More ObamaCare navigator fraud uncovered in Texas
As promised, the undercover filmmakers at Project Veritas have released another video showing ObamaCare navigators across the state of Texas engaged in fraud, counseling applicants to lie about their income and lifestyle choices to score higher subsidies and lower premiums:
I thought the Veritas gang might be having just a little bit too much fun with their cowboy framing device, which is going to lead detractors to insist their work should not be taken seriously… but it is being taken very seriously indeed. One navigator was fired, and three others suspended, after the first Project Veritas expose was released. And the Daily Caller reports that a challenge to the tax-exempt status of one group has been raised, thanks to James O’Keefe’s videos:
O’Keefe captured an official for Enroll America, for which Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitted to fundraising, being introduced at an event as “the official group for the DNC.” O’Keefe’s work also revealed that Enroll America might be working with the political action committee Battleground Texas, possibly sharing mined data between the two groups.
O’Keefe’s footage was enough to prompt the legal advocacy group Cause of Action to write a letter to the attorney general of the state of Texas asking for an inquiry into Enroll America’s tax-exempt status.
“There may be violations of Texas law as well, including but not limited to: the state False Claims Act; conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud; and consumer fraud,” according to the letter.
“You may wish to evaluate whether entities such as Enroll America and Battleground Texas are adhering to both state and federal law regarding 501(c)(3) nonprofits and 527 political action committees. Any violations of the Internal Revenue Code may be referred to the Department of Justice or the Internal Revenue Service. Moreover, Texas has the oversight capability to ensure that federal funds are used in a transparent, accountable, and legally compliant manner,” according to the letter.
Sebelius is already the subject of a government ethics investigation for using her influence to encourage the insurance companies she regulates to make donations to Enroll America. Shining a light on these very cozy arrangements might result in even more fallout than exposing the ObamaCare navigators who encourage people to lie on their paperwork.