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#993709 Oct 2, 2013
Navigator Dress Code: Hoodie with Ass Crack Showing
Experience: Community organizers, ACORN a plus
Knowledge: Fluent in illegal alien, English not required
Special Skills: Selling personal information and stealing social security numbers
Welcome to ObamaWreck! Americans nationwide spent Tuesday struggling with the much-hyped "Affordable Care Act" health insurance exchanges.
Server meltdowns, error messages and security glitches plagued the federal and state government websites as open enrollment began.
But when taxpayers discover exactly WHO will be navigating them through the bureaucratic maze, they may be glad they didn't get through.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius controls a $54 million slush fund to hire thousands of "navigators," "in-person assisters" and counselors, who are now propagandizing and recruiting Obamacare recipients into the government-run exchanges.
The Nanny State navigator corps is a serious threat to Americans' privacy. BACKGROUND CHECKS AND TRAINING REQUIREMENTS ARE MINIMAL TO NONEXISTENT. A HISTORY OF FRAUD IS NO BARRIER TO ENTRY.
Case in point: the seedy nonprofit Seedco. This community-organizing group snagged lucrative multimillion-dollar navigator contracts in Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee and New York.
The New York Post reports this week that the outfit "is partnering with dozens of agencies, such as the Gay Men's Health Crisis, Food Bank for New York City and the Chinese American Planning Council, in each of (the Big Apple's) five boroughs."
They'll have access to potential enrollees' income levels, birthdates, addresses, eligibility for government assistance, Social Security numbers and intensely personal medical information.
Given the enormous responsibility to handle sensitive data in a careful, neutral manner, combined with the overwhelming pressure to boost Obamacare enrollments, YOU'D THINK the feds would only choose navigators with the most impeccable records. Yet, less than a year ago, Seedco agreed to settle a civil fraud lawsuit "for faking at least 1,400 of 6,500 job placements under a $22.2 million federally funded contract with the city."
Seedco's corrupt behavior went far beyond defrauding taxpayers through abuse of New York City programs, federal Labor Department funding and federal stimulus dollars.
Seedco (which stands for "Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation") tried to destroy and defame whistleblowing official Bill Harper, who discovered and reported the rampant falsification of data.
First, Seedco denied the charges;
next, they trashed Harper's reputation in the pages of The New York Times.
Only after the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan brought suit did the organization acknowledge systemic, repeated wrongdoing.
Seedco forked over a $1.7 million settlement in December 2012. Mere months later, they were racking up federal Obamacare navigator work.
Yet, another example of the inmates running the asylum.
#993710 Oct 2, 2013
The Associated Press
The billionaire who created Beanie Babies is expected to plead guilty when he appears before a federal judge on tax evasion charges.
H. Ty Warner's lawyer has previously said the 69-year-old would enter a guilty plea during Wednesday's arraignment in Chicago as part of an agreement with prosecutors.
#993711 Oct 2, 2013
Lookey Lookey at who is minding the ObamaCare store!
What you like fries with your identity being stolen?
THUGS AS "NAVIGATORS:" NO BACKGROUND CHECK REQUIRED AND IF YOU HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD...NO PROBLEMO.
The feds and Seedco assure us that new management is in place. They rearranged some deck chairs, created a new "compliance program" and hired an independent reviewer. But an ethos of by-any-means-necessary book-cooking and a culture of intimidating whistleblowers don't disappear overnight. Seedco shredded documents for three years to phony up their job placement statistics; city government overseers knew about it. The Nonprofit Quarterly noted that Seedco's fraud was "kind of breathtaking" in its "creativity and illegal audacity," including:
--"Taking credit for a job candidate's prior employment as job placements;
--Reporting job placements when the job candidates remained unemployed;
--Falsifying dates of job placements;
--Using other Seedco programs to collect information on clients in order to falsely report job placements; and
--Reporting job placements for people who were not Seedco clients and had not been placed in their jobs by Seedco."
The feds detailed how Seedco managers would instruct clerical workers to troll Monster.com and Careerbuilder.com for resumes and then "report the employment of individuals sourced from those downloaded resumes as job placements." Other employees exploited their relationships with businesses to "gather information from the businesses' current employees. Seedco then used that information to falsely report that employment as a job placement obtained for the candidate by Seedco, although the individuals had no prior relationship with Seedco and had not been recruited into the job by Seedco."
This entire government-nonprofit alliance rests on dragooning as many people as possible into government programs, including food stamps, CHIP (the federal Children's Health Insurance Program) and now Obamacare. One of Seedco's officials actually said the fraud case "made us a stronger organization." Yes, they actually sold their deliberate number-fudging as an asset instead of a liability. And four states swallowed the pitch whole. The spirit of fraud-stained ACORN and its Nanny State progeny lives.
