of thousands of unsuspecting people.

Identity theft on steroids.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: bighambone, 9/6/2013 12:39:26 PM     (No. 9508622)

Obama promised certain population groups that he would get them "free" health care and that´s what this is all about. Obama could care less if valuable personal information is stolen or fraudulently misused as the result of "community" navigators having access to databases containing most people´s personal records, as the vast majority of the population groups that really matter to him have little or nothing worth stealing in those records. It´s those "uncaring" Republicans and Tea Party people who need to worry.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 9/7/2013 2:25:47 AM     (No. 9509608)

How unfortunate that someone did not have the insight to start a Ocare clock much like the national debt clock when this bill passed (without reading it).

To recap, navigators were suppose to be union workers, community organizers, and healthcare professionals, earning $20 to $48 an hour. They have now changed from 30 hours of training to 20 hours. Insurance agents need not apply. Agents with years of experience, fingerprinted, with a state license and continuing education.

As of October 1, along with an ad blitz, you can expect:

"Hi. I am a navigator with all of your personal information, like your tax return, here to help you make a decision about your mandated healthcare"

A fool and our money is soon parted.

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