Hidden video exposes Obamacare navigators

Project Veritas is based on Texas, clearly. (Image taken from YouTube video)

Project Veritas is based in Texas. (Image from YouTube video)

Project Veritas has Paul Bunyan’s ax to grind, but they do release some interesting videos.

A recently released hidden camera video is highly edited, but appears to show an Obamacare “navigator” in Texas telling a man to lie about smoking so he can get cheaper premiums.

Navigators are workers hired with federal grant money to assist the public in signing up for healthcare required by the Affordable Care Act.

One employee has been fired and three suspended after that video went public, reports a Dallas TV station.

A second video by Project Veritas features cheesy cowboys, but appears to show multiple navigators telling people to not report some income on their taxes so they are eligible for lower insurance premiums.

“Try to get the number as low as you can so you can qualify for more aid,” says one navigator on hidden video.

Another navigator expresses frustration that he has been unable to successfully log onto the HealthCare.gov website and register himself or anyone else.

So how trustworthy are these navigators?

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius why the federal government did not require navigators, who have access to personal info like Social Security numbers, pass background checks.

She said “At this point, I think if that’s the will of Congress we would certainly take a look at that.”

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) got Sebelius to admit navigators may be felons.

“So a convicted felon could be a navigator and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual unbeknownst to them?” asked Cornyn.

“That is possible,” said Sebelius.

NewsHounds, which calls Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe a “discredited slimebucket” for trying to “seduce and humiliate” a CNN reporter on hidden video, says Fox News “forgot accountability” when reporting on the videos.

Have you had any interaction with a navigator? What was your impression?

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32 comments Add your comment

Fletch

November 15th, 2013
9:58 am

First? There are dozens of these videos. Just like ACORN (and run by many former leaders of ACORN) they advise people to defraud the gov and taxpayers to advance their socialist agenda. Liberal logic – it is fine to break the law and trample the rights of others if you think your cause is right.

Fletch

November 15th, 2013
10:10 am

The website and low signups – while getting most of the attention – are the least of our problems. His “fix” proposed isn’t actually legal without an alteration of the law. This administration doesn’t really care about enforcing or honoring laws if it doesn’t fit the agenda. Very dangerous and sad.

Sure they call O’Keefe a ’scumbucket’ (very mature, btw) but only because he has exposed them so poignantly and repeatedly in the past. Nothing he has done is illegal or immoral – attacking the whistle blower is just insane. How dare someone expose fraud and corruption!?!

Reality

November 15th, 2013
10:17 am

Anyone trusting Obama and his Admin to do anything honesty and efficient are stupid ……But that is what you get with LOW INFORMED VOTERS!

Obamacare was WRONG to begin with and now it is in shambles. Next is Immigration Reform and don’t forget about a pact with Iran on nuclear weapons!!! WE, THE PEOPLE, ARE DOOMED IF OBAMA IS NOT STOPPED SOON!

MANGLER

November 15th, 2013
11:17 am

So we’ll trust a comedy website that performs skits?
Mmmk.

Samantha

November 15th, 2013
12:08 pm

Reality YOU NEED to get a dose of it! First of all the Obama Administration DID NOT START The Affordable Health Care Act. Wow it shows you how ignorant you and people like you are. The Republicans started this. Secondly it’s NOT called Obamacare. There is no such thing. It’s THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE you moron!!! Get over the fact that your boy romney lost the election. It’s obvious that you could use a dose of this new healthcare for a psychiatrist! You are a looney toon… Ignorance is bliss..You are proof of that! So just crawl back into your trailor, actually do your research and THEN come back to this page to post your ignorant comment!

Hidden agenda

November 15th, 2013
12:11 pm

Every government program is basically just a giant pile of money, stolen from the productive sector, that sits in the middle of an unguarded table waiting for immoral parasites to come take it all (and then beg for more).

