He’s Back. James O’Keefe Blows Open Navigators Like He Did Acorn.

I’m Mad As Hell And I’m Not Gonna Take This Any More. Are You? Pass This On, And On, And On. We Will Win

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The Truth about Navigators

By John Fund             http://www.nationalreview.com

James O’Keefe reveals corruption at the heart of the president’s signature program. 

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. 

The events of O’Keefe’s videoof a Texas navigator site run by the National Urban League are a familiar sight to viewers of his past efforts exposing Medicaid and voter fraud. Government-paid workers supposedly trained to uphold the law advise clients on how to lie on government forms, evade legal requirements, and ignore proper procedures.

“You lie because your premiums will be higher,” one navigator advises an investigator for O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, who tells the worker he sometimes smokes. “Don’t tell them that. Don’t tell ’em.”

The investigator then poses as a low-income worker at a university who has unreported cash income on the side, worrying about how that might affect his premium subsidies. That’s no problem for a navigator, who says, “Don’t get yourself in trouble by declaring it now.”

“Yeah, it didn’t happen,” another navigator says. One more chimes in: “Never report it.”

Records show that the National Urban League was paid $376,000 by the federal government for its Obamacare outreach in Texas.

O’Keefe’s cameras then visit Enroll America, a nationwide nonprofit group that has launched a multi-state grassroots campaign to help millions of Americans sign up for health coverage. 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.”

 

There’s much more in the video, which O’Keefe hints will not be his last. Left unexplored is how so many navigators nationwide were hired without any background checks required. While Texas and some other states have passed requirements of their own, the absence of such checks at the federal level was acknowledged by HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius last week. She was asked by Texas senator John Cornyn if “a convicted felon could be a navigator and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual unbeknownst to them.”

“It’s possible,” was Secretary Sebelius’s less-than-comforting reply.

Michael Astrue served as commissioner of Social Security until earlier this year, and in the 1990s served as general counsel for HHS. He wrote in The Weekly Standard last month that he is genuinely frightened of the lax security surrounding the Obamacare website, and the fact that navigators will access the federal data hub to help people enroll:

HHS opened the door to large-scale fraud by providing funding for tens of thousands of “navigators”—people who are supposed to persuade the uninsured to apply for coverage and then assist them in the application process. Instead of hiring well-screened, well-trained, and well-supervised workers, HHS decided to build political support for the Affordable Care Act by pouring money into supportive organizations so they could launch poorly trained workers into their communities without obtaining criminal background checks or creating systems for monitoring their activities.

As a practical matter, these navigators are unaccountable, and yet they will be asking people for Social Security numbers and other sensitive information. It will not take long for navigators to become predators, and HHS has no plan to deal with the new breed of predators it is creating. The somnolent HHS inspector general has been silent about this scheme that will inflict widespread fraud and identity theft on vulnerable Americans.

Finally, we should all remember that the Minnesota exchange illegally disclosed the Social Security numbers of 2,400 of its state’s citizens 18 daysbefore its exchange opened for business. With HHS’s convoluted patchwork of contractors, including the data centers of “the cloud,” tens of thousands of people have now gained access to our personal data.

In Texas, some of those people work for Local 100 United Labor Unions, a New Orleans group run by ACORN founder Wade Rathke. Local 100 is a “sub-grantee” providing navigators for the Southern United Neighborhoods group, which received a $600,678 grant to promote Obamacare enrollment. It also received a $270,193 grant for similar work in Arkansas and a $486,123 grant for Louisiana, also as a “sub-grantee.” Marcel Reid, a former dissident board member of ACORN who broke with the group in 2008 over its questionable practices, told me earlier this year, “ACORN is forming new groups under new mismanagement, and if Wade Rathke is involved in any of them, it spells trouble.”

Many of the Navigator problems uncovered in O’Keefe’s videos and by other media outlets could have been predicted, given the propensity of Obama World to associate with highly ideological and often administratively sloppy “community organizers.” 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.

The law’s problems are coming from more sides than a pentadecagon. But one of the most serious things undermining its credibility is the Obama administraion’s seemingly complete indifference to corruption within one of the key groups tasked with its implementation. We’ll have to see just how much worse it gets.

— John Fund is national-affairs columnist for National Review Online.

 ~Steve~                        

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/363699/truth-about-navigators-john-fund

 

 

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32 responses to “He’s Back. James O’Keefe Blows Open Navigators Like He Did Acorn.

  1. James O’Keefe and his Project Veritas give me hope for America and the younger generation.

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  3. Great article, Steve!

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  4. Thanks. They own it. This will bring them down. Do not let up.

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  5. Alas, I am deeply skeptical of anything having to do with O’Keefe. Veracity seems to not be high on his list of attributes. I’ll wait and see where this actually goes.

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    • “Veracity seems to not be high on his list of attributes.”

      That’s a serious accusation. How is O’Keefe a liar?

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      • I am a veteran editor of film and video across almost all genre and I have seen his work plus the original footage. Maybe everything else he says is straight up but he or whoever is editing is not doing truth or perception of the truth any favors.

        It is frustrating but the simple, unedited, reality is all that is needed.

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        • Enzo, that’s very interesting. Do you have an example you can share where either O’Keefe or his editor misled their audience?

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          • It’s merely an opinion. I think the guy is a schnook and that there are so many out there who are not that I prefer not to assign much credibility to O’Keefe. I won’t mind if you do but I do not.

