ObamaCare “navigators” get $67 million without delay

posted at 9:21 am on August 16, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The Obama administration has awarded $67 million to fund its ObamaCare “navigators,” the contractors who will receive training (but not background checks, apparently) to assist Americans in putting their private data into the ACA exchanges for health insurance.  Thirteen state attorneys have already expressed considerable alarm at the issue of data security in the exchanges, but for now it’s full speed ahead:

After several months of delays, the Obama administration awarded $67 million on Thursday to fund an army of outreach and enrollment workers known as “navigators,” who will help people sign up for coverage on the new state health insurance marketplaces beginning Oct. 1.

With less than seven weeks to go before the marketplaces start enrolling people in Obamacare for 2014, more than 100 navigator programs will be on a tight schedule to assemble, train and dispatch workers throughout the 34 states that will have federally run marketplaces. The 16 states that run their own marketplaces fund their own navigator programs.

As employees of universities, social service agencies, hospitals, advocacy groups, private businesses and other organizations, navigators will work with consumers to answer questions and provide unbiased information that allows people to choose health plans that fit their needs. By law, navigators cannot receive any financial compensation from insurers.

Originally, the navigator program was only supposed to get $54 million.  The extra $13 million came in a “surprise move,” The Hill reports:

HHS had initially said navigators would receive $54 million in grants, but officials said they pulled an extra $13 million from the healthcare law’s prevention fund to help broaden the reach of the program. …

Timothy Jost, a law professor at Washington and Lee University and a supporter of the healthcare law, said the extra funding provided by HHS is helpful but still falls short of what some states are spending on their outreach efforts.

“It’s nice to have a little more money, because these people have an awfully big job ahead of them,” Jost said. “But it’s still not what’s needed.”

Ironically, as both The Hill and John Fund point out, the extra cash comes from a fund that is supposed to be used for disease prevention.  Remember when the sequester’s cuts were supposed to damage public health, and the White House was powerless to shift funds around to address priorities?  When it comes to addressing the President’s priorities, it’s amazing to see how flexible and innovative the Obama administration can be, huh?

By the way, who gets this extra largesse? Three guesses, emphasis mine:

Groups receiving navigator funds include United Way programs, the Urban League, Mental Health America, the National Hispanic Council on Aging, and various universities and Planned Parenthood groups.

Remember when Barack Obama told Planned Parenthood “God bless you“? If God won’t, then Obama will — with our money.


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Ain’t no thang…jus spreadin’ some wealth around…

coldwarrior on August 16, 2013 at 9:24 AM

the extra cash comes from a fund that is supposed to be used for disease prevention.

For all the stupid progressives out there, this means that obozo doesn’t care AT ALL about your health, he only cares about HIS IMAGE. If you think obozo cares about the little guy, or this law is about health you are an idiot.

Flange on August 16, 2013 at 9:26 AM

The length’s this crooked thug will go to, to plow forward with this healthcare cluster, are revolting. I really never imagined “disliking” a politician as much as I “dislike” this idiot.

BettyRuth on August 16, 2013 at 9:28 AM

If we could get everyone to say “uncle” at the same time, maybe it would end.

Akzed on August 16, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Akzed on August 16, 2013 at 9:28 AM

We need to get the terrorists to chatter about it, then obozo would shut it down.

Flange on August 16, 2013 at 9:30 AM

ObamaCare “navigators” get $67 million without delay

No irony there. /

Resist We Much on August 16, 2013 at 9:31 AM

So they’ve got $13 million extra dollars to implement this catastrophe but can’t find any money in the sofa cushions for White House tours.

Got it.

Bitter Clinger on August 16, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Damn good thing Congress has hold of the purse strings, it’s just too bad they’re no longer attached to the purse.

antipc on August 16, 2013 at 9:33 AM

ObamaCare “navigators” get $67 million without delay

What a scam. Take a little training, you have a job doing basically nothing. And you have no one to please, no benchmarks or goals to meet. It’s a government job! Arrive late, leave early, act as bored as you possibly can be. Shoot the breeze, BS. It’s government money. Don’t worry about it!

Paul-Cincy on August 16, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Figures the priority is to create more leeches who will reliably vote dumb-ocrat

gsherin on August 16, 2013 at 9:34 AM

New day, same old story.

Deano1952 on August 16, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Bitter Clinger on August 16, 2013 at 9:32 AM

They didn’t find $13 million, they took $13 million that was designated to help prevent people from getting sick. Burnishing obozo’s image is more important than disease prevention to this regime of traitors.

Flange on August 16, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Here it comes, ACORN on steroids.

petefrt on August 16, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Once a community organizer always a community organizer.

gwelf on August 16, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Damn good thing Congress has hold of the purse strings, it’s just too bad they’re no longer attached to the purse.

antipc on August 16, 2013 at 9:33 AM

+100

petefrt on August 16, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Remember the good old days, when Congress decided spending questions and the Executive executed the laws?

MTF on August 16, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Here it comes, ACORN on steroids.

petefrt on August 16, 2013 at 9:36 AM

+1

We’ve entered the era of government officially funding and supporting the Democrat party and bureaucracies dedicated to serving narrow political interests rather than the common good (though this has been true of bureaucracies for a long time).

gwelf on August 16, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Just who still thinks elections will fix things?

bgibbs1000 on August 16, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Groups receiving navigator funds include United Way programs, the Urban League, Mental Health America, the National Hispanic Council on Aging, and various universities and Planned Parenthood groups, and quite likely CAIR, and various Chezchen mafia immigrant groups.

Don’t worry. Your personal data will be held in the greatest of confidence. Just trust us. We’re doing this all for you.

NOMOBO on August 16, 2013 at 9:46 AM

gwelf on August 16, 2013 at 9:39 AM

According to the Dem Socialist party, their entire platform is for the “common good”, it just never seems to work out that way. Maybe we need another directive, or fifty.

antipc on August 16, 2013 at 9:51 AM

When/if the GOP gets back in, I want to hear the same silence from the left when ACLJ, and pro-life groups are given government money. If the GOP does NOT defund the “enemy” and fund their “team” then we can be certain that they are just more politicians out for themselves, and it is time for a revolution, not just a third party.

Wino on August 16, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Retirees in Enemy Territory Go Door-to-Door on Obamacare

“Margot Lee and Claude Cesard recently went door-to-door to pitch the health law’s benefits. They’re among thousands of supporters mobilized by the nonprofit group Enroll America to encourage the uninsured to sign up for the Affordable Care Act’s new health plans, one household at a time…”

Akzed on August 16, 2013 at 9:53 AM

What is most interesting is the VERY LARGE grant $5.9 mil)- in proportion to ALL grants in the country- to the Tarrant County United Way group in Texas. Tarrant is hardy the largest population of uninsured or the largest center of need for this. To receive a twelfth of the money awarded NATIONALLY?? A REAL reporter might actually investigate such a situation. Who- or what- is getting paid off here? Is this something for Wendy Davis? http://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Programs-and-Initiatives/Health-Insurance-Marketplaces/Downloads/navigator-list-8-15-2013.pdf

michaelo on August 16, 2013 at 9:56 AM

‘I am not a Crook’

And y’all can suck on it.

BigWyo on August 16, 2013 at 10:00 AM

navigators = grim reapers outside of Beltway-speak.

Palin was right on Fannie and Freddie, Drill Baby Drill and Death Panels.

viking01 on August 16, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Ironically, as both The Hill and John Fund point out, the extra cash comes from a fund that is supposed to be used for disease prevention. Remember when the sequester’s cuts were supposed to damage public health, and the White House was powerless to shift funds around to address priorities? When it comes to addressing the President’s priorities, it’s amazing to see how flexible and innovative the Obama administration can be, huh?

I suspect we’ll see a lot more of this the more government gets it’s hands in healthcare. Money “meant” for some original “good” purpose will be diverted to prop up political allies and the well connected. Just like with Porkulus which with all it’s promise of “infrastructure investment” went largely to saving unionized state workers.

gwelf on August 16, 2013 at 10:04 AM

“It’s nice to have a little more money, because these people have an awfully big job ahead of them,” Jost said. “But it’s still not what’s needed.”

