SPRINGFIELD - Forty-four Illinois politically-connected groups received $24 million in federal grants to train ObamaCare navigators, Illinois Review reported in October. Among the groups were public sector union locals, as well as immigrant- and LGBT-focused groups hand-picked by Governor Quinn.
The AIDS Foundation of Chicago reportedly received $650,000.00, the Chicago Federation of Labor Workers $250,000.00, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights $1,250,000.00 and SEIU Local 4 $710,000.00. The Springfield Urban League was marked for $244,000 in training funds.
When a undisclosed videographer visited the Urban League of Dallas, the on-site navigators told an ObamaCare candidate to lie on his application. That video was the topic of a congressional hearing last week chaired by Congressman Darrel Issa. Investor's Business Daily writes:
"Navigators from the Urban League of Dallas were captured on video, encouraging applicants to lie on their health insurance application so the applicants could qualify for tax subsidies," according to the committee report. "Navigators were also recorded advising an applicant to lie about her smoking habits to obtain a lower monthly premium."
In its ObamaCare sting, as National Review has reported, O'Keefe's Project Veritas undercover investigators targeted a National Urban League-run Texas navigator site that was paid $376,000 by the federal government to promote ObamaCare enrollment.
"There are many problems with the Affordable Care Act, but I don't think we ever expected it would be this bad," Issa said during the hearing.
Hard to imagine anything like that could have happened in Illinois though, from any of these ObamaCare training groups: