Fox is talking about the so-called “navigators” hired to help with the new health care law. He told the Billings Gazette that, “The federal government’s lackadaisical approach to handling Americans’ private information doesn’t pass muster under any standard, and in particular Montana standards.”
But Fox was utterly silent about the exact same kind of navigators helping people with the massive government health insurance program known as Medicare that have been operating in Montana and across the nation for 20 years. That’s a hypocrite for you.
The existing navigators are called State Health Insurance Assistance Program (or SHIP) counselors, and they’ve been helping people choose options and navigate the Medicare program without trouble for decades. In fact, the Obamacare “navigator” program is modeled after the existing State Health Insurance Assistance counselor program.
Fox signed a letter with twelve other TEA Party attorneys general saying that when it comes to these helpers the federal government “has no realistic plan to prevent identity theft or to provide recourse to consumers when it inevitably occurs.”
“We don’t want your grubby government hands in our health care” Fox and friends yell, not comprehending the irony of the demand. The reason they don’t get how funny they are is because the TEA Party is spreading these lies as fast as they can. Perhaps loosening their grips on their pitchforks would help.
The fact is the Medicare navigator program works, and if people find that out, the TEA Party (and the politicians like Fox passing out the pitchforks) will be shown to have stepped in it yet again.
But count on Tim Fox to make sure the facts don’t get in the way of a good press opportunity. That’s why he’s this week’s hypocrite. He will be making many return appearances, you can be assured of that.