Planned Parenthood Takes the Lead in Obamacare’s Enrollment Army
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 2/19/14 1:21 PM
When Congress passed Obamacare, it did so over the objections of the pro-life community, which pointed out the ways in which it would fund abortions and send taxpayer dollars to the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
As the Obama administration struggles to sign up people for Obamacare, which is already rationing care as patients are denied or delayed treatment and hospitals and doctors offices closes, Planned Parenthood is taking the lead to assist the administration in signing up more Americans for the boondoggle.
The working relationship with the Obama administration will make it easy for America’s largest abortion business to sign up more customers for abortions and to plug them into their political system pushing and promoting pro-abortion candidates like President Obama. This is all funded with taxpayer dollars.
As the New York Times reports:
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. They are knocking on an average of 18,000 doors a day in eight states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.
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.
The efforts are important for Mr. Obama, who has been damaged politically by the initial failures of his health care website. Now, with HealthCare.gov finally working, his administration and outside supporters are racing to meet their goal of signing up seven million people by March 31. By the end of January, nearly 3.3 million people had enrolled. To the canvassers, at least, the original goal seems a long way off.
“Can’t sweat the small stuff, not in this biz,” Ms. Morwin said, after retreating from a run-down rental property on a modest street lined with palm trees in Hollywood, where she was once again informed that the person on her list no longer lived there. “You see the challenges I have?”
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. Using commercially available information, the data experts generate lists of people with rankings that indicate their likelihood of needing health insurance. The typical uninsured is younger, male and either low-income or unemployed.
People are scored from zero to 100, with those at the top most likely to be uninsured. By using an uninsured score of just 20 or higher, Planned Parenthood is casting a wider net to improve the chance that its door-knockers find people without insurance. In Broward County, home to 1.39 million people, the Enroll America data lists 284,000 such targets between the ages of 18 and 45.
In Florida, Planned Parenthood has turned the data into “heat maps” of the uninsured, with neighborhoods colored in varying intensities of red to indicate where most of the targets live.
After more than an hour canvassing Hollywood for Planned Parenthood, Alberonick Valsaint, 42, had yet to sign up anyone for health insurance.