So, buyers, beware: Obamacare security "glitches" are not just a bug. They're a feature.
#993713 Oct 2, 2013
What really is important to Democrats?....
"More than nine out of every ten employees at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are considered "non-essential" and have been furloughed in the federal government's shutdown."
#993714 Oct 2, 2013
Grampy was there in 1773
#993716 Oct 2, 2013
Republicans Are Losing So Badly They Put Out the Most Pathetic Piece of Propaganda Yet
A rather desperate House Majority Leader Eric Cantor tweeted a picture of (all male) Republicans sitting at a table, lamenting,“We sit ready to negotiate with the Senate.#FairnessForAll”.
Republicans think tweeting a picture of them sitting at a big table will magically erase the 18 times they killed Senate Democrats’ attempts to get budget reconciliation under way.
Republicans are trying to fight back against the results of Tuesday’s polls that show (shocking only to Republicans) that the voters hold Republicans responsible for their actions, including this shutdown. In fact, if the 2014 midterms were held right now, it would be lights out for the GOP’s gerrymandered hold on the House. Losing even when you cheat isn’t a good sign of your party’s health and national viability.
To recap, we are only here because Republicans refused to sit down for budget talks unless they had a hostage, so they delayed talks until they could park our economic recovery on the edge of a cliff and point and snicker as they pushed it forward.
We got here because Republicans refused to negotiate on a budget, which led to the sequester that Republicans love. We are now just trying to get a CR to fund the government for 6 weeks, and Republicans are using it push us over the edge of our fragile recovery.
We are shutdown, and so Republicans took a picture of themselves sitting at a table claiming they are ready to sit down — with a gun to Democrats’ heads. They wouldn’t sit down until they had that hostage pushed over the edge of the cliff.
This is the most pathetic piece of Republican propaganda yet, and that’s saying something. This tops Speaker Boehner’s relentless attempts to appear as if Republicans care about jobs by standing in front of a press wall with the word “JOBS!” screaming at the viewer. This tops Boehner waving around the nearly empty packet with “JOBS” on the front of it. This tops the nearly empty save for the big pictures “budgets” and “ideas” Republicans tout. This tops Republicans using a super big font to fill a nearly empty “plan”.
Republicans are trying desperately to pretend that they are shutting down the government over fairness and equality (still not a good reason to shutdown the government, by the way boys).
The only good news here is that Republicans are avowing a sudden affinity for the value of “equality”. Who’s going to ask them if “equality” applies to women, gays, the poor, union members, African Americans, Hispanics, the middle class…
Listening to Republicans whine about being called terrorists and screeching that they are so ready to sit down and talk now that they have a gun to the head of the economy is as annoying as all manufactured dramas are. This picture of the party of the “suicide caucus” sitting at a table with a hidden gun aimed at us all is hardly soothing. Now they’re whining to boot.
Countdown until one of them falls into hysterics on the floor,“Leave Republicans alone!”
#993717 Oct 2, 2013
What we learn early in life...
Where do these young adults 'learn' that they can go to school and not pay for it...
"e students at for-profit colleges continue to have the highest two-year default rates (13.6 percent), this figure represents a decline from 2009, when 15% of these students were defaulting. Meanwhile, the rate of students who are defaulting at non-profit public and private universities has climbed 3.4 percent and .6 percent, respectively."
#993718 Oct 2, 2013
Obamacare exchanges launch: Big volume, tech hiccups
Observers said that what federal officials called the "extraordinary volume" suggested that the government-run exchanges may well be on track to achieving the Affordable Care Act's goal of providing affordable, comprehensive health coverage to 7 million or more people in 2014. The volume came even though recent surveys showed low overall public awareness of the exchanges' existence and operation.
"They are doing gangbusters," said Chini Krishnan, CEO of the online insurance market GetInsured.com . "They should be very, very happy today. It is awesome news."
#993719 Oct 2, 2013
Can't he just hire the same lawyer that Charlie Tax Evader Rangel always uses?
#993720 Oct 2, 2013
Like I said, Biden was the first one sent home.
I'll bet the White House Chef is still in the kitchen though.
#993721 Oct 2, 2013
What did Pelosi say about no where to make cuts?
"Bureaucrats at tiny federal agency FMCS buy legions of luxuries with purchase cards"
"One federal employee leased a $53,000 take-home car with taxpayer money in apparent defiance of federal regulations and regularly billed the government for service at shops such as BMW of Fairfax."
