The Obama administration spent $77 million promoting Obamacare in 2016, according to the New York Post.
Contracts received by the news outlet show the federal government teamed up with Weber Shandwick, a Democratic public relations firm in 2016. The government paid the firm $74.15 million on July 28, 2016, and another $3.69 million on Sept. 9, 2016, promoting Obama’s health care plan.
“Tens of millions in hard-earned taxpayer funds spent on TV ads won’t sell a fundamentally flawed approach to health care,” a current White House official told the Post.
Pam Jenkins, president of the firm and its chairman, Jack Leslie, declined to comment on the contract, the Post reports.
The contracts revealed that the advertising money went to the following places:
- $64 million went to TV, digital, and radio
- $4 million went to creative development and production
- $5 million went to direct response marketing
- $2 million went to campaign strategy
- $1 million went to branding
- $1.5 million went to encourage small business enrollment
This comes as Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, along with other Republicans, are engaged in fighting to defend the replacement plan for Obamacare.
“I firmly believe that nobody will be worse off financially in the process that we’re going through,” Price said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” “understanding that they’ll have choices that they can select … the kind of coverage that they want for themselves and for their family, not [that] the government forces them to buy.”
But the New York Post reports that other Republicans, like Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), argue that the new plan could cause premiums to rise, preventing people from affording health care, altogether.
“I’m afraid that if they vote for this bill, they’re going to put the House majority at risk next year,” Cotton said.
H/T: New York Post
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