ACORN opportunities to receive funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Who benefits from Senate healthcare? ACORN!

Jim Brown – OneNewsNow – 12/23/2009 7:20:00 AM

A legal scholar says the Senate healthcare bill is not only stuffed full of quotas and preferences, but it also gives the disgraced liberal activist group ACORN opportunities to receive funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Harry Reid’s (D-Nevada) “manager’s amendment” in the Senate healthcare bill requires that six federal agencies each establish an “Office of Minority Health.” Under that requirement, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is supposed to award grants and contracts to organizations that are “indigenous human resource providers in communities of color” and engage in “community outreach activities” — the type of work ACORN says it has been doing for years.

Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, says scandal-plagued ACORN — the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now — is exactly the kind of organization that will be applying for and receiving these federal funds.

“It illustrates this wrong assumption that’s all throughout this huge bill, and that is there are all these racial preferences and racial quotas everywhere in it,” he explains.  “There’s this whole assumption by the left that the disparities in healthcare have to do with the racial background of doctors — something that is completely untrue — and it’s these kinds of things that in fact may worsen healthcare across the country.”

Senator Roland Burris (D-Illinois) said earlier this month that he would filibuster the healthcare bill if it did not contain a public option.  However, Burris now tells The Weekly Standard he was willing to support the Senate bill once the “disparity” provision was included in the manager’s amendment (pages 240-248).

Roland Burris

According to The Weekly Standard, ACORN also stands to qualify for funding on page 150 of the amendment, which states that “community and consumer-focused nonprofit groups” may receive grants to “conduct public education activities to raise awareness of the availability of qualified health plans.”


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