The Corner

Obama Administration Spends $12 Million on Obamacare Ads

Media-tracking sources tell Politico that the Obama administration has reserved at least $12 million worth of airtime to promote Obamacare in Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Michigan. Most states on the list have been hostile to the health-care law.

The administration has already doled out $41 million to the public-relations firm Weber Shandwick in order to promote the law, and the number of states targeted as well as the total cost of the campaign is only expected to rise.

Health and Human Services spokesperson Joanne Peters acknowledged that an informational campaign was underway stating, “Starting October 1 millions of Americans will be able to access quality, affordable health coverage for the first time, and we will continue educating and informing the uninsured of this opportunity.”

Several Republicans have spoken out against this advertising campaign, including Senator Marco Rubio, who called it a “blatant misuse of federal dollars.”

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