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ACORN Survivors Enlisted As Obamacare “Navigators”

Posted: October 4, 2013 at 7:00 am   /   by

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.”

John Walker

John Walker

Team Writer at Western Free Press
John Walker is a long time observer of American politics with experience in journalism, government, and public affairs.

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.
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  1. phoenixlaw says:

    This whole charade is replete with benefits to special interest groups.  The ACA was not selflessly designed with the intent of providing affordable and equitable medical services to those in need, but rather to acquire taxpayer money for the private insurance companies under the guise of health care and the ideological excuse of personal responsibility.  It takes money from ordinary people and gives it to a medical insurance industry that profits handsomely from this legally-enforced corporate welfare – all the while keeping Americans  locked in the same broken system that puts profits before patients.  The law was essentially written by executives from the health insurance industry so that special interests would not be upset and profits would be assured.

    1. phoenixlaw Crony capitalism at its finest. Did you know that the “1%” are actually doing better under Obama than they did under Bush or Clinton?

    2. phoenixlaw Also, this is, like the stimulus, a giant money-laundering operation. Take taxpayer money, give to entities of the left. They are strengthened by it, and it turn return some of it to Obama and the Dems for campaign contributions. The left is funding itself through taxpayer money and borrowing. It’s worthy of a RICO investigation.

  2. rofomoreno says:

    Suffice it to say, since the signing of Obamacare, many of us have anticipated this arrival of the maleficent minded to be first in line to partake in yet another career opportunity funded by but without the consent of the taxpayer. Their prep and positioning for a new government health workers union organization of exorbitant pay and lifelong and even exempted health and death benefits (completely at taxpayer expense) is exemplified [especially] in every predominately minority populated community in America. 
    For instance, in the 30+ yrs of Democrat led Maryvale (west Phoenix), these Liberal-Progressive-Unionists are already established here with federal and Phoenix Council Chambers support including the orgs: LULAC, Chicanos Por La Causa, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Mi Familia Vota, La Raza, MEChA, MALDEF, their subsidiary associations, and scores of others (all executing the same duties as the former ACORN). They plant, take root, and dwell within and on the periphery of every public school and “Community Center” within these poor to moderate income neighborhoods. They have in essence replaced the roles of our local churches by becoming the new publicly funded sanctuaries of assistance which in turn have compiled and put to ideological use collected demographic data to exploit, then justify new complicated needs of public investment (more spending) at every turn of the thumbscrews. Obamacare will make local “Community Centers” within predominately Hispanic neighborhoods of Phoenix, the means for determining much more needed “investment” which will guarantee a governmental continuation of keeping the populace mired in the dangerous circumstances (or to borrow their terminology; “at risk” circumstances) that their Democrat leadership provides for them. 
    The whole damn thing and the means to keep it breathing is a community death panel.

    1. rofomoreno Precisely so, and well said. Government needs to be stripped down to nothing. Courts, police, military, general-access roads, and the mitigation of some third-party effects (like certain kinds of pollution). That’s IT. No more. Enough. Human beings can run our own lives!
      Do that and it will force these leeches of the institutional left to find new employment our wither and die without our blood.

ACORN Survivors Enlisted As Obamacare “Navigators”