ACORN Survivors Enlisted As Obamacare “Navigators”
Community Organizers Gain Access to Personal Data
Leaving no left-wing resource untapped, survivors of the defunct ACORN community organizing group are busy enrolling customers for the Obamacare insurance exchanges.
ACORN is remembered for its seedy record of voter fraud and clever ways to scam government funds. Now the remnants of ACORN are “navigators” hired to sign up Obamacare customers.
Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) summed it up in an editorial titled “Obama’s ACORN Cronies to Profit from Obamacare.”
“Somehow it does not surprise us that among the conductors on the train wreck known as Obamacare will be the leftist agitators from President Obama’s beloved ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now,” the editorial said.
“They’ll get up to $48 an hour as “navigators” to lead us through the dead-end Obamacare maze.”
ACORN founder Wade Rathke, who now runs United Labor Unions (ULU) in New Orleans, will lead the effort. ULU recently announced that it was working to do “mass enrollment” of people into the Obamacare insurance exchanges in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas.
ACORN was long plagued with scandal, most notably revealed in undercover videos shot in 2009 by James O’Keefe III and Hannah Giles. Congress eventually defunded ACORN. The group filed for bankruptcy in 2010.
Long time ACORN watcher Matthew Vadum predicts that it’s a “foregone conclusion that ULU Obamacare enrollers will abuse the sensitive financial, medical, and demographic information they take from vulnerable Americans, using the data for community organizing and partisan political advantage.”
ULU is only one of the groups enlisted by the Department of Health and Human Services as “Champions of Coverage” to serve as Obamacare navigators.
Others include Planned Parenthood, NAACP, National Urban League, Families USA, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
IBD reminded readers that ACORN’s descendents have a strong ally. He has gained the kind of power he could only have imagined when they met years ago.
“In 1995, a young lawyer and community organizer himself sued the state of Illinois on behalf of ACORN to force implementation of the federal motor voter law and to bar the state from pruning its voter rolls of dead and nonexistent voters.
“The young lawyer was Barack Obama. ACORN later invited Obama to train its staff.”
During the course of his career, Walker has worked in Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, and Phoenix. He served as a reporter in Chicago, a press secretary and speechwriter in Washington, and in numerous positions in New York in corporate and financial services communications.
Walker is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.