Public records provided to Red Mass Group by Mass Citizens for Jobs show that Nancy Pelosi’s daughter profited from the Massachusetts Obamacare rollout. In addition, the 2012 Obama Campaign’s data team was behind the targeting of canvassed households.
The Massachusetts Health Connector authority subcontracted with the health care community organizing non profit Health Care for All (HCFA) to provide canvassing services to help sell Obamacare in Massachusetts, as Red Mass Group previously reported. Prior to signing the contract to perform these services, HCFA and the Connector exchanged emails (pdf) to outline the scope of the work, and who would be performing it. In those emails (page 11) HCFA’s Maria Gonzalez writes to the Connector Authority to explain who would be running their back end data.
You did have questions about the Consulting(sp) firm, yes Campaign Industries LLC is the company behind Democracy Partners in the first instance, in the second case we are still in conversations for the database model but the vendor is likely to be Civis Analytics which is being negotiated by Campaign Industries LLC as well.
Who are these subcontractors being used by HCFA? Democracy Partners is a progressive campaign firm, who lists Nancy Pelosi’s daughter as a partner on their website. Civis Analytics was “born in a large back room of the Obama 2012 re-election headquarters.”
When Red Mass Group initially contacted the Health Connector Authority about the canvasses before the election and the possibility of Connector resources being used for political purposes, Jason Lefferts told Red Mass Group, he “wasn’t going to dignify your baseless accusation with a response?”
These new documents show that the concern is in fact a real one. Democracy Partners, on their website, outline their goals:
Everyone on the team at Democracy Partners shares the same values. We’re in business to elect Democrats and to create issue campaigns that turn progressive principles into progressive policy. We never back down from an important fight. But no matter what the odds we’re all about finding a path to victory.
Contacted today with this information, Lefferts said, “Massachusetts remains a leader in health care access, continuing to lead in the nation in health insurance coverage for its residents, and part of the reason for that is because of the work Health Care For All did during the Open Enrollment period, knocking on 50,000 doors and letting people know about the new benefits created by the Affordable Care Act. The Health Connector reviewed Health Care For All’s plans for this efficient and successful effort, and determined those plans were within the parameters of federal guidelines. The subcontract was of very limited scope and all of the scripts used by Health Care For All were approved and focused solely on the Affordable Care Act.”
When asked specifically about safeguards to ensure that data wasn’t used in future political campaigns, Lefferts has not yet responded to Red Mass Group.
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Civitas Analyitics, the folks from the Obama Campaign provide a simplified graphic on their website outlining how they work. Interestingly it shows canvassers talking about Obamacare and Civitas using that data to drive out the vote.
(Source: Civitas Infographic, accessed July 29, 2014)
Pioneer Institute Health Care expert, Josh Archambault, told Red Mass Group, “the use of explicitly partisan organizations should raise all sorts of red flags when voter registration efforts were underway as part of the ACA sign up process. The state should reevaluate their contracting process that allowed for such a questionable outcome, especially in light of the pending ramp up for open enrollment this year.”
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