I had a bill get through Appropriations today. The legislation would make Navigators, the people who are appointed by the federal government to help citizens purchase insurance through the exchange, register with the PA Insurance Dept. and undergo a criminal background check. These are reasonable consumer protection measures for people who have access to people’s personal financial information and social security numbers. The largest association using Navigators sent out a letter to support the bill. Unfortunately, the Democrats unanimously voted against it. So, the bill passed on a party line vote. The Democrats’ positions were an example of politics trumping common sense. Their concern about changes to any part of ObamaCare outweighed protecting the interests of the very people they are elected to represent.