As part of the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act by the Obama administration, public institutions are being utilized to provide “navigators” working on behalf of organizations such as Planned Parenthood to implement the act. According to an email being distributed from administration to students at the University of Michigan-Flint, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Michigan is looking to “recruit volunteers and interns to help coordinate our Affordable Care Act (ACA) Implementation Plan. The focus of the project will be in Flint, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo. We do have plenty of opportunities across the state and will need to fill those roles as well.”
The email was forwarded on October 21 to interested parties by Suzanne Shivnen, of UM-Flint, “on behalf of Tony (ed. note: Marcantonio) Morolla, Internship Coordinator for Political Science and Public Administration,” at the local branch of the prestigious Michigan-based university. The original missive was signed by Megan Zapinski, who serves as Senior Field Organizer for the abortion provider in Kalamazoo MI.
According to the email, volunteers and interns for Planned Parenthood will receive training and certification in Obamacare rules and regulations, while also hosting enrollment events and conducting outreach to local communities. The call-out said, “This position will entail development, tracking, planning, and execution of outreach opportunities including tablings, educational presentations, community trainings, and enrollment events. The position provides the opportunity for interns and volunteers interested in Community Organizing, Volunteer Management, and Non-Profit Management to network with community organizations, coalition partners and individuals as well as to develop programs, events, and administration skills.”
Volunteers and interns for Planned Parenthood would work for a minimum of three months, while further opportunities with the organization could be potentially available after the initial time commitment.” The message added, “Please forward this to anyone who might be interested in this amazing opportunity. Have interested candidates reach out to email@example.com for more information.”
Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortion and contraceptive services in the United States and stands to profit from the provision of these services under Obamacare.