The Truth About Navigators

John Fund, National Review Online, November 11, 213

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 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.”

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. {snip}


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.


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  • bigone4u

    I love this. It shows very clearly that black-run America is made up of liars, crooks, fools, and incompetents. It makes the day of reckoning that much closer. The disgusting part is the foolish white persons who thought it would be any different and voted for the mulatto. As Palin likes to say, “How’s that hope and change thing workin’ out for ya?”

    • Blue-eyed Devil

      That bimbo from Alaska was right as rain.

  • Keep this in mind when Obama goes around bragging about the few people that got better deals from 404Care than they had before. It’ll be because the navigators told them to lie on their application.

  • dd121

    Democrats = organized corruption.

  • Spartacus

    Corruption and incompetency in a black-run government ? What’s the world coming to !?!?!

    • Erasmus

      Wherever you have Africans, you have Africa.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Many of the Navigator problems uncovered in O’Keefe’s videos…

    These so-called “Navigators” (what an idiotic name) are a way to funnel money to ACORN, the Democratic Party and SEIU members.

    They are aiding and abetting a growing number of people who think there’s nothing wrong and that it’s their right to get whatever they can by whatever means possible, including fraud, cheating and scams — in the name of ‘social justice,’ and ‘fairness.’

    They know the Democrats that feed them also protect them and there will be no consequences if they’re caught committing fraud because they’ve gotten away with this for decades.

    I fail to see the difference between where we are headed and the old Soviet Union.

    Can anybody help me out on this?

    Am I missing something?

    Many of the Navigator problems uncovered in O’Keefe’s videos…

    Careful, Mr. O’Keefe. You are treading in dangerous territory exposing the chicanery, double-dealing and deceit of the obama regime. Maybe that car accident that Michael Hastings was in where the car exploded BEFORE crashing and Andrew Breitbart’s death were merely natural, normal events that happen every day to muck-raking journalists…But then again.


  • Erasmus

    People who work for Obama advocating people lie? Quelle surprise! (NOT)

  • O’Keefe is our era’s equivalent of Jane Goodall.

  • Former Acorn workers, National Urban League? This is going to work out well.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    We gon’ nabnigate dat munny to da community.

  • IstvanIN

    For the most part government contractors are a scam. In a case like this you would have civil servants who were hired using a civil service test and civil service procedures to prevent political hacks from getting jobs, and especially the hack at the top who would make post of the money; or you would have private insurance brokers who sell insurance just like the guys who sell auto and home insurance. These “government vendors” are the the worst of the worst, being neither civil servants nor private industry.

  • MikeofAges

    First get the words straight. They’re not “navigators”. They’re customer service reps. If there ever was job that ought to be outsourced to an all-night call center in India, this it.

  • Blue-eyed Devil

    I’d slit my wrists before that would happen.

  • Blue-eyed Devil

    I don’t give a rat’s ass about Obamacare and I refuse to partake in it.

  • Defiant White

    If Columbus had a black navigator the Pilgrims would have gotten here before he did.

    • Blue-eyed Devil

      The darkie at the helm would’ve sailed back to Madagascar thinking he was bound for Plymouth Rock.

  • Blue-eyed Devil

    Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci were true NAVIGATORS, not these ignorant spearchuckers.