A fraud-infested Obamacare “outreach” program will get an astounding $1.2 billion from American taxpayers if legislation introduced by a veteran congresswoman becomes law. The preposterous measure, introduced by California Democrat Maxine Waters a few week ago, aims to recruit customers for the health insurance exchanges set up under Obama’s disastrous healthcare overhaul. The 14-term congresswoman, investigated by the House Ethics Committee for steering federal funds to her husband’s failing Massachusetts bank, crafted the law because the Trump administration slashed Obamacare outreach funding by more than 90%.
“Our health care system is under attack by a president, administration, and Republican-controlled Congress that – after numerous failed attempts to repeal Obamacare – are sabotaging it for political gain,” Waters said in a statement. “My legislation seeks to reverse their vindictive efforts to undermine and de-stabilize our health care system by ensuring that all consumers are provided with the information they need to make timely and well-informed decisions when purchasing health coverage through the federal and state-run marketplaces.” The bill, Affordable Care Act (ACA) Outreach for the Uninsured, Transformative Recruitment, and Enrollment Action for Compassionate Healthcare (ACA OUTREACH) Act, is cosponsored by 36 other lawmakers. If it passes, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would dole out $300 million annually through 2021 for “navigator” grants. Minority and underserved communities would be especially targeted, according to language in the bill’s text.
The Obamacare navigator program was rife with fraud and corruption and Judicial Watch sued HHS back in 2014 to obtain records that the agency refused to provide under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In 2013, the Obama administration gave dozens of leftists organizations a whopping $67 million to help people “navigate” health insurance exchanges that weren’t even fully established. In a “culturally competent manner” the so-called navigators were tasked with helping people shop for and enroll in plans that would eventually be available on the federal government market places. The money was divided between 105 mostly leftist groups that assisted and recruited the uninsured to sign up for coverage and understand their options.
Here are a few examples of the community organizations that received navigator grants from the government; an Arizona nonprofit called “Campesinos Sin Fronteras” that provides services to farm workers and low-income Hispanics; a south Florida legal group that provided navigators in “racially, ethnically, linguistically, culturally and socioeconomically diverse” communities; three Planned Parenthood branches—in Iowa, Montana and New Hampshire—got a combined $655,000 to serve as navigators. Others include; the Arab Community Center in Michigan, which got nearly $300,000 to reach out to and engage uninsured community members through “multicultural” media. A Black Chamber of Commerce in South Carolina received north of $230,000 to “provide outreach around new coverage options” and a Hispanic aging group in Texas got over $646,000 help members that are “socially isolated due to cultural and linguistic differences.”
Some of the navigator money went to a labor front group called Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York headed by an illegal immigrant activist named Maria Marroquin. The group received navigator funds shortly after Marroquin, an illegal alien from Peru, had been arrested for participating in disruptive demonstrations protesting the deportation of fellow undocumented immigrants and demanding amnesty.
Besides the outrage of hiring an illegal immigrant to promote a U.S. government program, it’s equally disturbing to know that navigators have access to the sensitive personal information of healthcare enrollees. This includes Social Security numbers, which can be used for identity theft, a rampant crime among illegal alien populations seeking to establish residency and land jobs in the U.S.
Navigator funds also went to a nonprofit (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), with such a huge history of corruption that Congress issued a federal funding ban. As part of a broader investigation into ACORN Judicial Watch obtained records showing that HHS violated the congressional ACORN funding ban by awarding a Louisiana nonprofit called Southern United Neighborhoods (SUN) a $1.3 million Obamacare navigator grant to recruit customers. Headquartered in New Orleans, SUN is dedicated to combating poverty, discrimination and community deterioration that keep low-income people from taking advantage of their rights and opportunities, according to its website.
On – 01 Feb, 2018 By
Congress needs to finish the job of repealing and replacing Obamacare in 2018, Sen. Ted Cruz says.
Republicans in Congress last year failed to craft a comprehensive repeal-and-replace bill for Obamacare that both the House and the Senate could agree on.
“I think we got very close last time, and that’s something I’m continuing to devote a lot of time [to], trying to unite our fractious conference and build consensus, to get at least 50 Republicans on the same page,” Cruz, R-Texas, told the Washington Examiner this week.
The Texas senator says he has taken the time to sit down with Republicans who voted against the previous attempt to repeal Obamacare and is optimistic new legislation will pass.
Cruz is committed to the issue because he thinks the Republican Party needs to use the repeal-and-replace bill as a “last reconciliation” before the midterm elections in November. Cruz aims to get a bill passed with just 51 votes, getting around a Democratic filibuster.
Getting rid of Obamacare’s individual mandate was a great victory en route to repealing the law, he said, but it’s not enough.
“Since most of Obamacare remains the law, millions of Americans continue to suffer under Obamacare’s framework, with soaring health insurance costs and reduced choices. Many find that their health premiums cost more than their monthly housing costs,” said Marie Fishpaw, director of domestic policy at The Heritage Foundation. “It’s imperative that Congress undo Obamacare’s damage and ensure Americans have better choices for coverage options at more affordable prices.”
“To meet these goals, conservatives stand ready to offer solutions as described in a recent open letter from 13 conservative leaders,” she added.
Republicans have made the repeal and replacement of Obamacare a key campaign promise to voters for seven years now, Cruz said.
He said he supports a health care bill that starts small and builds up, instead of one that packs a lot of different, partisan ideas into it.
Cruz said the way to kick-start such a bill would be to begin by lowering premiums.
“I think lowering premiums is a win-win for everybody. It’s a win for conservatives, a win for moderates. The No. 1 reason people despise Obamacare is that premiums have skyrocketed,” he said.
It’s not going to be easy to get 50 votes, Cruz concedes, but adds that his fellow Republicans need to follow through on their promises as the midterm elections approach.
On – 26 Jan, 2018 By Chrissy Clark