Over at National Review, John Fund writes about new work from videographer James O’Keefe, whose reporting reveals a swampland of "corruption at the heart" of Obamacare, the "president's signature program." Fund writes:
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.
That "additional assistance" offered by navigators includes advising "clients on how to lie." Fund continues:
The events of O’Keefe’s video of 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."
Then there is the problem of a "nationwide nonprofit," "non-political" organization called Enroll America, nevertheless described as the "official group" for the Democratic National Committee. Enroll America "appears to be sharing data and working directly with Battleground Texas," whose goal is "turning Texas blue." Fund writes:
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," Fund notes. But "left unexplored is how so many navigators nationwide were hired without any background checks required." This lack of criminal background checks is, by itself, a recipe for disaster, a clearly rotten fruit indicative of bad, if not to say rotten, government.
"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," Fund writes.
Sebelius "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," Fund writes.
It's possible? Can there be any doubt, America, that there are who knows how many alligators among the 50,000 navigators inhabiting the Obamacare swamplands?
The Obama administration isn't just reducing American citizens to the status of dependent subjects. It's as if a free people is being reduced to food, reduced to fodder for an imperious, ravenous ideology -- at the mercy of felons, convicted or otherwise, elected or otherwise. Imagine, "We the People" as lunch for the cavernous jaws of Washington elites.