Now, one of the victims of that sabotage is speaking out.
"I find the letter quite offensive," says Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, which received a $1.9 million grant. "It is shocking. It is absolutely shocking." [...]Of course this is an effort to slow down the navigator process, to stop it if they can. The fact that the groups the Republicans focus on are in the states that have the greatest need, the most uninsured and thus the most to gain, makes their motives entirely clear. There's nothing about oversight involved here—these groups haven't even progressed far enough in the process to have done anything to require oversight. It is all about trying to cripple the law. And it's about preventing people from getting the health insurance the law provides them.
"Was this an attempt by members of the committee to basically stop and slow down the navigator process?" Hamler-Fugitt says. "We’re going to stop now and pull together voluminous documents to provide back to the committee?"
Some of those documents don't yet exist, she says. "We weren't required to provide position papers, salary ranges, privacy policies or procedures. You don’t do that until you know that you got the award." [...]
"It's going to be very, very time consuming at the very time we're trying to get our [organization running]. No one’s even been hired yet," Hamler-Fugitt adds. "Not one penny has been drawn on this grant." Some of the smaller nonprofits that are part of the food bank’s network of local organizations slated to do the outreach, she says, may withdraw from the program entirely.