The National Review’s is reporting that Obamacare may be another Acorn scandal—specifically the “navigators.”
Last Friday, the Washington Post ran a piece by Ed Rogers, a former top deputy in the 1988 George H. W. Bush campaign, entitled “Six Reasons Obamacare Will Get Worse for Democrats.” One reason leaps out:
Navigators. If you liked ACORN, you’ll love the Obamacare Navigators. I’m sure there will be good, sincere people who really want to help people navigate the Obamacare maze. But there will be enough bad apples employed as navigators to supply plenty of scary anecdotes and weird encounters that will result in a steady ridicule of the overall program. And there will no doubt be activists with hidden cameras ready to capture a few creepy and outrageous encounters that will grab everybody’s attention and make voters even more skeptical of Obamacare.
Rogers’ warning has been confirmed now, on video:
James O’Keefe, the guerrilla videographer who helped bring down ACORN (the “community organizing” group that Barack Obama worked for as a lawyer and trainer) and got NPR’s president fired, is back.
This time, his undercover investigators focused on Obamacare’s “navigators,” the nearly 50,000 people who, in the words of the Department of Health and Human Services, “will serve as an in-person resource for Americans who want additional assistance in shopping for and enrolling in plans” on the Obamacare exchanges (at least when they’re finally working). The total value of grants doled out for nonprofits and community organizations to hire navigators has topped $67 million nationwide, and some of the money is going to a group run by ACORN’s highly controversial founder.
O’Keefe shows footage of “navigators” being willing to advise callers to lie about their smoking and their income in order to gain lower rates and/or federal subsidies.
Also damaging is O’Keefe’s footage of events involving Enroll America.
Daniel Clayton of Enroll America says the group is “purely nonprofit. It’s not partisan, non-political.” But when Brian Pendleton of Enroll America is introduced at a speaking engagement, Enroll America is described as “the official group for the DNC [Democratic National Committee].”
Enroll America, O’Keefe reports, appears to be sharing data and working directly with an explicitly political group called Battleground Texas, activities that he notes “are prohibited unless certain conditions are met.” Adrian Bell, the regional field director for Battleground Texas, proudly notes the group was “started by President Obama’s national field director” and is “dedicated to turning Texas blue.”
With all the criticism of Obama’s utopianism, perhaps we need to spend more time and give more attention to the pure criminal corruption. Obamacare seems to be another way, like stimulus in the past, where the President’s network can be given easy money.
The easy dishonesty these navigators display brings up the question of background checks. Remember, Kathleen Sebelius said that there weren’t any. A felon could be on the other end of the line. Yet you are supposed to give your social security number to this person?
The Affordable Care Act is turning out to be a nationwide shakedown in every possible way.