Thirteen states have passed laws making it extremely difficult, or even illegal, to help uninsured people navigate the new health insurance exchanges.
For example, in Texas, "navigators must have 40 hours of
state training in addition to the 20 hours the health care law requires.
Republican Gov. Rick Perry 'is even trying to limit the hours of
navigator operations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., which is an extraordinary
restriction for ordinary folks who are working for a living who want to
buy insurance and get benefits'".
I understand that Republicans and Tea Partiers want to deprive Pres. Obama of major legislative achievement. They fought tooth and nail when the act was being passed. They shut down the whole government, at huge expense, to try to prevent Obamacare from starting - to no effect.
But to prevent the good work of helping people get health insurance out of sheer partisanship is very, very wrong.