Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, November 12, 2013
Lying is the general rule of thumb for Obamacare navigators, as it seems that many of them are encouraging prospective applicants to lie about their income and commit fraud on their health insurance applications.
That’s the gist of the latest web video by Project Veritas, the non-profit organization set up by activist James O’Keefe “to investigate and expose corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud and other misconduct” to achieve a more ethical and transparent society.
In the video, entitled “Exposed: Obamacare Fraud Committed on Camera,” O’Keefe and his team go behind-the-scenes at the National Urban League’s Dallas and Irving, Texas offices, where they learned the navigators had been counseling applicants to lie about their income and deceive the Internal Revenue Service, commit fraud on applications by not reporting full health history and more.
“This investigation shows just how vulnerable Obamacare is to fraud,” O’Keefe said in a press release Tuesday. “Taxpayers lose billions due to Medicare fraud and there is a clear possibility of billions more being wasted under a government-run health care system costing taxpayers $1.7 trillion.”
In one case, a navigator identified as “Mrs. Dorothy” tells Project Veritas’ investigator that it’s ok to not report their full income if they haven’t been doing so in the past.
“You’re supposed to file a percentage of it,” “Mrs. Dorothy” says. “Don’t get yourself in trouble by declaring it now.”
Another navigator encourages the investigator to lie about their smoking habits.
“They have — I don’t know where it said it says something about if you smoke or something like that, but I don’t really smoke,” the Project Veritas investigator says.
“You lie because your premiums will be higher,” an Obamacare navigator “assistant” replies, who later acknowledges that she “always lies” on her forms about being a smoker.
“Don’t tell them that,” Obamacare navigator “Sabrina Hill” chimes in.
The NUL released a statement Tuesday in which it announced that it fired the navigator assistant and will consider “decertifiying” the other three navigators caught on film. In the statement, the NUL said that it “does not condone, nor would we ever sanction, misleading the public or any individual who seeks our assistance about any issue, and particularly in this case, an issue as critical as health care.”
Watch the video below.