Scott & Repub state legislators try to sabotage insurance exchanges

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    It's one thing to oppose legislation, fight the fight, and lose - two presidential elections so far - and another to try and thwart federal law because you lost. In this case, people who need health care will be adversely impacted by the governor's and legislature's attempt to keep them from receiving information about a federal program. Republicans have now hit another new low - along with setting records for senate filibusters and doing nothing in the House - in obstructionism that they should hope will not be a lesson learned by democrats should they become the minority. Good citizenship means complying with laws made by an elected majority and signed by a president now elected twice. From the Tampa Trib:

    "Gov. Rick Scott says he sides with Florida's families, yet he is obstructing their access to health care. Citing groundless privacy concerns, the governor is trying to block county health departments from assisting people in signing up for health insurance on the state's online marketplace that will open in a few weeks. It's one thing to voice philosophical objections to federal law. It's indefensible to stand in the doorway and deny Floridians access to health care.

    The Florida Department of Health this week told the state's 60 local health department directors that local public health offices, where the uninsured often go for medical services or for help getting them, cannot have navigators on the premises. Under the Affordable Care Act, navigators are the helper-bees who will help people sort through their health insurance options starting Oct. 1, including how much they can expect in a federal subsidy, if any, and how to enroll online. But it isn't clear how much practical impact the state's edict will have. Some Florida counties, including Pinellas, have received federal grants to employ navigators and county health offices often operate from county-owned, not state-owned, buildings. Pinellas officials smartly maneuvered Thursday to make sure the navigators are still hired and will have work space.

    Navigators have become targets for Republicans in Washington and Tallahassee, because they will be pivotal in signing people up for health insurance in the online marketplaces. In Congress, Republicans in the House are harassing them with burdensome and baseless requests for information. In Tallahassee, a law passed earlier this year requires navigators to be fingerprinted and have a background check.

    Critics of navigators raise privacy and information security concerns when people provide their personal information. The issues were raised last month by Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi. But it's a red herring to cover an overtly political agenda. The navigator program has in place privacy safeguards and strict data security protocols, and navigators will be fully trained.

    In the Tampa Bay region and most of the rest of the state, the program is being overseen by the University of South Florida. Jodi Ray, the project director, has plenty of experience signing people up for health benefits and responsibly handling their data. And the people who ask navigators for help will be doing so voluntarily...."

    http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/edi...n-to-sabotage-the-affordable-care-act/2141442
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    Navigators will certainly reduce the cost of healthcare... :roll:
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    Sorry for the sarcastic response but this screwed up law is just so bad I could not help it...
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    Since the exchanges are marketplaces for individuals buying health insurance, a navigator who does their job well will undoubtedly help lower health care costs to consumers.
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    the thing no one mentions is what the get for the plan they purchase
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    Also the job of navigators. There is no excuse for sabotaging their work.
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    Repubs are doing everything they can to screw over people in need. They don't care about the so called 47%.
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    I think they are just in the way. Obama is their target and their fixation can't be relieved.

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    Their work is... make-work, existing solely to try to untangle Byzantine bureaucratic BS.
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    what a pile of crapola-but you libs keep salivating over the guvment totally controlling our lives and salivating over someone else paying your freight
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    Row likes to makes frequent references to the elections that Republicans have lost. The Democrats have lost the legislature in the state of Florida as well as the State House. These sore losers want to insinuate the ACA into local health departments. No Sale. Thank you Governor Scott for putting a stop to it.
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    Its always interesting how the GOP is supposed to comply but Potus can ignore and waive any law he sees fit (health care/ Syria). Selective enforcement of law is nothing new... playing tit for tat seems more than disengenuous. My way or the high way does not sell. In this case, like him or laothe him, Scott is doing what he is elected to do.
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    Beautiful Sarcasm....
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    The ACA is a federal law which was an issue during two presidential campaigns, both of which were clearly won by the guy who was for it. He won in Florida both times. Scott has no mandate about the ACA and in fact it is none of his f..king business since he declined involving himself in the exchanges. His trying to keep information which is not his responsibility from citizens is an attempt at sabotaging a law outside of his purview.
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    The exchanges are designed to offer private insurance for sale to individuals, and features an opportunity for those private insurers to reach those customers.
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    Looks like the Florida Dept. of health IS Scott's business. Based on national polls, the unions, American businesses, the IRS and Congress, Obama has no mandate on ACA either. The only people who want ACA implemented are Obama sycophants like you.
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    Republicans won the pr battle while the democrats won the legislative victory. We'll see what it looks like after it's in place for a few years. That's what Republicans fear most and thus this last ditch effort to sabotage it. The last presidential election featured a republican candidate who promised to repeal the law and he lost, including in Florida. If you prefer polls, most Americans - including close to 1/2 of Republicans - don't want the bill blocked or repealed.
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    As a pub, you damn right I want to just screw people over in need. Actually it would be much easier to just round them up and you know have them take a long walk on a short pier. And while we are at it let's put all not whites, non american born on the same pier. I also like dirt water to drink and love to brethe bad air.
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    The poor will get free healthcare, foodstmps and welfare checks so why bother looking for a job? Let us working fools pay the bills.

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