REGARDLESS of its unpopularity and impracticality, the Affordable Care Act is now the law of the land. But that law is so cumbersome the government is hiring "navigators" to help people sign up.
But who will protect the public from navigators who do not know where they are going?
Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey sent questionnaires to officials of two contractors asking about employee background checks, training and the like. One contractor complied with his request, while the other, West Virginia Parent Training and Information Inc., did not.
In fact, the latter returned its $365,758 federal grant, citing unforeseen circumstances.
Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller took umbrage.
"Our attorney general, who hates all of this Affordable Health Care Act, has intimidated one of the groups, so they've withdrawn, and it's really something that should be investigated," Rockefeller told the Gazette.
In a written statement, Morrisey said his feelings about the law aside, his job is to protect West Virginia consumers.
"Why is Senator Rockefeller so convinced that these Obamacare navigators - many of whom are seasonal workers, without a background in health insurance - will understand thousands and thousands of pages of regulations in a few weeks after only 20 mandatory hours of online training?" Morrisey asked.
Experience does matter.
The company that answered his questions, Advanced Patient Advocacy, based in Virginia, has 13 years of experience in this field.
The group that declined answering the questions is a Clarksburg-based contractor with the U.S. Department of Education with 22 years of working with parents of disabled children.
Millions of taxpayer dollars are at stake in signing up people for health insurance under Obamacare.
Not only does Morrisey have the right to ask questions of the people doing the sign ups, as attorney general he has the duty to do so. You do not have to love a law to enforce it.
Surely Sen. Rockefeller does not want the people most at risk in West Virginia to be navigated through this law by people who are improperly trained.