ACORN Crooks on the March for Obamacare

Matthew Vadum is an award-winning investigative reporter and the author of the book, "Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts Are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers."


WADE RATHKEA corrupt union ringleader who orchestrated massive campaigns involving identity fraud in furtherance of voter fraud and who covered up a million-dollar embezzlement involving pension funds will soon have unfettered access to confidential information on thousands of people seeking health insurance.

The union thug is disgraced ACORN founder Wade Rathke whose shady union will soon be helping people enroll in Obamacare exchanges.

Rathke’s labor vehicle, United Labor Unions (ULU) Local 100 in New Orleans, announced on its Facebook page Sept. 15 that it was gearing up “to do mass enrollment and help navigate people into the marketplaces in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas under the Affordable Care Act!”

“Local 100′s role as a Navigator, suggest[s] the program is less about health care and more about building a new progressive infrastructure,” says longtime ACORN-watcher Mike Flynn of Breitbart.com.

The fact that Wade Rathke, a disreputable, radical left-wing community organizer, is allowed anywhere near the enrollment process ought to give all Americans pause. The only reason Rathke hasn’t been federally investigated for racketeering is because his allies control the federal law enforcement apparatus. President Obama pretends he has no connection to ACORN and Attorney General Eric Holder doesn’t care what laws have been broken because he approves of ACORN’s goals.

Of course, ACORN and the labor movement go way back. In 1979, ACORN created the United Labor Unions, which it used to organize low-wage, fast-food, and home healthcare workers in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas.

Yes, that’s President Obama’s former employer, ACORN, or the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

ACORN is the nonprofit group that knowingly hired felons convicted of identity theft to work on voter registration drives, giving them custody of sensitive voter information.

As I showed in my ACORN/Obama expose, Subversion Inc., ACORN is also infamous for hiring felons without bothering to do background checks, storming hospital emergency rooms and city council chambers, using voter fraud to turn graveyards across the nation into Democratic electoral strongholds, using mob violence against bank executives and other shakedown targets, and for ruthlessly exploiting its own employees and going to court to seek an exemption from minimum wage laws.

The 400,000-member organization, which filed for bankruptcy almost three years ago, was the nation’s preeminent Saul Alinsky-inspired street protest group — and the creepiest by far.

There are so many reasons why anyone connected to ACORN, especially the sleazy, smooth-talking, neo-communist con man Wade Rathke, cannot be trusted.

Dale Rathke, younger brother of Wade Rathke, stole a bit over $948,000 from ACORN in 1999 and 2000. Some of the money came from pension funds. Wade covered up the theft until it was discovered in mid-2008 at which point ACORN’s national board fired him and stifled an internal investigation into the crimes. With the richly deserved adverse publicity, grants from foundations began to dry up. ACORN filed bankruptcy on Election Day 2010.

The undercover videos shot by James O’Keefe III and Hannah Giles in 2009 that showed ACORN employees giving helpful advice on how to lie to the government, commit tax fraud, and trick banks into providing loans for brothels, helped kill off the group. That year Congress, which had given ACORN about $79 million in grants over the years, approved a law removing ACORN from the public teat.

It’s not that easy to get booted out of SEIU, America’s preeminent radical union, but somehow the ACORN-controlled Local 100 managed to do it.

As an SEIU official told me in October 2009, Local 100, which affiliated with SEIU in the mid 1980s, had its charter revoked by SEIU headquarters in September 2009. The bargaining unit was “not financially viable” and “simply couldn’t meet requirements to be a stand alone union,” she said without elaborating.

Given who’s running ULU, it is a foregone conclusion that ULU activists will abuse the sensitive financial, medical, and demographic information they take from vulnerable Americans, using the data for community organizing and partisan political advantage. That’s how Rathke operated over the 38 years that he headed ACORN.

Among the other left-wing organizations riding the Obamacare navigator gravy train are the Democrat-friendly groups Planned Parenthood, National Urban League, and Virginia Poverty Law Center Inc.

Many left-wing groups have not signed contracts with HHS or received government grants to enroll new patients but have nonetheless pledged to help promote the exchanges being created under Obamacare. Each recognized “Champion of Coverage” group vows to promote enrollment by emailing its members, hanging posters or giving out fact sheets and brochures, holding a conference call, or promoting enrollment in other ways.

Among the Champions of Coverage are Americans United for Change, Enroll America, Families USA, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), NAACP, MomsRising, Service Employees International Union, U.S. PIRG Education Fund, and Young Invincibles (Center for Community Change).

Enrollment will be a dangerous free-for-all because Obamacare “navigators” are barely regulated at all. By the way, the only reason there are any “navigators” is to help the Left, as Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has more or less admitted. Imposing rules would only interfere with community organizers’ ability to wreak havoc and spread the gospel of so-called social justice.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican office holder who is painfully aware of ACORN’s antics over the years, warns that the Obamacare navigator program, like all of Obamacare, is deeply flawed.

