Obamacare is in the news again. Our broke and in debt federal government is spending a whopping $12 million (and counting) on an advertising campaign to promote it. If it was such a great law, why do they have to spend so much money trying to sell it after all this time. Oh yeah, because it stinks.
The Obama administration is readying a multimillion-dollar onslaught of ads in a dozen red states to encourage Americans to sign up for Obamacare insurance exchanges, media-tracking sources tell POLITICO.
The Center for Medicare Services at the Dept. of Health and Human Services has reserved at least $12 million in airtime starting Sept. 30 in Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Louisiana and Michigan.
All but one, Missouri, are led by Republican governors — including many who have been hostile to the health law — and even in Missouri, a Republican-dominated legislature has set an anti-Obamacare agenda.
The number of states and the total cost of the ad campaign are both expected to grow with the approach of the enrollment period that begins on Oct. 1. The administration awarded a $41 million PR contract to the firm Weber Shandwick earlier this year to promote participation. (Read More)
If that’s not bad enough, while chemical weapons were being used in Syria (by whom we still don’t know, despite claims to the contrary) the White House war room was being used for an Obamacare pow-wow. I wish I was making this up.
On Aug. 21, the day of Syria’s alleged chemical weapons attack, President Barack Obama called senior aides together into the White House’s secure, high-tech national security Situation Room to discuss … Obamacare.
The White House released an official photograph of the meeting, which had been scheduled before the apparent massacre, on its Flickr stream. It shows the president at the head of the table in the basement nerve center’s main conference room, apparently addressing officials on various video-conference screens.
That Aug. 21 meeting highlights how the administration has been using a secure facility originally designed to manage the government response to natural disasters or terrorist attacks, or oversee military operations, for purposes unrelated to national security. (Read More)
Is that extremely inappropriate, or am I just being too picky? Who knows, maybe they figure they’re at war with the American people on Obamacare, so they may as well use the war room to plot its implementation.