"The governor of Florida is making it abundantly clear he will stop at nothing to sabotage the new federal health-care law," U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida) wrote in a letter to the Miami Herald. " And in so doing, he’s putting at risk some of the very residents he was elected to serve."
Enumerating the stumbling blocks the Governor has put in the navigators' paths, Nelson asks why state officials are taking such a hard line on "consumer helpers" who "have been serving the people of Florida in various ways for years — and, yes, even with the current governor’s full backing.
"In fact, many state and federal agencies have such “navigators” involved in helping folks maneuver through the often-complex processes associated with filing benefits claims, for example — and, yes, even buying health insurance.
"That’s right, even when buying health insurance created by the state."
Nelson asked why, in all of the years that navigators have served Florida residents, the governor did not raise privacy as an issue, as he is doing now. Read more.