Your tax dollars to … another ad campaign to tout Obamacare

posted at 6:45 pm on June 20, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Remember those taxpayer-funded commercials with kindly Andy Griffith — the ones that promoted the ways the so-unaptly-titled Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act supposedly strengthens Medicare? They weren’t the last campaign of their kind. The L.A. Times reports:

The Obama administration is kicking off a nationwide ad campaign urging seniors to take advantage of free preventive services such as cancer screenings made possible in Medicare by the new healthcare law.

The campaign — featuring television and radio ads in English and Spanish … — comes on the heels of a new report showing that less than one in six Medicare beneficiaries have taken advantage of the new benefit since President Obama signed the law last year.

Donald Berwick, director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, says these ads are fundamentally different than the Andy Griffith ads, even though they also use taxpayer funding to tout the still-highly-controversial law. “Everyone is interested in prevention,” he said. “I don’t think this is a partisan issue.”

But even if that’s true — that most people recognize preemptive care goes a long way to lower costs — does that mean it’s the federal government’s responsibility to provide, advertise and urge preventive services on the public?

It’s hard to know where to draw the line between genuine public service announcements and inappropriate use of taxpayer dollars to promote partisan policy (or the partisan “free giveaway parts” of a policy that make a questionable law look more appealing). I’d say this falls in the latter camp, regardless of the advisability of preventive services, in general.

Education as to the contents of the bill ought to have taken place before Congress passed it — and at the expense of those who wanted to make it law, rather than now, when, conveniently and against ongoing opposition, the administration can pay for the ads with taxpayers’ dollars. It would have been better to ascertain whether the demand for “free” preventive services existed then rather than try to drum up demand now.

Berwick wants us to believe these are ads of a different ilk, but if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck …

 


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Not only are these ads deceitful and simply propaganda for Obama, but at the faintest evidence of a Republican using taxpayer dollars for a “tea party” event, the lefties start shrieking.

MeatHeadinCA on June 20, 2011 at 6:50 PM

All of a sudden Nixon looks like an angel.

fogw on June 20, 2011 at 6:50 PM

And the “ObamaRail” ad just above is not an example of our tax dollars advancing Obama’s green energy policy through Google?

Blue Collar Todd on June 20, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Please rich, retired folks in Florida…..Use the money from unretired working class proles like myself to get your “FREE” healthcare!

Us working dolts don’t need our money more than you do!

And hey….It’s FREE!

Opposite Day on June 20, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Instead of this or Amdy Griffith, Ernest T. Bass throwing rocks through windows and jumping around like a lunatic would be a better approximation of ObamaCare.

jon1979 on June 20, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Education as to the contents of the bill ought to have taken place before Congress passed it

But..but….but….Tina, according to Pelosi, “We had to pass the bill in order to see what’s in it!”

GarandFan on June 20, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Well isn’t it great that we’ve got plenty O’ Money to waste promoting a system that will bankrupt the nation?

Chip on June 20, 2011 at 6:57 PM

UmChellObama is now in Africa. Promoting.

Errr. I dunno, but it’s costing 100M for her to lend her joyant and boistrous presence to errrr. Africa.

/I’ve always heard that the last things Statists do is loot the treasury and flee. But of course, not. Neau. Neavah.

Key West Reader on June 20, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Remember those taxpayer-funded commercials with kindly Andy Griffith

Andy Taylor was kindly. Andy Griffith is a mean leftist libtard. He probable still expects to be named Secretary for National Moral.

Tommy_G on June 20, 2011 at 7:01 PM

You know it is really too bad WE THE PEOPLE don’t have a way of … oh say… Limiting what our feral government can waste our hard-earned Yuan promoting partisan political purposes?

Chip on June 20, 2011 at 7:02 PM

jon1979 on June 20, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Ernest T Bass was more eloquent in those days, than Andy Griffith is now. Good lord, what has happened to that man? What has happened to retiring gracefully?

manwithblackhat on June 20, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Preventative ‘care’ doesn’t ‘prevent’ anything.

Its a waste of time and money.

catmman on June 20, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Eh, for crying out loud wake up already.

They’re looting the treasury, throwing rocks and boogers at us, they’re making fun of us “proles”. They enjoy their status. They are elite. Above you and I of course. They will always be better than you and I, so you better make ready to float their boats of prosperity into their oblivious future.

Land Ho.

/Heh. Let them think it. It’s good for them… You know? To think and such things as that. Ick. I hate thinking, because I dewn’t half too.

Key West Reader on June 20, 2011 at 7:04 PM

But even if that’s true — that most people recognize preemptive care goes a long way to lower costs…

The CBO and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services both say that preventative care increases costs.

From Hotair August 2009:

Elmendorf (of the CBO) said that increasing prevention programs would necessarily increase the costs of delivering health care, not decrease them as Obama and his allies have argued.”

