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McConnell Blasts Obama Admin For Spending $20 Mil To Promote Obamacare At A Time Of Record Debt & Deficit

Discussing reports yesterday that “[t]he Health and Human Services Department has signed a $20 million contract with a public-relations firm to highlight part of the Affordable Care Act,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor this morning to blast the Obama administration for spending taxpayer money to promote legislation most Americans disapprove of.


“While the President and his surrogates spend most of their time deflecting attention from his record, he’s got Washington bureaucrats working overtime to put a good face on it,” Leader McConnell said. “I mentioned yesterday that the administration is spending yet another $20 million in taxpayer money to promote a health care bill that most Americans want to see repealed.”


He also pointed out, “There’s a pattern here that I, and I’m sure many other Americans find pretty outrageous at a time of trillion dollar deficits and a near $16 trillion debt. The administration also spent more than $25 million in Stimulus funds on grants to a public relations firm, ostensibly to do public relations related to promoting the Stimulus. It spent nearly $20 million on mailings to seniors to tout Obamacare — a mailer, by the way, that the Government Accountability Office found overstated the law’s benefits. Millions more in taxpayer funds were spent on postcards that promoted Obamacare’s small business tax credit – a credit that the GAO said was ineffective and infrequently used.”


That’s not all. HHS emails reveal that the Obama administration spent at least $1.9 million on an online campaign for their website. The Heritage Foundation’s Lachlan Markay described that campaign yesterday:  “The Obama HHS launched a campaign to track Internet searches and to use online search engines such as Google and Yahoo to drive traffic to a government website promoting Obama’s health care overhaul.” And in 2010, over $3 million in government funds was spent on misleading Medicare ads trying to promote aspects of Obamacare. Also that year, The Washington Postreported that the HHS Department sent mailers to “40 million Medicare beneficiaries” touting Obamacare. Of course, those claims were flatly at odds with the analysis of Medicare’s own chief actuary.


As Leader McConnell said, “[T]he larger point is the fact that we’ve got a nearly $16 trillion debt, the largest tax hike in history right around the corner, chronic unemployment, and sky high gas prices, and this President thinks it’s a good idea to spend $20 million to promote Obamacare. We don’t have the money to begin with, and he’s spending it to market his policies? The President needs to face facts. Americans don’t want him spending their hard-earned money trying to spin policies they don’t like.”


About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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