Why should anyone be surprised at these revelations? This crime opportunity was known from the beginning. Obama apologists ignore these truths because of their blind support/faith and because they don’t want to admit their complicity in this crime against America. Bush apologists sat for 8 years doing exactly the same thing about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the non-existent WMDs. This is the destructive mentality that the failed two-party conspiracy has fostered in this country.

One need only look at the weapons procurement process and other activities that make up “defense” spending to find virtually identical abuses of public trust and money. These abuses are held to be sacrosanct to GOP folks because they are all about “supporting the troops” or some other completely spurious bit of logic.

Just over 100 years ago we had a federal government so small that most people’s only interaction with it was the Postal Service. Today, from birth to death, every minute of existence is micromanaged and manipulated by one federal regulation, law, mandate, etc. And this is what passes for “free?”

Jack ®

November 15th, 2013
12:18 pm

I think you hit someone’s last nerve, Reality. You may have to go to sensitivity school.

Jack ®

November 15th, 2013
12:28 pm

The ACA was an integral part of Obamacare.

Hollywould

November 15th, 2013
12:36 pm

Yeah Samantha, I guess my eyes are going as I see the big curtain behind Obama on many occasions saying ” Obamacare”. Wake up/ they had 4 years to implement it and basically choked.

LydiasDad

November 15th, 2013
12:59 pm

Saddest part is that there are still Democrats who support this guys. There are a lot of idiots in this country.

General Robert E. Lee

November 15th, 2013
1:00 pm

Samantha, obviously you are upset because you have been duped by this modern day snake oil salesman. Obamacare is Obama’s baby and nobody else’s. Republicans did not start this, but we will end it. Don’t worry, you still get to say that America elected a black president…..he tried to systematically destroy this country, but he was still black. By the way, ten can’t run a Mcdonalds efficiently what makes you think one can run a country?

ProudACLU

November 15th, 2013
1:09 pm

The American people demand that the US be run as a socialist nation. Capitalism is not in the constitution and many parts of it are outright unconstitutional. Socialism has a proven success record in many European countries – despite the bleats from the right that it has never worked anywhere. What has NEVER been attempted is 100% Free Market economy and for good reason!

AtlSteve

November 15th, 2013
1:27 pm

Sounds exactly like the workers from ACORN. And now it’s sounds like they’ve added felons to their ranks. I would just love to give them my personal info.

Patrick

November 15th, 2013
1:44 pm

One of the polls yesterday from a major news network showed the majority of whites and hispanics not approving of ObamadontCare. Yet, 75% of blacks still support it. Anybody know how that’s possible, and the real reason why? One major news analyst danced all around it last night, refusing to say it, but I think we all know why, now don’t we?

Zack

November 15th, 2013
1:47 pm

Wow Samantha, maybe YOU should go back to YOUR trailer and stop posting ignorant comments. Just how bad does it have to get before this guy admits he’s a liar and this is possibly the worst bill ever passed? You, my friend, are a blind loyalist.

Bernie31

November 15th, 2013
1:56 pm

Pharaoh, Pontius Pilate and Adolph Hitler ALL had their supporters too! ALL did not Have the Best interest and welfare of their citizenry in Mind as well.

Just as the Villainous actions of the TeaBillies and Republican Losers will not Last or succeed with this ACT of Treachery.

ed

November 15th, 2013
2:01 pm

When will you republicans ever learn that your party is pretty much worthless? Get rid of the tea party nuts and show america you have some balls! You might win an election then.

AtlSteve

November 15th, 2013
2:07 pm

When will you liberals ever realize that you have been duped.

stats

November 15th, 2013
3:41 pm

Funny how it’s ok to ship buckets of government money to rich baseball team owners in New Jersey, but let a few crooks try to defraud some government program that, by and large, will honestly help people, and the name calling begins. I think it’s because the people who get the most upset are so close to being dirt poor themselves, they worry that some other poor person will get an unfair advantage by ripping off the government; however, when it comes to giving billionaires government money, the Tea Party (and its kind) are so in awe of their betters, they’re happy to contribute.

