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Do you have what it takes to peddle Obamacare?

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By Benjamin Yount | Illinois Watchdog

SPRINGFIELD — Wanted: entry level worker to enroll thousands in Obamacare. Pay: $12 an hour or more; some jobs are full time, others part time. Prior work in the medical or insurance industry not needed, but political campaign experience is a plus.

Immediate openings available, as Obamacare is set to roll in fewer than 90 days.

Between now and October, hundreds, if not thousands, of people will be hired in Illinois as in-person counselors for Obamacare. Their jobs will be signing up as many of the 1.2 million uninsured men and women as possible.

“These folks are going to have a key role in enrolling people in Obamacare,” said Jim Duffett, executive director Illinois’ Campaign for Better Healthcare. “They will sign people up for the exchange, or enroll them in Medicaid.”

KEY ROLE: Duffett says in-person assistors will be key to Obamacare's success.

KEY ROLE: Duffett says in-person assistors will be key to Obamacare’s success.

The state will soon spend $27 million to hire and train in-person counselors, the first wave of the Obamacare outreach team. Community health centers in the state are receiving $6 million to hire in-person counselors of their own.

Illinois is also spending another $35 million for a marketing team to pitch Obamacare across the state.

Duffett said he views the counselors as organizers, not salespeople.

“This is about organizing a campaign,” Duffet explained. “It’s very similar to finding people who do not vote.”

Brian Gorman is heading the outreach and enrollment efforts for Illinois. He most recently worked with President Obama’s re-election campaign.

The first in-person counselors will likely be hired by 42 community health centers across Illinois, which learned last week they will

OBAMA CAMPAIGN TO OBAMACARE: Gorman is running outreach in Illinois.

OBAMA CAMPAIGN TO OBAMACARE: Gorman is running outreach in Illinois.

split $6 million to hire 132 new workers.

“We’ll be able to hire the equivalent of nine full-time outreach and enrollment workers,” said Tom Owen, director of Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center, which received $338,554 from the federal government for Obamacare employees.

“We’re targeting the opportunity to certain people. We’re going to be working with community colleges and finding a population interested in having a job for a (year), a student population.”

Aunt Martha’s served 65,000 patients last year at its health centers in and around Chicago. Owen said 40 percent of its patients are uninsured and would be targeted to enroll in either Illinois’ expanded Medicaid program or an Obamacare insurance exchange.

The numbers are much smaller for Heidi Britton at the Knox County Community Health Center in Galesburg.

Britton said she will hire one full-time employee and one part-time worker with Knox County’s $63,000 grant.

“I think we have a lot of work to do between now and October when the marketplaces open up to understand the system,” said Britton, who doesn’t yet know how much time in-person counselors will spend on data entry versus “selling” the idea of Obamacare.

The new jobs will include a sales aspect, she said.

“We’ve already cracked the code as far as figuring out how to reach out to (the uninsured). The message coming from a community health center is going to be different from a message coming from the state of Illinois itself.”’

Late Wednesday, Gov. Pat Quinn’s office released a list of 44 additional community organizations that will hire their own in-person counselors.

The in-person counselors need to be hired quickly, as they need to be trained and licensed before Obamacare insurance exchanges open Oct. 1.

Email Benjamin Yount at Ben@IllinoisWatchdog.org and find him on Twitter @BenYount.


Ben formerly served as staff reporter for Watchdog.org.

  • c.j.

    44 additional organizations to propagandize 1/6th of the economy as beneficial to job growth and getting our growing national debt under control, and pensions, if and when they get people enrolled in both Obamacare as loyal Democrat voters as a prerequisite in being accepted…they will all be trained and brainwashed to be political hacks and socialist community organizers to bury us all in more debt.

  • RedSoloCup

    And the train wreck known as Obamacare gains more and more speed…

  • bonnieblue2A

    Wanted: Recruiters for the Socialist plantation. Must be able to pimp government dependency via Affordable Healthcare Act while distracting enrollees from the fact they will either have to work 3 part-time jobs or drop off the employment rolls completely. Fast track to area management opportunities for proven record of combined sales/enrollment onto federal disability, SNAP, Obamacare, and voter registration for the DNC. Applications from DREAMERs and other undocumented workers awaiting amnesty will be placed in the front of the line.

  • bonnieblue2A

    My previous post was only mildly sarcastic. It is apparently true that the Federal Data Hub where ALL of our medical record info. is to be placed will be used to solicit people to enroll in other subsidies AND for voter registration.

    Read the article at the following link: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/354031/obamacares-branch-nsa-john-fund