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O-Care Canvassers Aren’t Finding Any Uninsured

From the New York Times:

Obama’s Vote-Getting Tactics Struggle to Find the Uninsured

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR | February 18, 2014

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — The hunt for the uninsured in Broward County got underway one recent afternoon when 41 canvassers, armed with electronic maps on Samsung tablets, set off through working-class neighborhoods to peddle the Affordable Care Act door to door. Four hours later, they had made contact with 2,623 residents and signed up exactly 25 people.

Many of their targets, people identified on sophisticated computer lists generated in Washington as unlikely to have health insurance, had moved away.

"Sophisticated computer lists generated in Washington"? Given the headline of this piece, does that mean these are Obama’s voter lists? Is this the Obama databank that Maxine Waters bragged about?

Some were not home. Many said they already had insurance through Medicare, their parents or a job. A few were hostile at the mere mention of President Obama’s health care law. “We’re going to repeal that,” one man said gruffly as he shut the door in the face of a canvasser, Nancy Morwin, 58, a retired social worker.

Such are the limits of microtargeting the uninsured as groups supporting the Obama administration take to the streets on behalf of the president’s most important domestic initiative. The nationwide effort is modeled on Mr. Obama’s successful voter turnout machines in 2008 and 2012, but in this case the task of finding Americans without health insurance and signing them up is a painfully slow grind…

Officials say the labor-intensive targeting program, while frustrating, could eventually add thousands of people to the rolls of the insured.

Why is any of this even necessary? We were told people were dying in the streets because of being uninsured. We were told the uninsured would flock to Obama-Care as soon as it was available.

In reality, this is just a make-work program for ex-Obama campaign workers and their foot soldiers at ACORN and Planned Parenthood and the SEIU, who are getting untold millions of dollars is funneled to them.

The campaign is staffed by organizations deploying thousands of paid and volunteer canvassers across the country. Planned Parenthood, one of the most aggressive groups, has raised millions of dollars for the effort. It is paying about 400 workers like Ms. Morwin $12 an hour…

Lest we forget, Planned Parenthood is a tax exempt 501c3. So it is being subsidized by the US taxpayers. We are helping to pay Ms. Morwin to do this.

Enroll America, a nonprofit group that is trying to expand the health care rolls, has hired 266 people and recruited 14,000 volunteers to not only canvass neighborhoods but also make calls at phone banks and host events at community colleges in 11 states. The group has also spent $7 million to advertise on the Internet.

Enroll America is another tax exempt Democrat front group. So we are helping to provide that $7 million dollars, too.

The canvassers’ lists are derived from data created at Enroll America’s offices in Washington by some of the same computer programmers who churned out the statistical models for Mr. Obama’s presidential campaigns…

“I like to think about it as a compass,” said Matt Saniie, Enroll America’s data specialist and a former member of Mr. Obama’s re-election team. “It gives you a direction.”

Uh huh.

Ryanbo Morales, 27, a Planned Parenthood worker and a former campaign volunteer for Mr. Obama, searched for the uninsured one recent day with the same zeal he brought to looking for voters during the president’s 2012 re-election campaign…

Nicholas Duran, Enroll America’s Florida director, said his group plans to be even more aggressive before the March 31 deadline.

“The intensity is definitely ramping up,” he said, comparing the efforts to reach the uninsured to candidates’ efforts to reach voters. “They are going to hear from us multiple times between now and the end of March until they tell us they have insurance. It’s just like a campaign.”

It’s exactly like a campaign. In fact, practically everyone behind this drive this is a former Obama campaign staffer. And the group running the program, Enroll America, has already been caught in a number of political shenanigans.

From Discover The Networks:

Enroll America

… EA’s president, Anne Filipic, was a senior staffer with the Obama For America campaign in 2008…

[I]n the spring of 2013, controversy was sparked by reports that the EA-affiliated navigators who were helping people fill out healthcare application forms, were simultaneously presenting those applicants with voter-registration forms…

[I]n May 2013, [it was revealed] that Kathleen Sebelius had been actively soliciting, on Enroll America’s behalf, large financial donations from companies in the healthcare field as well as patient advocacy groups, churches, and other charitable organizations—all to help EA’s effort to implement Obamacare.

To create a media campaign that would promote Obamacare to the American public as effectively as possible, EA hired Lake Research, a political strategy firm which has also been commissioned for message-management by such high-profile organizations as ACORN, MoveOn.org, and the National Council of La Raza, as well as by 39 members of Congress, all Democrats.

In late November 2013, EA announced that it was severing all ties to its state communications lead, Christopher Tarango, when the latter was caught illegally engaging in covert political activity—which members of 501(c)(3) nonprofits are barred from doing. Specifically, Tarango had conspired to provide a list of potential Obamacare enrollees—obtained via the “commit cards” that EA was distributing door-to-door to help people select health-insurance plans—to an undercover investigator with James O’Keefe of Project Veritas, who was posing as the representative of a political action committee.

EA’s advisory council is composed of more than 50 organizations, including the AARP, Health Care for America Now, MomsRising, the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, the National Urban League, Planned Parenthood, the Service Employees International Union, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, and the Young Invincibles.

What a shock, huh? And we get to pay for it.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “O-Care Canvassers Aren’t Finding Any Uninsured”

  1. O-Care criminals couldn’t find their own ass with both hands and a roadmap .. and that’s being generous.

    Meet the O-Care Canvassers .. http://goo.gl/aOQZEg


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