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            • Enzo, He brought down Acorn. So what have you done for the cause besides make baseless accusations.
              Warning you are on thin ice at this point with me.
              Steve- Co-Founder Admin

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      • (Having problems posting to the thread, sorry if this is a double).
        I am a veteran video and film editor across most genres and with a lot of forensic experience. I have seen O’Keefe’s video both as edited and the rushes he provided the CA State AG as shot and either he or whoever is editing in his stead is not doing the truth any favors.

        The truth requires no temporal re-arrangements and that there are both obvious and in-obvious edits damages the credibility, the accuracy, the veracity of his work. His settlement with a ACORN worker doesn’t help nor does his very peculiar incident with a reporter for CNN.

        One “aw shit!” undoes a whole lot of “atta’ boys!”

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        • Enzo,

          For some reason, WordPress is dumping your comments to Spam. But you’re not banned from FOTM, so I’m thoroughly mystified.
          I have to retrieve your comments from spam so they’re published. 😦

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          • I am sorry that my comments are going there. Oddly enough, it only seems to happen when I am using firefox on Mac or Mercury on IOS. I’ll look at wp forums and see if there’s a known issue. I use FIOS from this location and maybe the gateway is in a “bad range?” I’ll try to post from a different gateway/machine in the future.

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        • Enzo, what settlement has he made. All I know is he basically destroyed Acorn.
          Know what? You’re right the truth is ugly enough. And if I recall they screamed bloody murder that it was a chop job. Seems that argument did not hold water. So if you are going to call O’keefe a liar I would appreciate some evidence.
          He has done more for the cause then most. You are very vague in your accusations. Please elaborate or retract it!

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          • No. I am not getting into a pissing match. I have explained my sentiments and if you do not like them, then by all means, fall through your thin ice and call forth the great fiery IP warriors and ban me. It will certainly not change my opinion but it will cause you to lose a voice from someone who values truth.

            If O’Keefe is your hero, great. He is not mine and as far as I am concerned he is a liability. Were he an employee I’d fire him.

            I have explained all I need to support my opinion.

            If I were in court I might feel compelled to elaborate but I’m not.

            I will leave you with this: Conservative activist pays $100,000 to former ACORN worker, or this: James O’Keefe agrees to pay $100,000 settlement to fired Acorn employee.

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            • Hey Enzo, who has the thin skin? You made accusations and we said provide proof and you gave us an opinion. You know what they say about opinions. OK so you do give a Link on the lawsuit. Bingo That is proof. But not enough to throw out the baby with the bathwater.

              One Acorn worker against the whole thing collapsing. I’ll take it. Remember they don’t play fair either.
              Enzo you have explained nothing as far as I’m concerned. Your main accusation was he or someone chopped up the tape. Nope you have not proved that and as far as I’m concerned that is your 3rd time evading the question. You’re a shill for Obama.
              Last chance to prove what you accuse him of or get the hell off the Blog.

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              • Steve,

                Enzo already declared that he ain’t showing no proof unless he’s in a court room, which of course FOTM isn’t. In effect he’s saying he’s just too precious for our piddling little blog. So not only is he refusing to pony up convincing evidence of O’Keefe’s alleged untruths, he’s also dissing FOTM.

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            • Great comments, Steve!

              Enzo, what I like about O’Keefe is that he took ACTION and he SUCCEEDED! All the more impressive when we consider that the Left is not playing by Marquis of Queensbury rules. Check out this quote:

              “The prime thing that every man who takes an interest in politics should remember is that he must act, and not merely criticize the actions of others. It is not the man who sits by his fireside, reading his evening paper, and saying how bad our politics and politicians are, who will ever do anything to save us; it is the man who goes out into the rough hurly-burly of the caucus, the primary, and the political meeting, and there faces his fellows on equal terms. The real service is rendered, not by the critic who stands aloof from the contest, but by the man who enters into it and bears his part as a man should, undeterred by the blood and the sweat.”

              -Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) U.S. President (1901-1909)

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            • Enzo, not that it proves anything, but I was wondering besides being the film capital of the world since you are an editor. Your I.P address shows you live in
              State/Region: Washington
              City: Redmond

              Hmm, Now why does that ring a bell. Anyone want to venture what company and their founder who is worth 400 quadrillionbazzilion bucks
              Are there…just saying. Maybe birds of a feather..
              Enzo how did you put your accusation? Oh yea, That’s my opinion.
              Let the guess’s begin.

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              • O’Keefe is, to me, a dishonorable person whose ends-justifies-the-means approach is deceptive at best. He has chosen to unnecessarily—gratuitously—manipulate reality and sell it as truth and I can’t respect that regardless of the outcome.

                As the Dr. points out above, your allegiance to O’Keefe is strong enough that an aspersion cast upon him is considered an aspersion cast upon you. I feel badly for that but am in no way apologetic.

                But, here’s some sunshine for you: I won’t be back to nudge the exaggerated towards the truth or cast doubt upon doubtful things.

                (So, what big company is headquartered in Nurnberg?)

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            • Enzo, You are such a schmuck. Your links show that O’keefe paid a guy off because he filmed him without his permission.
              The A.G viewed the entire tape and no charges were filed as the schmuck he filmed did implicate himself.
              It was a nuisance suit.
              Buzzerrrrr sound. You lose.
              Folks Enzo has proven himself to be a Lib shill once again
              Steve

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  6. it embarrassing that these people are here in Texas trying to turn it blue. To me it does not matter as they are all on the same page together to ruin American and others. Thanks for the heads up on this video…amazing!

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  7. Gotta love this guy and his people!

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