"Government employees used federal purchase cards to order items such as a $560 Bose stereo and $1,490 for two high-definition televisions that could not be located"
"In two years, the 233-person agency bought at least 38 LCD projectors costing up to $9,500 each"
yep...no where left to make cuts in spending...Pelosi...
"...$30,000 in two years on picture frames..."
where can the Bloated Government save money?
"$3,930 at Balfour Products, a company listed in expense records as selling "jewelry, watches [and] clocks" and items akin to class rings"
Since: Dec 10
#993722 Oct 2, 2013
Why does Baghdad Bob have more credibility than Jay Carney?
#993723 Oct 2, 2013
Typical right wing response from a moron who couldn't come up with a cogent counter argument to save their soul.
#993724 Oct 2, 2013
Do as I say...not as I do!
"TOM HANKS IRS AVOIDANCE"
Natl Enquirer makes an appearance!
Since: Dec 10
#993725 Oct 2, 2013
Let's go over this again. The election wasn't determined by campaigning. Before the storm and Christie sabotaging the Republicans, Romney was projected to win the election. The change in polls reflected the change in vote counts. Notice, that is "change" in, like you would use a delta in math.
As to the absolute count, I said this:
You invent way too much in your post. For example, concerning the election, I pointed out the fact that there were very many locations where it was obvious some programmer was so stupid they programmed the voting machines to steal 100 percent of the vote. Naturally, most of the programmers weren't that stupid, and they programmed the voting machines to steal one in three or one in four votes.
Nobody knows who won the last election.
#993726 Oct 2, 2013
OMG! Obama cancelled two trips because of the government not having money. He's sending John Kerry instead TO HANDLE MORE TRIPS. LOL!
Funny. If money is so tight because the government shut down (as the White House claims), why on earth is the United States even bothering to send John Kerry abroad in the first place?
It's a good question, no?
Shouldn’t the U.S. government just cancel both -- or dare I say, all -- diplomatic visits for the time being if the shutdown is really that painful?
I mean, Secretary Kerry would presumably require as big a security detail (and as large an entourage) as any sitting U.S. president traveling abroad, wouldn't he? He is, after all, America’s top foreign diplomat.
So if President Obama is “cancelling” these trips to “raise awareness” about the negative consequences of shutting down the government (and using the occasion to happily blame House Republicans for letting that happen), sending his top lieutenant instead of himself (and not cancelling any of the trips) hardly seems like an effective strategy.
Remember, Mr. President, these kinds of politic stunts tend to backfire.
Since: Dec 10
#993727 Oct 2, 2013
The video watched by the White House and everyone who is concerned proved Obama lied. There was no spontaneous demonstration.
The world gives a shit. That's why the entire world gave Obama a vote of no confidence on the Syrian issue, and with a slam-dunk case. The world thinks Obama (thus, the US) is fullofshit.
Now, why do you mindlessly regurgitate the obvious lies from Obama and the Democrats?
#993728 Oct 2, 2013
A disagreement or distrust of a government doesn't translate to a hatred of people under that government , except if you're a right wing moron like you.
#993729 Oct 2, 2013
It begins: First Obamacare security breach leaks 2,400 Americans’ info
An employee of Minnesota’s Obamacare exchange, MNsure, sent an unencrypted file to the wrong person and left 2,400 people’s private information at the mercy of a nearby insurance agent.
One exchange staffer’s simple mistake gave insurance broker Jim Koester access to an Excel document of Social Security numbers, names, addresses and other personal data for whole a list of insurance agents. Luckily for the 2,400, Koester was cooperative — and unnerved.
“The more I thought about it, the more troubled I was,” Koester told the Minnesota Star Tribune.“What if this had fallen into the wrong hands? It’s scary. If this is happening now, how can clients of MNsure be confident their data is safe?”
Isn't this all just SO HISTORIC?
#993730 Oct 2, 2013
LIONS AND TIGERS AND LOTS OF GLITCHES! OH MY!
I’ve written about the possibility of fraud, but as with all government endeavors, incompetence and carelessness are at least equal threats.(Like sleeping TSA screeners who when awake are stealing your IPAD from your luggage).
I’ll be damned if I’d put my Social Security number into one of these untested databases today, so it can be handed off to a random navigator without a background check, printed off and left in a public library printer tray, or leaked to a local insurance agent. This is dangerous stuff, and it will happen over and over again.
Citiznes trying to get into the Maryland Healthcare Connection yesterday after three hours of waiting, could not load more than one screen in the process.
Maryland has been proactive about exchange development, started on Day One after the law passed, is a small state with a frightening ratio of health care bureaucrats to citizens, and should have been one of the most prepared states to launch an exchange.
But Nope, Lions and tigers and GLITCHES! Oh my!
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