Healthcare Racism

Rick Perry Wants to Fingerprint Healthcare Navigators

It appears that the Rick Perry administration is adamant that anyone who serves as a healthcare navigator, whose duties entail helping people obtain healthcare, pass through an immigration status check first.

Authorities in Texas have proposed a set of new rules for navigators that would require a wide range of completely unnecessary information.


For a party that has gone to such great lengths to hype privacy concerns under Obamacare, Republicans in Texas seem to be going out of their way to violate your privacy in every way possible, going so far as to scrutinize your “financial responsibility” if you wish to help other people enroll in Medicaid. And while background checks are fairly routine, fingerprinting certainly isn’t.

But let’s be real — no one will care after they read the first requirement listed. Because invasions of privacy are okay as long as they’re directed at those people. You know the ones.

The new rules don’t stop there, however.

If this report from the Washington Post is accurate, these rules could only be described as asinine.

Navigators would be prohibited from charging for their services and from recommending specific health benefit plans to consumers. The proposed rules would also restrict navigators from providing advice on the substantive benefits or comparative benefits of different health plans, the department said.

Navigators in Texas would also be required to take 40 hours of training in addition to the training they already receive.

It’s obvious that the goal here is to scare people away from performing a service for members of the community and, failing that, render the position ineffectual.

This is unequivocally mean-spirited and intentionally-bad policy.

(h/t TPM)

  • D_C_Wilson

    This is unequivocally mean-spirited and intentionally-bad policy.

    And most likely, super unconstitutional.

  • IrishGrrrl

    You missed the fact that they’re asking for citizenship papers and that this specifically targets Hispanic Navigators, among others, who are absolutely critical to reaching “other” language people. So it’s not only an attempt to keep people from volunteering–it’s meant to keep brown, non-English speaking people from getting the help they need to sign up.

    • JMAshby

      I didn’t miss that.

      • IrishGrrrl

        Sorry, I need to stop reading so damn fast.

  • Ned F

    Wonder what 40 hours of additional Texas required training consists of? ….shudder..

    • IrishGrrrl

      I would imagine it would have pictures of ladybits with a big red circle with a slash through it, crossword puzzles to see how many times the volunteer can find the word liberty, an exercise called “Finding Ron Paul” where they have to spot Ron Paul in busy pictures with lots of people and stuff, films filled with bloody fetuses, all followed by a round of Christian prayer and a bonus faith healing.

  • Christopher Foxx

    The proposed rules would also restrict navigators from providing advice

    It follows directly from their requirements that doctors be legally barred from giving medical advice.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    Show me a Republican policy proposal that is not in some way grounded in resentment.

  • Mike_Norris

    Fingerprinting and background checks to help people find the right healthcare policy. But the same set of rules would be an aberration for someone who wants to buy a machine gun.