Hidden agenda

November 15th, 2013
4:14 pm

Stats – I guess it makes you feel better to throw around the Tea Party name and insinuations that you know nothing about, but in reality, there are millions of people in this country that are as equally disgusted with the welfare going to undeserving parasites via direct handouts as they are welfare going to big businesses in the military hardware industries, the prison-industrial complex, the agriculture industry, the pharmaceutical industry, etc.

Sadly the failed two-party system has achieved its intended purpose. It has pitted americans against each other instead of giving them a vehicle to join forces to oppose our mutual enemy in government.

The use of the vehicle of government power to steal from one group/individual to give to another is just as immoral as if the crime were committed by an individual.

East Cobb Parent

November 15th, 2013
4:24 pm

Proud ACLU – Socialism has a proven track record in Europe? Have you ever lived in Europe? I have lived in Germany for a large portion of my life. So based on that I assuming you are suggesting:
• Cutting Corporate Tax rates in half (to pay for unions and prevent outsourcing)
• Raising Individual Tax rates to an average of 41% (not just for the wealthy)
• Maxing out unemployment at 12 months with additional time provided only to those over 50 -(sorry if you can’t find a job in that amount of time)
• Cutting Welfare benefits and making those on the program enter into a contract with the state (enforceable by law) that they will take any job that becomes available. People on the program are monitored and removed or payments decreased if found to not be actively seeking work.

Bumper

November 15th, 2013
4:47 pm

Being a radical middle of the roader, Bumper has tried to give President Obama the benefit of the doubt up to this point but stories like this one have finally led me to believe that is incompetent. He is the black Jimmy Carter.

KevinM

November 15th, 2013
9:48 pm

When can we get back to seeing the administration making line dance videos? Those were the good days!

Oh, and more of those Obamacare young people ads about getting guys in the sheets….we need more common sense ads like that.

Cherokee

November 15th, 2013
11:42 pm

I understand, Mr. Mathis, that you look for edgy, out of the mainstream stories.

But anyone who pays any attention at all to anything that James O’Keefe does is truly an ignorant soul. The little creep defines cowardice and dishonesty.

From Widipedia:

“both legal authorities and journalists have found O’Keefe has “selectively,” “heavily,” or “deceptively” edited secretly recorded videos to leave a false impression and present the subjects in the worst possible light.”

TReamon

November 16th, 2013
7:59 am

How sad for the confederates. Nothing you try to doctor up will work. This is yet another pathetic attempt to make the current administration as shady and corrupt as the previous one. Nope. Not gonna happen. You can keep trying though. Its quite amusing. Its a shame these backwoods inbreds fall for the same okey-doke but that’s been happening since the days of the overseer believing one day he too would be a plantation owner.

Charles

November 16th, 2013
10:42 am

Samantha, I know it makes you feel powerful when you go on a rant throwing verbal bombs at anyone who does not see it your way. Do a little research and you might find that the law in question is called the Affordable Care Act. Also, they are Looney Tunes not Looney Toons. I suspect that the problems reported on the roll-out of the enrollment mechanisms is just the tip of the tip of the iceberg.

double

November 16th, 2013
12:31 pm

Who would of thunk it.Hire repugs to man the fort.

Waheema

November 16th, 2013
3:56 pm

The louder they are the dumber they are and Samantha is loud.

crabbyjacket

November 16th, 2013
8:13 pm

Samantha,
Google “Obama embraces Obamacare label”.

Mayor Kasim Reed

November 17th, 2013
10:05 am

How did we ever make it to the moon? How low of a country we have sunk.

dismuke

November 17th, 2013
1:05 pm

George Mathis should be ashamed of himself for reporting this as news. Project Veritas is extremely ironically named, as their videos have nothing to do with truth. Their videos are extensively edited to make their targets look as foolish as possible. This is widely known, and yet here this garbage is on the ajc website, with the usual cadre of gullible goobers chiming in.

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