Last week I challenged media and basically anyone willing to do it to dig into what the Obamacare Navigators are up to here in Georgia. Since then George Mathis in the AJC filed this report, and I was contacted by one of the leaders of an affiliate organization involved in hiring and managing Navigators. When I meet with them I’ll let you know how it goes and give them a chance to provide their side of the story.
Yesterday we received to the tip line a link to a detailed post written by a reader about some of the organizations involved in the Navigator program here in Georgia. Here’s a bit of it, but be sure to read the entire post.
…On the other hand, SEEDCO, which recently received $2.2 million from the Department of Health and Human Services to provide navigators in Georgia, has an extremely troubling record of padding claims about numbers of clients served. How troubling? The New York Times actually went after them; the federal government actually filed charges against them, and they were actually found guilty of those charges, something that happens to big nonprofits wasting/stealing tax dollars about as frequently as the moon turns to blue cheese. Luckily for SEEDCO and their extremely well remunerated CEO, Barbara Dwyer Gunn, the feds settled on the hilarious punishment that they must pay back a fraction of the taxpayer money they fraudulently pocketed and agree to actually follow, you know, laws from now on.
So Georgia Watch is a big cheerleader for Obamacare. Why is this a problem? Well, for one thing, they have Kaiser Permanente on their board, and if that doesn’t scream “conflict of interest,” I don’t know if those words mean anything at all. Now, it’s fine to have Kaiser (and the AARP) on your board, but don’t then pretend you don’t have skin in the game.
These “champions of Georgia consumers” have also been silent on Obamacare’s negative effects on consumers.
When Georgia Watch goes after Georgia Power or some of the other industries they monitor, they apply a very different set of standards than the ones they practice themselves. I have no particular love for Georgia Power or any other company that engages in crony capitalism while monopolizing a service I must purchase, but I also see no difference between Georgia Power profiting from their government monopoly in energy and Kaiser Permanente profiting from their new government monopoly in healthcare (yes, it’s essentially a single-payer monopoly they divvy up with other big healthcare insurers — all the worst aspects of our old system and the worst aspects of socialized medicine, rolled up into one).
Thank you Tina Trent for putting this together and sending to us.