“‘Navigator’ is a crafty name, but in reality, there are very few restrictions on who they are, and what exactly they are supposed to be doing,” Jindal says. “‘Navigators’ are supposed to be hired to help consumers understand the law and the insurance coverage provisions in the new health exchanges. Sounds like a job for a rocket scientist.”

“The ‘navigators’ are prohibited from having financial ties to an insurance company, but other than that there are few constraints. Union organizers and community activists are among the types that are allowed to be hired as ‘navigators’, and having prior experience working in the health care field doesn’t seem to necessarily be a pre-requisite for the job. I wonder what percentage of these ‘navigators’ will be partisan Democrats?”

The navigators will have to undertake a mere 20 hours of online training, “which will apparently make them experts on the 1,000 page ObamaCare bill.”

These community organizers will have access to “social security numbers and tax information” and HHS isn’t even planning on running background checks before sending them out into the field. “Besides the obvious identity theft concerns, this is a frightening development in light of the political activities and invasion of privacy, which the IRS and others have engaged in during the Obama presidency,” Jindal writes.

But as we’ve learned in the Obama era, this kind of craziness is par for the course with community organizers.

HHS Secretary Sebelius previewed the Obamacare navigators program as she supplicated before racial arsonist Rev. Al Sharpton’s radical left-wing National Action Network (NAN) at its convention in the nation’s capital in April 2012. She urged activists to get into the trenches and fight for the misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) and to play Santa Claus, letting their neighbors know that the law gives them access to mountains of taxpayer-funded freebies.

“In our country what we know is health care inequality [has been] one of the most persistent forms of injustice but over the past three years, as Rev. Sharpton reminded us, we have begun to turn the tide,” Sebelius said. “Now is not the time to turn back.”

“We know that the best way to keep moving in the right direction is to get people the facts. Right now there are a lot of people who are benefiting from this law who don’t even know that’s why they are benefiting.”

“We need your help,” said the former Kansas governor, herself an accomplished shakedown artist.

Just last week President Obama picked up this statist narrative, declaring that his Soviet-style government health care scheme was all about civil rights. He expounded the ugly, neo-Marxist view that every American has the right to extract free medical care from taxpayers and unwilling providers.

“In the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one should go broke just because they get sick,” Obama bloviated. “In the United States, health care is not a privilege for the fortunate few, it is a right.”

Translation: No individual American will go broke because of Obamacare. Instead, the whole country will go broke.

And Wade Rathke’s ULU Local 100 will be at the forefront, helping to throw dirt on America’s coffin.

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  • Hass

    Wow, we too, have the same problem with Union Thugs.

    No matter what country they’re in, they represent bugger all for ordinary workers. But they do reap the benefits from the members funds that’s for sure.

    • indy56

      You say “we too” where is “we too”? If it is anywhere in the EU sorry, we are both in the same boat named socialism.

      • Hass

        Australia mate:)

  • oandroplex700

    when obams term is done, will he be rejoining acorn??

    • DJF

      HE WILL NOT BE LEAVING

      • MLCBLOG

        Isn’t Hillary next in line?

        • Nancy Pickering Churchill

          probably, because
          “Stupid is, what stupid does”
          And all the stupids came out and voted for our master 2X

      • Fritz

        How will he manage that? A military backed coup? He has burned the armed services so badly that they would probably take over themselves rather then back him. Term limits are in the constitution, even his own party won’t go along with a third or fourth term, too many other like Hillary want a kick at the can.

        • Richard White

          Here’s the plan:

          1) Arm and train DHS and FEMA. These are his personal shock troops with no military ethos and no Article 92 restraint. They will obey all orders, no matter how unlawful, and they will fire on unarmed citizens.

          2) Send any general with backbone to an overseas command. Particularly Marine generals.

          3) Create civil unrest (right up ACORN’s alley) to the extent that he can justify mobilizing FEMA and DHS to put it down.

          4) When necessary, nationalize the victim state’s National Guard, removing it from that governor’s command. This step might backfire, since NG personnel are real military.

          Note to NSA:
          This is just speculation for the plot of a thriller novel, not real life. Hehe. No, really.

  • adumbrate

    Meanwhile, Mr America himself, Paul Ryan is working on a covert amnesty deal.

    We are toast. Burnt toast. Can’t trust any of them.

    • MLCBLOG

      Sick.

  • davarino

    You think the navigators are bad, wait till they start appointing nurses as doctors. No disrespect for nurses, but they arent doctors. But as the pool of qualified doctors starts to shrink what else can they do, force doctors to practice? Well, I guess that is one option.

    • MLCBLOG

      Quality will rise to the top. It always does.

  • physicsnut

    dude – if you need NAVIGATORS, the thing is TOO COMPLICATED.
    It should have been struck down. Let’s see – I have not had insurance since 2008, yet the clowns think I should be subsidizing Sandra Fluke.

