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If Florida’s individual health insurance rates rise, thank Gov. Rick Scott

Our state’s top officials still kicking up a fuss about Affordable Care Act’s arrival in Florida

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“And it’s more than navigators,” she fanned the flames on Fox News. “It’s people that assist the navigators. Now, these navigators will have our consumers throughout the country’s most personal and private information: tax return information, Social Security information. And our biggest fear, of course, is identity theft.”

Of course it is. So, with the clock winding down on the state’s Obamacare lark, the governor has chimed in as well, mouthing to his lapdog cabinet that “it is unclear how the federal government will prevent personal information from being stolen or otherwise misused,” according to NPR.

And, sure, there’s a little jeering coming from the Democratic camp of the “You did this to yourselves, obstructionists!” variety, but that’s just politics and not helping regular people. The reality is that, as with most grants falling under this kind of scrutiny, the HHS has already considered the process before signing the checks. Also, ever heard of Medicare? Yeah, that seems to work OK (and you can defraud it, Gov. Scott!). But if you need assurances, here’s the HHS line of thought on the Scott-Bondi pile-on.

“Contrary to Gov. Scott’s statements, consumers will never be asked to provide their personal health information to the marketplace,” HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters told Reuters. “There is no such database of Americans’ health information, and multiple independent fact-checkers have debunked this claim.”

Everybody freak out!

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