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Obama-Care ‘Navigators’ Get Another $13 Million

From The Hill:

Officials add millions of dollars to ObamaCare enrollment drive

By Sam Baker | August 15, 2013 

The Obama administration added millions of dollars to ObamaCare’s enrollment push Thursday, a surprise move designed to help bolster participation in new insurance plans.

The Health and Human Services Department (HHS) announced $67 million in funding for “navigators,” which are people and community groups who will help people make sense of their options under the healthcare law.

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.

“Navigators will be among the many resources available to help consumers understand their coverage options in the marketplace,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a press release. “A network of volunteers on the ground in every state — health care providers, business leaders, faith leaders, community groups, advocates, and local elected officials — can help spread the word and encourage their neighbors to get enrolled.”

All told, more than 100 organizations in 34 states received grants on Thursday…

Is this that civilian army that Obama promised us? You can bet that they are going to be the same people who worked for ACORN and Occupy Wall Street, and who currently work for Organizing For America.

Some community organizations will use the money to print brochures and organize informational forums. Other recipients will promote enrollment through food banks and religious centers…

Conservatives are likely to criticize HHS for awarding grants Thursday to Planned Parenthood. Three Planned Parenthood branches received navigator grants totaling roughly $655,000…

But Bart Stupak and the rest of us were told that no Obama-Care dollars would ever go to fund abortions.

Thursday’s grant announcements underscored the strategic focus the administration and its allies have adopted as they seek to boost enrollment.

And the Democrats’ chances in the 2014 midterms.

Eleven states received more than $2 million in navigator grants, including all 10 of the states being targeted by Enroll America, a prominent pro-enrollment group with close ties to the White House.

States where the Democrats just happen to have candidates who are vulnerable because of their support for Obama-Care.

Texas was by far the biggest recipient of navigator grants, at nearly $11 million, followed by Florida at roughly $7.9 million. Both states are critical to the success of the enrollment push and, by extension, the healthcare law…

States that the Democrats desperately want to turn blue.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, August 16th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Obama-Care ‘Navigators’ Get Another $13 Million”

  1. Do Not navigate to this address

  2. “….but officials said they pulled an extra $13 million from the healthcare law’s prevention fund….”

    What sequester? Besides, why try to prevent illness when our election is on the line?

  3. Liberals Demise

    Options?
    What options could there possibly be?
    With all those part time jobs out there now, these young
    people won’t be able to pay jack shiite. Point blank.
    You asshat democrats bore this crap. Eat it!


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