The headline for this blog seems like a ridiculous question.
With identity theft at an all time high and people becoming increasingly protective of their personally identifiable information, who would ever knowingly share their name, date of birth, social security number and complete medical history with a convicted felon?
But the key word here is knowingly.
The U.S. government has hired thousands of people to help Americans secure health insurance under ObamaCare and none of them were subjected to a pre employment background check. These positions were created to help people unfamiliar with the Internet process applications over the phone, which means many of the people seeking assistance are likely elderly or information-challenged in other ways, which makes them extremely vulnerable to identity theft.
Since the helpers, or “navigators” as they are called, were never subjected to a pre employment background check, it’s entirely possible that some of these positions are now held by convicted felons, and the people sharing their sensitive personal information would never even know it.
This excerpt below was taken from a recent New York Post article:
Felons might be collecting your personal information when you sign up for ObamaCare. That stunning admission came from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at a Senate hearing Wednesday, when she acknowledged that the “navigators” who help people enroll in ObamaCare don’t have to pass a criminal background check.
“A convicted felon could be a navigator and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual unbeknownst to them?” asked Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).
Sebelius responded flatly: “That is possible.”
The navigators help fill out the ObamaCare paperwork for Americans either over the phone or in person.
Sebelius, the sole witness at the Senate Finance Committee hearing, said that states could require a background check for navigators, but the federal ObamaCare law doesn’t.
No company that collects personally identifiable information would ever hire someone for this kind of position without subjecting them to a pre employment background check and, dare I say, would ever hire a convicted felon for one of these highly sensitive positions.
Politics aside, allowing these positions to be filled without requiring a background check has to be one of the stupidest decisions ever made by our government.
At a minimum, these people should have been subjected to a county criminal record search in their counties of residence, a nationwide criminal database search, a U.S. federal crimes search and a healthcare sanctions search.
Not requiring a background check for these positions represents total disregard for the safety and security of the American people, especially the most vulnerable among us.