A Republican lawmaker who has called background checks on guns a "knee-jerk reaction" to mass shootings slammed President Barack Obama's health care reform law on Sunday for not providing background checks on the workers hired as "Navigators" to help Americans understand the law.
Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) told MSNBC's Alex Witt that she was not advising her constituents to sign up for the new health insurance exchanges.
"I will say that our [Tennessee] Department of Commerce was very concerned about Navigators not having background checks," Blacks said. "And they are requiring -- and the state does have the authorities to be able to do that -- but they are requiring that when people take your Social Security number, your bank information, your health information, that these have people that have been qualified, not only in their learning about the system but also that they have background checks so they don't have the most personal information that could be let out there and used in ways that we would like our identity to be used."
As Forbes' Carolyn McClanahan pointed out earlier this year, Navigators can provide assistance to people who don't have coverage by collecting three basic pieces of information: the number of people in the family, income information and sources of available coverage, such as employment.