Meet Some Obamacare Navigators at Jackson Lee Event in Houston
by Bridget Johnson
February 14, 2014 - 2:03 pm
Houston residents will have an opportunity to meet some of Obamacare’s mysterious navigators at a “Rock-Enroll” party tomorrow in Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s (D-Texas) district.
The navigators have been a key point of Republican criticism against the healthcare law’s rollout. “This is reported, interestingly enough, that in California with the so-called navigators, the people who are the certified navigators, over 40 of them are convicted criminals,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said on the floor this week. “Forty convicted criminals were hired and certified, certified, to be navigators in California in spite of the fact that people are being asked to give personal information, health information, financial information, to these navigators.”
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said those reports “confirm my worst fears.”
“While I am pleased that Texas has taken the additional steps necessary to ensure criminals cannot become navigators, the fact remains that the system designed by the federal government is fundamentally flawed,” Cornyn said at the end of January.
Jackson Lee will hold a park party at the Discovery Green in Houston from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday for Houston Youth Enrollment Day.
“Come out and learn about Houston’s healthy future while enjoying food, drinks, music and more! There will be health insurance information available, including health screenings, materials regarding the Affordable Care Act and young adults, and an opportunity to meet with Navigators or in-person assisters,” Jackson Lee’s office said. “There will also be a meet and greet with members of the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash.”
Participating in the event will be Jackson Lee, Young Invincible, Community Health Choice, Planned Parenthood, Legacy Community Health Services, United Way and University of Houston Student Government Association, and more.
Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.