Texas State Senate candidate files complaint against Navigators
The James O'Keefe Navigator videotapes are attracting attention in the state where they were filmed.
The two O'Keefe tapes released to date, with more promised, recorded Navigators working for organizations under contract to the Department of Health and Human Services in the Dallas and Irving and in Houston, Fort Worth and Luring, Texas.
A candidate for the Texas State Senate has filed a complaint against the Navigators with a state agency concerning with overseeing the insurance industry in Texas.
A Texas-based Tea Party website, teaparty911, released the following statement on November 18, 2013:
Republican Challenger for Texas State Senate, District 2, files complaint against Navigators with Texas Department of Insurance
Sulphur Springs, TX, November 18, 2013 - Today, Robert Lee "Bob" Hall, a challenger in the Republican primary for District 2, Texas State Senate, filed a complaint with the Texas Department of Insurance concerning ObamaCare Navigator organizations working in Texas under contract to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Hall's complaint comes in the wake of two videotapes recently released on the internet that document multiple Navigators counseling Texas insurance consumers to continue to under-report their income to the Internal Revenue Service.
Hall's complaint also noted that the videos suggest that Navigators, and other persons representing organizations under HSS contract, are coordinating their efforts with partisan groups associated with the Democrat Party, potentially constituting illegal activities.
Hall suggested that the TDI investigate the Navigator organizations to determine if they are violating state law, and if found to be doing so, forward that information to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.
In the complaint Hall noted that the "Compact with Texans, Customer Service Principles" posted on the TDI website state that: "At the Texas Department of Insurance we recognize our responsibilities to both consumers and the insurance industry. We work to fulfill our legislative mandate to regulate the insurance industry while protecting the people and businesses that are served by insurance. We pledge to provide high quality service to all our customers."
Hall will likely face 2nd District incumbent and fellow Republican Bob Deuell in the G.O.P. primary. Deuell was a key supporter of Texas Senate bill 1795 that relates to the regulation of navigators for health benefit exchanges in Texas.
The primary race for the 2nd District Texas Senate seat covers several counties in East Texas. It will likely pit a "moderate" incumbent, Deuell, against a more conservative challenger in Hall.