Sebelius admits: 'It is possible' that FELONS could become Obamacare workers and access taxpayers' personal information
11/6/2013 12:18:00 PM
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius conceded Wednesday that it's 'possible' convicted felons could become Obamacare 'navigators,' gaining access to tax information and Social Security numbers of Americans as they help them register for insurance coverage.
Her admission came during a Senate Finance Committee hearing, in a tense exchange with Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn.
'Isn't it true that there is no federal requirement for navigators to undergo a criminal background check,' Cornyn asked her, 'even though they will receive personal – sensitive personal information from they individuals they help sign up for the Affordable Care Act?'
'That is true,' Sebelius responded in a moment of nervousness. 'States could add an additional – um – background checks and other features, but it is not part of the federal requirement.'
'So a convicted felon could be a navigator,' an annoyed Cornyn followed up, 'and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual, unbeknownst to them?'
'Uh, that is possible,' she said, shifting blame to the groups responsible for deploying navigators in the field.