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/08/10/aip-column-many-ounces-of-prevention/

From Hotair Nov 2009:

While many argue that wellness programs decrease costs by preventing expensive-to-treat diseases, they don’t save money. More screenings and preventive care combined with a longer lifespan generally increase costs, the report says.

The CBO said the same thing more than two months ago. Early detection through screenings and preventive care will reduce treatment for patients who actually catch the diseases for which they get screened — but not overall, as most people don’t ever get those specific diseases. That’s a fairly obvious point, but one that Obama keeps getting wrong. That doesn’t make wellness and prevention programs wrong, but they’re not going to save money. In fact, they’ll make the system even more expensive than it is now.

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/11/15/study-shows-obamacare-would-cut-medicare-services-providers/

redeye on June 20, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Moochelle is in South Africa making lobsters an endangered species.

I keep expecting “Finding Bigfoot” to do a Whitehouse special.

Roy Rogers on June 20, 2011 at 7:05 PM

But even if that’s true — that most people recognize preemptive care goes a long way to lower costs…

Except it doesn’t lower costs.

forest on June 20, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Jim Nabors wasn’t available?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h86PCtb-4R4

Del Dolemonte on June 20, 2011 at 7:09 PM

But if the old folks get preventative care, they’ll live longer, and cost more…Did Obama think of this? IPAB will have ration care even more.

/s

Wethal on June 20, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Moochelle is in South Africa making lobsters an endangered species.

I keep expecting “Finding Bigfoot” to do a Whitehouse special.

Roy Rogers on June 20, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Don’t see it that way, Prole. It will depress you if you think beyond your means.

All of the lobsters are belonging to her and you will serve her, with defference and with full honors knowing that she is your queen. And whe loves them lobstahs.

She and her husband are only getting their due. Once you realize that this is what and who they are? You will know piece.

/

Key West Reader on June 20, 2011 at 7:15 PM

redeye on June 20, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Exactly

Aviator on June 20, 2011 at 7:16 PM

The feds are also lowering premiums for people with pre-existing conditions b/c no one is signing up for that either.

Maybe it’s all just a crummy program, Barack?

PattyJ on June 20, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Wethal on June 20, 2011 at 7:14 PM

ding ding ding

:)

cmsinaz on June 20, 2011 at 7:30 PM

jon1979 on June 20, 2011 at 6:52 PM
Heeyy Vern, know what I mean??

txmomof6 on June 20, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Preventative ‘care’ doesn’t ‘prevent’ anything.

Its a waste of time and money.

catmman on June 20, 2011 at 7:03 PM

First you’re born and then you die. No exceptions, at least not recently.

txmomof6 on June 20, 2011 at 7:49 PM

All your lobster are belong to us, huh?

Moochelle does not strike me as the sharing type.

Roy Rogers on June 20, 2011 at 7:55 PM

It’s hard to know where to draw the line between genuine public service announcements and inappropriate use of taxpayer dollars to promote partisan policy (or the partisan “free giveaway parts” of a policy that make a questionable law look more appealing).

I’m sorry, to me there’s no such thing as a “genuine” public service announcement underwritten by taxpayer dollars, with the possible exception of severe weather or serious national security alerts, or the like. While taxpayer funds obviously should not be used to subtly or otherwise promote the candidacy of anyone for office, as this ad surely does, there’s millions of dollars thrown away by bureaucrats everywhere on so-called public service announcements — at the local, state, and federal levels.

Just another way to rope whole classes of people who don’t know better into supporting more and more government spending.

TXUS on June 20, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Anyone who has watched the Democrats all these years, understands what’s going on right now. They won’t pass a budget because there is existing spending, buried in the last budget, for Obamacare that, if they pass another budget, might be removed.

The Democrats are also the party of, “We didn’t get our message out.” They believe that all they have to do is frame their response right and all those ignorant fools, who don’t like Obamacare now, will have a light go off in their head and come around. They just know if they push hard enough, they’ll get their message out and people will reverse the vote of 2010 and vote them all back into office again. If it doesn’t happen, it’s because they didn’t get their message out.

Vote Republlican and only be called a racist one more time.

bflat879 on June 20, 2011 at 9:12 PM

liberals just make me sick… I get speechless at some of their tripe. God save us, the GOP won’t.

ultracon on June 20, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Here’s the simple test…
Does it say “Obamacare”?
If not, it’s just noise.

If this is just another Medicare drum-up-business ad, it will pass un-noticed by 99% of the population. We have seen these ads so many times, advertising something for nothing, that nobody pays attention anymore.

If the ads make it clear that this is a new benefit paid for by Teh One is all his munificence, then it will be clear it is a political ad, and cancer prevention is beside the point.

Haiku Guy on June 21, 2011 at 7:23 AM

Let me guess. The focus of the ads is to convince me that it really is rain falling on my head?

John Deaux on June 21, 2011 at 8:36 AM