Investigator: Obamacare 'Navigators' Urge Clients to Lie

Tuesday, 12 Nov 2013 05:47 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Videographer James O'Keefe has released a new undercover investigation that focuses on  "navigators" who are helping Americans sign up for Obamacare, releasing a video that shows government workers advising clients to lie, ignore procedures, and evade legal requirements when signing up for healthcare.

O'Keefe's claims to fame include a video that helped bring down ACORN,  a community organizing group for which President Barack Obama worked when he was a lawyer, and making videos exposing NPR's Ron Schiller courting a pro-Muslim group by disparaging Christians, Jews, Republicans, and the tea party.

This time around, The National Review reports, O'Keefe's undercover investigators aimed at a Texas navigator site run by the National Urban League, which was paid $376,000 by the federal government for its Obamacare outreach.

One of O'Keefe's "Project Veritas" workers posed as a person seeking healthcare who tells the navigator that sometimes he smokes.

"You lie, because your premiums will be higher," the navigator tells him. "Don't tell them that. Don't tell 'em."

In another case, O'Keefe's undercover investigator poses as a low-income university worker with unreported cash income on the side. The navigator tells him, "Don't get yourself in trouble by declaring it now," while another one says "never report it."

O'Keefe's crew also visited Enroll America, a nonprofit with a grass-roots campaign to help people sign up for insurance. While Daniel Clayton of Enroll America says the group is "purely nonprofit; it's not partisan, nonpolitical," at a speaking engagement the group is described as being "the official group for the Democratic National Committee."

Enroll America, O'Keefe reported, is working with a political group, Battleground Texas, which is prohibited.

O'Keefe said the current video will not be his last, with upcoming videos exposing more aspects of the navigator program, including how many navigators were hired without background checks.

In addition, some of the navigators are working for Local 100 United Labor Unions, which is run by ACORN founder Wade Rathke, The National Review reports.

O'Keefe's videos are sparking calls for the government to immediately stop the navigator program, The Dallas Morning News reports.

"We're seeing reports that navigators are encouraging the people they are supposed to help to lie," Republican Texas Sen. John Cornyn said. "This behavior is unacceptable and is yet another broken piece of a deeply flawed system."

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