Obamacare Will Create Thousands of Jobs in Under-Served Communities

April 5, 2013 - 7:59 AM

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President Barack Obama and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Betsy McCaughey, the former New York lieutenant governor and author of the book, "Beating Obamacare," says the health care law will give blue-collar jobs to "a lot of people who haven't had a job in a long time."

"It's all about racial and ethnic quotas," she told Fox News on Thursday.

A regulation issued this week by the Department of Health and Human Services says all state health care exchanges -- using federal grants -- must hire "navigators." These are corporate or non-profit entities, which in turn will hire people to answer questions about Obamacare. 

At least one navigator in every state "must be a community and consumer-focused non-profit group," the regulation says on page 13.

"Navigators are an important resource for all consumers, particularly communities that are under-served by and under-represented in the current health insurance market," the regulation says (page 6).

The regulation also establishes "non-Navigator assistance personnel" who will conduct "outreach and education" to encourage participation in Obamacare. Outreach and education are hallmarks of community organizer groups.

"Let's be truthful about this," McCaughey told Fox News on Thursday. "This is a -- a way of giving blue (collar) jobs to a lot of people who maybe haven't had a job in a long time. The fact is that the Department of Health and Human Services just issued this 64-page guideline on who should be an assister (navigator), signing you up for your health plan.

"There's nothing in here about background checks. You're going to hand them your Social Security number, your address, your financial information," McCaughey said. "Instead, it's all about racial and ethnic quotas. The people hired have to be of the same skin color and ethnicity as the people they're signing up."

Page 36 of the proposed HHS rule says that navigators and non-navigator assistance personnel must "implement strategies to recruit and promote a staff that is representative of the demographic characteristics, including primary languages spoken, of the communities in their service area."

The individuals hired by corporate and non-profit navigators must be trained and certified to guide people through the insurance selection process, either by phone or in-person. And they must do so fairly, accurately and impartially -- in a "culturally and linguistically appropriate manner," the regulation says.