    • Lumpy Rutherford

      This is pure Cloward-Piven. They recommended social workers back in the 1960′s hit the streets to find people that weren’t on welfare, but could qualify for it. The plan was to overload each state’s system with moochers that the states would be bankrupted, and in need of a federal “bailout”. The bailout would come with strings. The end result was to be that the “rich” would be taxed in order to provide a federal “paycheck”–adequate to cover all living expenses–for every poor person in the country.

      • MLCBLOG

        You got it. This was in the works even before the brilliant Clow-Piv strategy was devised. The old-time socialists have been hard at work, converting the idealistic young of our nation and working their dirty deeds.

    • WW4

      “I have not had insurance since 2008″

      So what if you were to find you were extremely sick tomorrow? What would you do? And particularly, what would you have done prior to ACA implementation?

    • WW4

      “If you need NAVIGATORS, the thing is TOO COMPLICATED.”

      It may be too complicated for some, but not because of the need for navigators. Any insurance agent can tell you most people may be intelligent, but they don’t really know what’s in their health insurance. There are too many “moving parts” and too many variables in the language about what is and isn’t covered, eligibility, etc. And because employers by and large were responsible for providing insurance, people pretty much took what they were given.

      That is not to say is is too complicated for everyone: it isn’t.

  • AdinaF

    The very fact that anyone is still shocked, that a criminal gang is running Obama Inc., is what is really shocking.

    The fact of the matter is that a red/green alliance is in charge in Washington and they have a death grip on the nation. They know where they are going and will stop at nothing to effectual their goal – the bringing down of America.

    My actual book review ‘Bringing Down America, at American Thinker, tells much of the tale. Don’t be too shocked.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

  • VHG1

    This Obama sure has great friends, Ayres, Rathke, Khalidi, Rezko, all criminals what are the odds?

  • RLande

    Read the book “Universal Coverage” by Daniel Putrowski to get an idea of the future of Obamacare. When I read it I had sense of foreboding that I had when I read “1984″ in college. Unfortunately, Obamcare is just the beginning of universal coverage.

    • Fritz

      Well, at least until the bankruptcy hits, socialism fails when they run out of other people people’s money to spend, or borrow.

  • nomoretraitors

    ACORN crooks is a redundant phrase

  • ziggy zoggy

    Wade Rathke. Is that photo real? I can’t tell if it’s a zombie or a tranny. The red clown color hair dye is repulsive. It’s face is repulsive. I don’t know whether to shoot it in the head or play some Broadway show tunes.

    America is done and over.

  • MLCBLOG

    This is most unsettling. Now I totally get what the leftist plotters have been up to. The idea of socialized medicine was just a ruse to take over our entire system. Overwhelm it with cheating, lying, and stealing. Well, too bad. We are still gonna win. Powers of light do overcome powers of darkness. Freedom and free enterprise still afford the very best for humankind and many of us know that and work hard for it!!! These losers will have to hide in the bushes and watch.

  • Drakken

    I have to really wonder, just how much more is the American public going to take before the torches and pitchforks come out?

    • hiernonymous

      That depends – when do you plan on breaking out your torch and pitchfork?

      • Drakken

        When this economy tanks and it all comes grinding to a halt.

        • hiernonymous

          There you go then, you have your answer. The “public” will march when you march. I suspect that’s never, but only you know for sure!

  • T100C1970

    I simply can’t wait to see the James O’Keefe video featuring an new-Acorn “navigator” .

    I’m hopeful that anyone who has enough sense to have earned 10 cents in their lives will also have enough sense to immediately perceive the colossal ignorance of their “navigator” and RUN LIKE HELL. As far as the ones that live on the dole and trust their friendly navigator, I have NO SYMPATHY at all for whatever bad happens.

  • Fritz

    In a perverse way, this is good news in terms of building up political capital to repeal, and abolish the bloody thing. If they have Acorn nuts and union thugs engaging in identity theft, embezzlement, credit card, and electoral fraud through this all of those can be covered by laws at the state level, meaning Obama and Holder cannot protect them. Aside from the fact that this system will not work, if individuals or groups in these exchanges engage in such widespread criminal activity, are caught, and prosecuted, this will create a large enough scandal to justify scrapping the whole mess in the court of public opinion. It’s no surprise that this is what is happening, when you have the crook county political machine running the White House. As many already know, crook county (Chicago) is on course to become the next Detroit.

  • TMO

    Gee, ya think — ACORN cast offs are everywhere — they have been practicing with the Obamaphones and are geered up for Obamacare — soon we will all be Obamazombies.

  • xteeth

    Odd, I didn’t see any coverage of that lying weasel O’Keefe and his pimp Breitbart and their dishonest videos. My memory is that ACORN was cleared of all charges so we are just left with your whining.

    • Patti Mc Guire Baker

      Your very uninformed and confused …IGNORANCE IS BLESS … you knows whats odd … Breitbart is Dead ..so you might want to venture out and educate yourself before you give comments just saying…and Your memory of ACORN being cleared of all charges Tell’s me all i need to know about how informed your not ..