Sebelius: 'Scare Tactics' Being Used to Prevent People From Getting Healthy

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the Florida governor is using “scare tactics” that can hurt people’s health by not allowing so-called navigators to set up shop in a county health building to enroll people in health insurance exchanges mandated by Obamacare, according to National Public Radio.

"It's unfortunate that scare tactics are being used which may actually prevent people from getting healthy in the first place," Sebelius said Sept. 18 on NPR’s “Morning Edition.”

Gov. Rick Scott, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty met in August about how the $54 million Navigator program would operate in the state, according to a Sept. 14 article in The American Thinker.

Deputy Health Secretary C. Meade Grigg issued the order to 60 health departments across the state banning the navigators and authorizing clinic employees to give patients who ask a brochure about Obamacare enrollment, the article stated.

"It remains to be seen whether the information that people will provide to give navigators assistance is safe," McCarty said in a statement about the results of that meeting. "The information given by applicants will be shared by the Health and Human Services and other federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration, Homeland Security and the Internal Revenue Service."

"I'm hopeful that a county health department, a place where people go to get health care and stay healthy, becomes a logical place to connect with people who have coverage needs, who have questions," Sebelius said on NPR. "And we hope that the governor will reconsider that decision."