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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