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Scott deflects on navigators, puts execution delay onus on Bondi
Posted Sep 12, 2013 by William March
Updated Sep 12, 2013 at 01:07 PM
In a brief session with reporters in Tampa today, Gov. Rick Scott deflected questions about the state’s ban on health care “navigators” and a murderer’s delayed execution, putting the onus for the delay on Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Asked what information he had when he made the decision to postpone the execution and whether it was a proper decision, Scott replied, “My office had a request from the Attorney General’s Office to postpone the execution, and so they made a decision to postpone it, and anything else you’d have to ask the attorney general.”
Bondi sought a delay of the scheduled Sept. 10 execution of Marshall Lee Gore, convicted in the rape and strangling deaths of two women in 1988, because Bondi had a campaign fundraiser scheduled for that evening in Tampa. Scott has said Bondi simply asked for the delay and didn’t explain why; Bondi has since acknowledged seeking the delay was a mistake.
The state Department of Health has said it will ban from its property the “navigators,” workers trained to help individuals buy health insurance through the new online exchanges being set up under the Obamacare program. Because the state refused to set up such an exchange, the navigators will be hired and trained through a federal exchange.
An official in the Florida Department of Health, an agency controlled by Scott, has announced the navigators won’t be allowed in county health departments to provide help to the uninsured.
Asked why, Scott said, “The concern that we have with regard to navigators is privacy issues. So they have to go through a process in our state to be registered and we have to make sure they go through that process. But the real concern I have with the navigators is how are they going to deal with our personal issues. They’re going to have a lot of personal information about our citizens. How are they going to use that information and how are they going to share it.”
Asked whether he agreed with the decision to ban them from state property, he said, “What I’m concerned about is the privacy issues – what information are they going to have and how are they going to use it.”