Monday guerrilla videographer James O’Keefe released a video showing Affordable Care Act Navigators in Texas telling someone to lie on his health insurance application, not to disclose his actual income, and not admit he is a smoker in order to save money on his premium. The video also shows that the Navigators share information with left-wing political group Battleground Texas. The purpose of the information sharing was to “turn Texas blue.”
Three of the people shown in the video were suspended and one was fired yesterday, and I’m sure they are hoping the story goes away now. However, O’Keefe has said he has more and will be sharing it soon.
Here in Georgia, two groups were given federal grants to train and hire Navigators:
SEEDCO (Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation) will receive nearly $2.2 million, and the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences and Cooperative Extension Service will get nearly $1.7 million.
SEEDCO in turn partnered with 14(!) other organizations to hire and train Navigators here in Georgia:
The organization — which also will operate navigator programs in Tennessee, Maryland and New York — will work with 14 community partner organizations in Georgia, including Georgians for a Healthy Future, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition, Georgia Watch, and Mental Health America of Georgia.
We don’t know with whom the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences and Cooperative Extension Service is partnering with, if anyone.
Here’s my challenge to anyone in the media or some aspiring journalist or filmmaker out there: Investigate Georgia’s Navigators and the myriad of organizations involved in the Navigator program. Let us know if the outrageous behavior seen in Texas is happening here in Georgia. Peach Pundit will be more than happy to provide an outlet for the results of your investigation – good, bad, or ugly. When you have something, send it to the Tip Line, or email me directly at buzzbrockway-at-gmail.com.
Whether you support the ACA or not, the stated goal of the program is to help people without health care to get it and to help everyone else get better insurance. It is not supposed to be a venue for fraud, nor is it supposed to be a gigantic tax-payer funded vote getting operation for Democrats. The public deserves better than that, and they need to know public money is being spent legally.