Some of the following piece is taken from an article appearing on Breitbart.com, dated Oct. 30, 2013 and written by Matthew Boyle. The full article is available here.
Put aside for a minute the disdain that you probably feel for Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act, or ACA) and its effect on the nation’s health care. Open your mind to what I’m about to expose about another nefarious device built into Obamacare.
Of course, part of the purpose of the ACA is to move us toward a “single-payer” healthcare system and take control of 1/6 of the nation’s economy, but there is another reason, one that previously has been hidden away in the dark recesses of those 2,700 pages.
Another ACORN voter registration scheme.
Two groups whose primary purpose is election integrity are making that claim.
Gregg Phillips, the founder of Voters Trust along with Catherine Engelbrecht of True the Vote are convinced that all of those promises about healthcare were merely window-dressing. They believe one of the underlying intents of Obamacare is to collect personal data and voter registration information. Once that information is shared with left-wing groups, it becomes essentially a taxpayer-funded Get-Out-The-Vote operation for the Democrat Party.
A report was published earlier this year by Demos, a left-wing organization funded by liberal billionaire George Soros, titled: “Building a Healthy Democracy: Registering 68 Million People to Vote through Health Benefit Exchanges.”
NOTE: I had included a link to the Demos piece yesterday, but today it no longer works so I had to remove it, sorry. I guess they didn’t want the public to read it.
On page six of the report, author Lisa Danetz argues that Obamacare “will enroll 68 million individuals.”
On page seven of the Demos report, Danetz ties Obamacare back to the 1993 passage of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), colloquially known as “Motor Voter” because it is the law that allowed voter registration at places like the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
“Successfully integrating the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) voter registration requirements into the ACA enrollment process will mean millions of additional low-income people will get the opportunity to register to vote and thus to participate in our political process.”
“Approximately 68 million individuals, most of them low-income, will eventually enroll in subsidized health care under the law.”
“Over time, more than a quarter of the entire U.S. population will be reached through ACA programs. Because the requirement to register to vote is a barrier to political participation for many eligible citizens, facilitating voter registration as part of the ACA enrollment process can help to increase the level of political participation, especially among low-income citizens.”
Fifteen of the 17 states are operating their own Health Benefit Exchanges as well as the District of Columbia. Seven states have opted for so-called “partnership exchanges,” and 26 states have decided to become a part of the federal exchange.
“Under the NVRA, Health Benefit Exchanges are entities that administer public assistance, and, as such, are required to incorporate voter registration services into operation of Insurance Affordability Programs,” she writes.
Throughout the rest of the report, Danetz lays out the nuts and bolts of how the left plans to use Obamacare as a voter registration tool.
Under Obamacare, exchanges must provide several types of assistance to persons while filling out applications for health insurance (and voter registration). The people providing this assistance are called “navigators.”
Navigator services will include distribution of voter registration forms, assistance in completing voter registration applications, and transmittal of filled-out voter registration applications to the appropriate state agencies.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced recently that 105 groups nationwide will receive federal grants totaling $67 million under the Affordable Care Act to serve as navigators for the insurance exchanges
In California, for example, $673 million in federal money will be utilized to deploy 21,000 navigators to sign up people for the exchange. Reports indicate that each navigator will receive $58 for every person they sign up.
Here’s another example: In New Orleans, a group formed from the ruins of ACORN is hard at work signing people up for ObamaCare, despite Congress’ efforts to cut the organization and its affiliates off from government funding.
The United Labor Unions Council Local 100, a New Orleans-based nonprofit, announced last month it would take part in a three-state “navigator” drive to help people enroll in President Obama’s health care plan. The labor council was established by ACORN founder Wade Rathke after ACORN was broken up amid scandal in 2009. Rathke still remains as Chief Organizer of Acorn International, L.L.C. and it should also be noted that he also founded Local 100 of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in New Orleans.
Anyone familiar with ACORN will recognize the name, Wade Rathke. If you’re not familiar with him, I invite you to check him out here – he is a Barack Obama-lite, a white community organizer, and every bit as liberal.
It was not clear if Local 100 got a grant of its own, but it has set up a help center with Southern United Neighborhoods (SUN), a charity founded in March 2010 with many former ACORN members, to help enroll people in ObamaCare. So far, Southern United Neighborhoods has received a Navigator grant of $486,123.
When asked about her qualifications, one New Orleans navigator working for Southern United Neighborhoods stated that she had spent as much as 15 hours training on the Internet and she had a manual to which she could refer, if necessary. She was tasked with going door-to-door in New Orleans Ninth Ward – the Lower Ninth being a predominately African-American area of the city.
So who is apt to compete for that $67 million dollar “windfall”? All of the “organizing” groups in the country (like re-named ACORNs) will be moving to “get their share” of the Obama-money.
How about another interesting, related “coincidence”? A ban on funding ACORN-related groups was mysteriously dropped from the key Health and Human Services appropriations bill in the most recent Continuing Resolution that Congress passed to fund the government.
There appears to be little oversight as to who gets Navigator grants and a hungry ACORN, once yanked away, is rushing to latch onto another fat government teat.
I’ll close with a question:
What percentage of new voters signed up via these helpful Obamacare navigators will be expected to vote democrat?