VAN SUSTEREN: But -- but I mean, it's so -- you know, I use the term "extraordinary" -- I mean, is that -- to have the amount of information, personal information that many people fear is going to be out there, you would at least hope it was trusted. I mean, we can't even trust sort of the spy information with the NSA.
VAN SUSTEREN: So how in the world are we going to -- how in the world are we going to -- at least -- I think Snowden probably had more of a background check (INAUDIBLE) dealing with more significant things. But I mean, if these people don't have any sort of check...
VAN SUSTEREN: ... on who they are, why they might want the information, how much access they have...
WEST: And that's the problem when you think about the credibility of the government, period. I mean, not just the administration, but the House, the Senate, and also these bureaucratic agencies, such as HHS, who's going to be bringing on these people that have not had any background checks, but yet they're going to still have the access to your Social Security number, your medical records, all of these type of things. And really, this is another aspect of data mining the American people.
VAN SUSTEREN: So -- so what's going to happen? They'll just let it slide?
WEST: I think that when we do get our dear colleagues back up here on the House side and the Senate side, one of the things they need to look at is they need to take this off the shelf and look at really what this Affordable Care Act is about.
VAN SUSTEREN: Apparently, though, they're not doing much. Now, there are a number of state attorneys generals who have written HHS Secretary Sebelius, and they -- they have pointed out that -- that -- according to the letter they wrote that they want a response from her by the 28th of August.
But they write -- this is -- "Personnel in many of the new programs will have significant access to consumers' personal information, yet HHS's relevance and guidance lack clarity regarding privacy protection." And it goes on to say, "The rule does not -- rules over these navigators does not even require uniform criminal background or fingerprint checks before hiring personnel. Indeed, it does not state that any prior criminal acts are per se disqualifying."
WEST: Well, I would say don't hold your breath to get a response back from Secretary Sebelius because recently, we found out that anywhere from about 50 to 56 ObamaCare has missed, you know, many different deadlines already in the first three years.
But this is something where the states' attorney generals -- they're absolutely right. They should not allow these exchanges to get set up. They should not allow these navigators to start accessing American private records unless they get some answers back. We cannot allow people to have this type of access and they don't have background checks themselves.
VAN SUSTEREN: Any idea what information they're going to have access to? I mean, it -- I've heard such a wide range of things. You know, there's sort of, you know, alarming the idea that they have access to personal information. But what -- you know, do you have any idea what this personal information is?
WEST: Well, when you sign up for these exchanges, I mean, they've got to get your basic information, your Social Security information, your medical information because that's part of the assessment to go into these exchanges.
And when you look at the fact that the president's going to be going out to New York and he's going to go to college campuses, you know, if they don't get enough young people to sign up into these exchanges, the whole thing is going to collapse. So you're going to see a huge push for that between now and 1 October when it's supposed to kick in.
VAN SUSTEREN: Well, I guess the problem is that they're not going to have your personal medical history is not particularly comforting to a lot of people. A lot of people just don't believe that in light of the fact that we're told lots of things by our government aren't going to - - you know, will not happen, and it does.
WEST: And then it comes back to the credibility of the federal government right now.
VAN SUSTEREN: And the credibility of the federal government is not particularly high with a lot of Americans.
WEST: It's not.
VAN SUSTEREN: It's not!
VAN SUSTEREN: Congressman, always nice to see you, sir.
WEST: Thank you, Greta.
VAN SUSTEREN: Thank you.