It’s never enough for these people. Even getting almost 25% more money than is in the law passed by Congress and signed by Obama, they are still complaining.

Johnnyreb on August 16, 2013 at 10:04 AM

According to the Dem Socialist party, their entire platform is for the “common good”, it just never seems to work out that way. Maybe we need another directive, or fifty.

antipc on August 16, 2013 at 9:51 AM

It’s those dastardly conservatives and extremist tea partiers (though I’m not sure what conservatives have had to do with solid liberal voting blocks in inner cities which have only seen their condition worsen over decades of total Democrat rule).

gwelf on August 16, 2013 at 10:06 AM

This is what happens when you keep signing CR’s, you really have no control over money. The Republicans want to make an issue out of Obama being a rogue administrator, yet they’re the ones making it all possible. The HOuse needs some serious leadership overhaul. As much as I hated Pelosi, she knew what she needed to do and she got it done, unlike Boehner who is, either putting on a show or is inept. The show would be to appear to be doing everything he can, while allowing the Democrats to keep the increased spending they put in before the Republican take-over.

If Boehner had insisted on the budget process, instead of signing CR’s, there wouldn’t be this amount of extra money floating around.

bflat879 on August 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM

navigators = grim reapers outside of Beltway-speak.

Palin was right on Fannie and Freddie, Drill Baby Drill and Death Panels.

viking01 on August 16, 2013 at 10:03 AM

The navigators aren’t the death panels. The navigators are the “grass roots” political agitators and community organizers. They’ll make sure you know that anything a conservative proposes will cause you to die of cancer and that it’s important you show solidarity with the liberal cause.

gwelf on August 16, 2013 at 10:08 AM

To me, whether they are Barky’s public relations team or Adolf’s is six of one, half dozen of the other.

Passing out fake white jackets to cheerleaders here or polishing helmets for Nuremberg……all sorts of pathways leading to Triumph of The Will.

viking01 on August 16, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Welcome to the United States of Chicago, where slush funds are always available. When is the House going to actually do something besides running dozens of symbolic votes on defunding? Do they need to go to court every time Obummer acts like a super-legislative branch of government?

theFantom on August 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

This is on top of the unauthorized millions of tax dollars that are going to be paid out now to subsidize the top-grade insurance policies that Capitol Hill staffers get. Obama just pulled that out of his ass too.

And yet the debt clock hasn’t moved in something like 80 days.

Funny that.

AZCoyote on August 16, 2013 at 10:55 AM

This was in the Houston Chronicle.You can play with the numbers.
http://www.webmd.com/health-insurance/insurance-costs/insurance-cost-calculator

docflash on August 16, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Here it comes, ACORN on steroids.

Yup, one big Dem voter registration drive.

On an optimistic note, most of these navigators are criminals, so they will simply abscond with the money and not register anyone.

PattyJ on August 16, 2013 at 11:23 AM

It’s enough to make you think this entire piece of legislation was just a giant con to get some federal dollars to all the “community organizers” who got Obama elected.

rockmom on August 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM

It [the State] has taken on a vast mass of new duties and responsibilities; it has spread out its powers until they penetrate to every act of the citizen, however secret; it has begun to throw around its operations the high dignity and impeccability of a State religion; its agents become a separate and superior caste, with authority to bind and loose, and their thumbs in every pot. But it still remains, as it was in the beginning, the common enemy of all well-disposed, industrious and decent men.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on August 16, 2013 at 11:54 AM

“Obamacare Enrolllment Department, dees ees Peggy, how can I help you?”

Tenwheeler on August 16, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Retirees in Enemy Territory Go Door-to-Door on Obamacare

“Margot Lee and Claude Cesard recently went door-to-door to pitch the health law’s benefits. They’re among thousands of supporters mobilized by the nonprofit group Enroll America to encourage the uninsured to sign up for the Affordable Care Act’s new health plans, one household at a time…”

I DARE them to knock on my door. Oh, wait, they also don’t call me to participate in surveys or polls…. so there’s that.

Tenwheeler on August 16, 2013 at 1:40 PM