September 6, 2013
$9 Million HHS Campaign to Promote Obamacare a Bridge to Nowhere
Jim Martin, “Ads to sell people on Obamacare when the program isn’t even up and running is taxpayer money spent on a hoax.”
(Alexandria, Virginia) — The 60 Plus Association, the nation’s largest conservative seniors organization and acknowledged alternative to the liberal AARP, today stood behind Senator Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) call for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to pull the plug on a planned $8.7 million ad campaign to promote Obamacare.
In a September 3rd letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Rubio wrote, “Until critical questions can be answered regarding the availability and type of health insurance to be provided by Obamacare, it is unconscionable to spend taxpayer dollars to promote and advertise Obamacare plans that have yet to be finalized.”
60 Plus Chairman Jim Martin praised Rubio’s crusade to protect the public from the Obamacare sales charade, “The whole Obamacare sales campaign is a bridge to nowhere. Taxpayer money spent on a program that Secretary Sebelius can’t even explain is wasteful and will prove confusing and disturbing to honest Americans looking for answers, seniors especially. Simple questions such as ‘when does it start?’ and ‘how does it work?’ are still far short of answers by the gang who can’t shoot straight.
“Does this Administration actually expect people to hand over their healthcare to bureaucrats who have missed half of their own deadlines and can’t even enact their own law? While they spend millions to sell the program with one hand, they hand out exemptions and waivers to their political base with the other. Getting on board Obamacare is like pressing the button for the elevator and stepping forward before the car arrives.
“And this president wonders why seniors voted so overwhelmingly against him. In fact had other segments of the voting public followed their elders Mr. Obama would now be back either teaching at Harvard or brushing up on his community organizing techniques. Seniors spoke out against the unaffordable Affordable Care Act, and they are still voting in their best interests health wise.
“As it pertains to Obamacare, the old saying ‘there is no there, there’ is entirely fitting. Selling the people on a product that doesn’t exist and nobody can explain is just the latest indictment of this failed and phony so-called healthcare reform.”